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We deeply appreciate your support; every dollar truly makes a difference.
Since we operate solely through the dedicated work of volunteers, our overhead is kept to a
minimum. That means almost 100% of your donation goes directly to those in need.
Dekpor School Development Organisation (DSDO) is a registered charitable organisation and
donations of $25 or more will receive a Canadian tax receipt.
Charitable Registration Number: 81867 3006 RR0001
There are several areas needing your support.
Any dollar amount can be designated toward the area of your choosing.
This is our greatest priority. The vast majority of Dekpor students are undernourished and go to school without breakfast and sometimes without any lunch either. Malnutrition is the leading cause of death in children in Dekpor, and not having proper nourishment leaves children highly susceptible to illness. Extreme hunger often causes school absence and certainly affects the ability to concentrate and learn effectively.
YOU can ensure that a Dekpor child receives a nutritious breakfast and lunch that include protein.
When a child is put on our food programme, we also cover the fees so they can attend 'summer' vacation school.
To provide breakfast and lunch to a child for a year: $165/child
Educational Assistant Sponsorships
Dekpor Basic school currently has 22 classrooms, and the only computer lab and the only library in the region. We've worked very hard since 2010 to repair, construct, renovate, and maintain all of the buildings on campus. DSDO has been covering the wages of the librarians since the library was built. These same dedicated individuals also oversee study hall in the evenings. In addition, we have tutors who help some of our students with special needs. We would love to provide some classroom assistants, especially in the kindergarten classrooms where the enrollment is particularly high.
Schools in Ghana are seriously underfunded, leading to massive class sizes. No classroom has a student-teacher ratio that would be considered appropriate compared to Canadian standards. Given the lack of supplies, teaching materials, and children who show up without paper and pencils, it is clearly a challenge for teachers to effectively instruct such large groups of children.
One educator touches the lives of many. We need your help.
One EA's wages: $1200/year
Any amount helps!
Water, Building, and Maintenance Fund
Since 2010, DSDO has worked very hard to make Dekpor Basic School a safe and attractive environment for our students. We renovated and extensively repaired all existing buildings on school campus. We have subsequently built 5 rain harvesting systems, a huge library, 6 junior high school classrooms, 6 kindergarten classrooms in a separate courtyard, and lobbied for the building of the 6 classroom block.
Our work extended beyond the school campus as we've mechanized 3 boreholes, put in 2 reverse osmosis units, built 3 water towers, have run water distribution pipes throughout the three villages, built 5 town toilet facilities, and put in street lights.
Maintenance and upkeep are vital. Paint is expensive; repairs add up. Classroom furniture is still required.
Donations of any amount help us achieve our goals.
Most Dekpor families are
struggling just to provide some food and shelter for their children Although the value of education is clearly recognized, it is often
financially completely out of reach. Several children are orphans
and simply have no means to go to school. (AIDS is not
prevalent in this area; it is usually malaria or typhoid that claim
A child’s dignity is important to us, and because of that, we do not
have labelled photos of available children to sponsor. DSDO
has carefully selected deserving children for a one-to-one
sponsorship. Children on our waiting list are placed in order of
Your $300 donation provides a lot for your sponsored child!
food programme (breakfast and lunch every school day)
national health insurance
emergency medical supplies
'summer' vacation school in August
a new uniform
pencils, pens, erasers, pencil crayons, and any other
exam fees (yes, even grade 1 kids write exams!)
any required hard cover notebooks, text books or workbooks
1 pr of shoes
after school classes, 1hr, 3 times/week
Upon receipt of your donation, we will send you a profile and
photo of your child. In both April and August you'll
receive updates and photos. It is our wish that anyone choosing
this option realises this is truly a one-to-one relationship and is
committed to helping their child for the future.
What is a tribute gift? It is a donation made in order to honor or remember someone.
You can make a tribute gift for a special occasion for any of the following, and we will prepare a
personalised eCard for you to send to the recipient: