Dekpor Basic School

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:

  • Education
  • Water
  • Nutrition
  • Health care
  • Sanitation
  • 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)

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October 2018

October donations:

  • Susan Heagy - Bonanza! Sewing goods, shoes, clothing, teaching materials, toys, and more!
  • Tracey Ratcliffe - soccer clothes
  • Barb Bulloch - shoes and sewing notions
  • Nicola Tideman - shoes and backpacks
  • Christian Cordeau - children's clothes, toys

October 26, 2018

Austrian friends arrive in Ghana!
Austrians arrival.

October 24, 2018

Today was a special day in Dekpor because it was the official opening of the Yia #3 Town Toilet! We are forever grateful to our incredibly generous sponsors (they prefer to remain anonymous) who made this happen!
Dekpor Yia town toilet 3 opening.
Dekpor Yia town toilet 3.

October 21, 2018

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon was another huge success! With 18 signed up and 13 actively fundraising, we managed to raise $19,508! ($845 offline and $18,663 online) Thanks to every single person who helped us surpass our goal!
Marathon participants.
Summary of marathon funds raised.
More marathon participants.

October 17, 2018

Yet another shipping day! This time there are 5 suitcases, 1 massive hockey bag, and 4 Rubbermaid containers on their way to Ghana. Shipping from Ontario thanks to Susan Heagy, Windfields Middle School, and assorted other individuals!
Items ready for shipping to Ghana.

October 12, 2018

Now, here is a heart-warming story. Three years ago, Emma Camire-Cameron attended Windfields Middle School and was part of the team that helped collect and assemble Ghana Gift Bags. Apparently she's never forgotten. Today she held the first meeting of the York Mills Dekpor School Development Club and invited Carol to speak. Can't wait to see what York Mills Collegiate has up their sleeves!
Emma Camire-Cameron with her dog.
York Mills Collegiate

October 12, 2018

Windfields Middle School rocked their shoe drive! Carol picked up 14 big school-sized garbage bags and got them ready for the shipper all in one day. Thanks to the Mustangs for their generosity!
Boxes of collected shoes.
Suitcases full of collected shoes ready for shipping.
Windfields students.

October 3, 2018

Carol was off to the shipper again! This time there were the shoes and backpacks from Aurora Prep Academy, Moraine Hills P.S., and a variety of goods that were donated by individuals! See the list from September 30th to know what went. There were 3 boxes, 8 suitcases, and 4 huge shipping bags!
3 boxes, 8 suitcases, 4 shipping bags

October 3, 2018

Moraine Hills Public School just finished off their shoe drive and they collected 8 big bags of fantastic shoes! They did such an amazing job of sorting and matching that Carol was able to prep for shipping in record time (meaning same day and within a couple of hours)!
One pair of collected shoes.
Bags of collected shoes.
Tables with bags of collected shoes.

October 2, 2018

Several of our sponsored students had the opportunity to go shopping because their sponsor gave some extra gift money. Whenever that happens, Linda and Abraham take them for a van ride to a market where they can choose for themselves. All children stick to the basics such as underwear, socks, undershirts, and clothing. Oh what an incredible treat!
Four children with purchases.
Boy with purchases.
Girl with purchases.

September 2018

Thanks to the following people for donating goods during September:

  • Ali Afshari - laptops, bicycle repair supplies, learning materials
  • Ramya Raghavan - clothing
  • Sue Walters - laptop
  • Rita Forte - running shoes
  • Christian Cordeau - children's shoes + outdoor toys
  • Julie Robertson - dry erase markers, permanent markers, pencil crayons, cell phones, clothing
  • Cathy O'Malley - backpacks, shoes, math goods
  • Aurora FC - 2 bags of soccer clothes, water bottles
  • Tine Muir - shoes, clothes
  • Carolyn Woollings Carcone - sewing notions
  • Tracey Martin - soaps, shampoos, clothing
  • Jean Anderson - clothing

We also received suitcases from:

  • Susan and Tony Anderson (6)
  • Jo Anne Richardson (6)
  • Vicki Bardacki (2)
  • Katie Rizik (1)
  • Kelly Kearns Himelfarb (4)
  • Krista Kroon (1)
  • Brandy Kinnear (2)
  • Rikki Chojnacki-Pennacchio (1)
  • Hedy Chase-Rattner (1)
  • Meghann Anderson (2)

September 27, 2018

There were 12 Semester at Sea students in Dekpor for a whirlwind visit hosted by Linda and Abraham. They had a tour of the village, spent time at school, and had a glimpse of life in Dekpor. See Step-by-Step - 2018 for more photos.
Semester at Sea students.
Semester at Sea student with small child.
Semester at Sea student with several older children.

