Run or Walk for Us!
Toronto Waterfront Marathon
Fundraise for us and get cool Ghanaian prizes!
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Visit the DSDO event page.
Email Carol for specific details, discount PIN code, and help registering.
If you can't join us that day, please sponsor Carol!
Thank you for making a difference!
At a Glance
We work in Dekpor, Ghana where all residents live below the poverty level and face a daily struggle to survive.
Our Areas of Focus:
- Health care
- Sponsorships (children and educators)
One of our directors lives in Dekpor—we are able to work with the residents of Dekpor to best service their needs. Our overhead is minimal (our only expenses are maintaining our domain status, annual financial statements, and foreign exchange costs), so your donation goes exactly where you allocate it! We are volunteers who work hard to make the most of every dollar donated.
Dekpor School Development Organisation is a registered Canadian charity and recognized NGO in Ghana. (Since 2011)
Read the Samaritan Magazine article Two Toronto School Teachers Take On A Village.
We're making a difference!
|March 18, 2015||Thanks to Busch Systems for their generous funding, we've held our second of three National Health Insurance renewal days.|
|March 15, 2015||Thanks to Ken Glance who headed back to Dekpor AGAIN. This time he had more than 100 pounds of running shoes from
Highvew Public School (in Aurora) with him!
|March 2, 2015||Yay! Another elementary student has been sponsored by one of the Kempenfelt Rotarians who listened to Carol's talk on Wednesday! Now we're at 33 Dekpor Basic School children being fully sponsored! This is such a HUGE thing that allows a child hope for their future ...what a gift!|
|February 26, 2015||A new girl has been sponsored! We're at 32 elementary, 6 high school, and 3 apprentice students!|
|February 25, 2015||Thank you to the Kempenfelt Rotary Club of Barrie for inviting Carol to come back to speak! It was a pleasure to get to share all of the wonderful achievements we've accomplished in the past year.|
|February 23 & 24, 2015||Ketu North held a sports day and Dekpor Basic came back the winners of 5 of the 6 competitions! Fantastic!|
|February 23, 2015||AWESOME! Today 20 new children were put on the food programme! We are now feeding 105 students!|
|February 18, 2015||Thanks to Richmond Rose Public School in Richmond Hill. At Valentine's Day they made and sold friendship bracelets and raised a whopping $1130.33 to be put toward our food programme! Such awesome news!|
|February 15, 2015||Linda headed back to Ghana with 50 lbs of soccer goods. Thanks to AYSC for your ongoing support!|
|February 2015||Thanks to Minesing Central's Leadership Team and Mme Nacarrato and Collier Street Dental for selling $960 worth of jewellery.|
|January 2015||Former Semester at Sea student, Erica Lieppman, was very touched by her experience in Dekpor. This year for her birthday she ran an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for DSDO and collected
$2411! Thank you Erica, for sharing your birthday with the children of Dekpor!
Erica in Dekpor
|December 2014||Looking to get a Christmas gift for someone who is seemingly impossible to buy for??? A tribute gift is just the thing! You can choose the wording for the eCard. See our Donation page for details.|
|November 2014||It's official... we've got clean water! (Borehole album coming soon!)|
|October 30, 2014||Lucy Romyn arrives for a whirlwind visit in Dekpor and brings lots of
shoes and 3 laptops (thanks to Shoreham College for your help). Linda and Ab took her to view the
pavilion classroom she funded.
|October 25, 2014||Linda started doling out the 226 pairs of shoes.
The parents are so pleased; the kids are so excited! See the
Shoes photo album.
New shoes; new jersey; new book!
|October 23, 2014||Linda returns to Ghana with 10 pieces of luggage stuffed with shoes, laptops, pillowcase dresses, belts, and some soccer clothes!|
|October 22, 2014||Carol was invited to speak at Minesing Central Public School. The leadership team
is going to sell bracelets.
Minesing Central Public School
|October 20, 2014||Highview Public School's shoe drive was a huge success!
121 pairs of very gently used, and some brand new, shoes were donated. They
will be heading to Dekpor in February.
|October 19, 2014||Our second time participating in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon...and it was a great day!
$11,367 raised for our food programme. See the photo album
for more details.
DSDO Directors at Marathon
|October 11, 2014||A couple of years ago, Linda submitted a proposal to the
Standard Chartered Bank in Accra, and they just came
through with a wonderful donation of 100 desks for our older students. With our enrollment just under 800, this furniture is much
|September 22, 2014||Barriston Services Limited
donated 19 laptops!! What an incredible difference that will
make in our computer lab!
|September 15, 2014||The new school year has begun at Dekpor Basic.|
|September 12, 2014||Thanks to Sophie, the Leadership Team, and Mme Naccarato of
Minesing Central P.S., a crazy pile of running shoes
was collected in just a few days!
|September 12, 2014||Thanks to Busch Systems for collecting 30 lbs of shoes!
|August 31, 2014||Thanks to Mackenzie Clark and the campers at
Big Canoe Camp in Bracebridge, 33 macramé belts were
made for our students and will be heading to Dekpor in October.
|August 28, 2014||Wow! We've had 6 new students sponsored this month! We now have 30 elementary, 6 high school and 3 apprentice students under our wing! If you are interested, read our Child Sponsorship FAQ .|
|August 23, 2014||Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, year 2! Busch Systems and BDO Barrie have done it again. This time they raised a whopping $5714.10!|
|August 22, 2014||The commissioning for the borehole happened today! Yippee...what an accomplishment! (photo album coming soon)|
|August 20, 2014||Ledgir House of British Columbia made an amazing donation that is being used to help with our borehole project! Wow!!!|
|August 19, 2014||Thank you to the Newmarket Running Room for inviting Carol to come and talk. May your
October 19th run be fueled by gratitude!
|August 13, 2014||DSDO has donated funds to help open the local clinic. We have paid for 3 desks, 6 chairs, shelving units and 2 benches. (photo album coming soon)|
|July 28, 2014||'Summer' Vacation School has started and will continue for the next 5 weeks. It's a great chance for our fully sponsored and food programme kids to get some extra math and language work done when the student-teacher ratio is much lower. We have hired 6 of our DSDO teachers to deliver the classes. Photos here.|
|July 24, 2014||The water tower is getting taller!|
|July 16, 2014||Tribute gifting is a wonderful thing! Because of
Karen Burke's special birthday
on July 16th, several of her friends donated towards both the food programme and teachers' wages. We took some of that food money and held
an end of year celebration lunch that we called 'We Love Karen'. See the photos.
|July 11, 2014||Concrete for the second level of the tower was poured.|
|July 11, 2014||Third day of National Health Insurance card registration at the school. Thank you to Busch Systems for making this happen!|
|July 4, 2014||Thanks to Ken Glance for volunteering at the school again this year. Today was his last day.|
|July 3, 2014||Concrete for the water tower was poured! (photo album coming soon)|
|July 1, 2014||Thanks to a generous donation from Linda and Abraham, our new computer lab is up and functional!|
|June 30, 2014||Our friend, Greg Farrell, former principal of Louis-Honore Frechette Public School and more recently of Sam Chapman P.S., bid au revoir and on his behalf a wonderful donation was made to our food programme. We wish Greg all the best at his new job!|
|June 27, 2014||The foundation for the water tower was dug.|
|June 24, 2014||After 3 unsuccessful drilling attempts, we have come up with a viable plan. We will be using two old existing boreholes and installing a reverse osmosis unit.
|June 20, 2014||This was the last day of exams for our JHS3 (equivalent to grade 9 in Canada) students. For many, this was their last day of school -- ever.|
|June 19, 2014||The Pavilion Classroom, built with funds generously donated by Lucy Romyn and Timothy Romyn, is complete!|
|June 7, 2014||Carol and Andrew sold bracelets at the spring AYSC festival. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to find out more about DSDO!|
|May 25, 2014||We are beyond excited to announce that the geological investigations for drilling a borehole have started!|
|May 16, 2014||The Aurora Youth Soccer Club continues to support our work. Check out the article in the latest copy of Blades of Grass, 4th edition.|
|May 14, 2014||Another big thank you to Ken Glance for lugging an extra suitcase of goods for us. Ken is going to spend 6 weeks volunteering at the school again!|
|May 9, 2014||
Ms Duggan and her Me to We group at
John F. Ross CVI in Guelph did an great job of selling jewellery at their school and at the Guelph Farmers' Market! Their sales reached $911!
|May 9, 2014||A big shout out to
Mr. Adam Sanderson and the students of St. Julia Billiart Catholic School
in Markham for selling $2584 worth of bracelets! This is the second time this wonderful school has done fundraising for DSDO!
|May 9, 2014||Thank you to
Ms Marchand and the grade 6 social studies students at Highview Public School in Aurora for selling $1200 worth of bracelets and to Mrs. Durno and her grade 2/3 class for buying $152 worth of beads to make special gifts for their moms! Highview has been a great supporter of our work, right from the get-go! We thank you!
Kids at Table
|May 5, 2014||We are excited that three schools are going to sell bracelets to help raise funds. A big thank you to John F. Ross CVI in Guelph, St. Julia Billiart Catholic School in Markham, and Highview Public School in Aurora!|
|April 21, 2014||Thanks to a very generous donation from Lucy and Timothy, friends from UK, we have started building a pavilion room! (Album coming soon)|
|April 4, 2014||We hosted a special celebration at the school today as we supplied 'Lunch on Us' for all of the students. Big smiles. Read more about it in our blog post Lunch on us or see the Step by Step - 2014 album.|