September 26, 2018

Carol stopped by Aurora Preparatory Academy to pick up their collection of goods: 18 bags that were filled with 59 backpacks, 100 running shoes, and 16 pairs of soccer cleats! What a great show of spirit!
Pre-packaging
Goods collected by Aurora Preperatory Acadamy for donation to DSDO.

September 26 , 2018

Off to the shipper we go… Carol's van filled to the roof, and Trevor Martin's vehicle also! En route to Ghana is 17 suitcases and 11 boxes!
Suitcases and boxes ready to go to Ghana.

September 24, 2018

Ashlyn, Rachel, and Tracey Martin to the rescue to help prep the morning's haul for shipping. Extremely grateful for their assistance!
Rachel, Ash, Tracey helping out.

September 19, 2018

First day of school for our first year students attending Anloga Tech Secondary School. Good luck to Ruben and Patrick!
Rubin and Patrick.

September 18, 2018

Dekpor Basic School just enjoyed the first school luncheon of the year, thanks to Ledgir House! Such a wonderful treat for our students!
Students with 'Thank you' sign for Ledgir House.
Young student enjoying lunch.

September 18, 2018

Grand opening of the newest kindergarten classrooms. Several dignitaries attended! This entire structure and area was made possible by Susan and Tony Anderson. What a gift it is for our youngest students! When DSDO started our work in Dekpor, our kindies were under a massive mango tree. Not any longer!
Kindergarten opening ceremony.

September 12, 2018

Ten first year students have just started at Atorkor Vocational High School today! Excitement plus!
10 new Atorkor first-year students.

September 10, 2018

Today is the first day of school at Dekpor Basic, and also for some of our sponsored high school students!

September 8, 2018

80 brand new, shiny double desks have arrived at Dekpor Basic School, thanks to Tony and Susan Anderson! That is giving 160 students a reliable place to sit and work.
Children sitting at new desks.

September 7, 2018

Shipping arrived in Ghana and unpacking has begun!

September 3, 2018

Keilor Views Primary School in Australia just finished their highly successful Kids Feeding Kids initiative, and this time they raised an incredible $2077! A very special shout out to Sara Fasano for bringing DSDO to Keilor Views!

August 31, 2018

We just finished re-screeding the floors of 6 classrooms. One of the school campus buildings was built in 2012 by the government, and the workmanship wasn't what we'd hoped for. Thanks to the donation from Susan and Tony Anderson, we were able to fix the 6 classroom floors and the outer porch area also!
Floor before re-screeding.
During re-screeding process.

August 30, 2018

A big meeting was held in the library for all of our sponsored students and their parents/guardians. Rules, expectations, and advice for the future were shared and the exciting finale was when students received their back to school bags. Thanks to all of our child sponsors for giving kids the opportunity to go to school with the supplies they need!
Kids' meeting (1)
Kids' meeting (2)
Kids' meeting and supplies.

August 24, 2018

Carol picked up the last of the math materials today. More than $3500 worth of learning tools, equipment, and manipulatives were purchased, all thanks to a generous donation from Joyce Wilson!
Math manipulatives

August 21, 2018

High school students are getting many jobs done over the next while: cleaning the gutters and ditches that run along the road, washing the classrooms, painting, planting trees, transplanting grass, sorting toys and learning materials, weeding, repairing furniture, and assorted other jobs.
Kids working.
High school kids working.

August 19, 2018

Purchasing student supplies for the next school year has started. Abraham and Linda need to make many trips to various locations in order to get all of the items required by both elementary and secondary students.
Supplies for school.
Buying supplies for school.

August 18, 2018

Dekpor students are sad to see Helen and Sasheen leave the village. What wonderful connections they made with the children!
Helen and Sasheen leaving Ghana.
Sash and Hel saying by.

August 17, 2018

The last day of 'Summer' Vacation School. What a great three weeks it was, especially due to the help of Becky Thompson (2 weeks) and Sasheen Niles and Helen Rochon who both were there for the duration.
Becky teaching during vacation school.
Sash teaching during vacation school.
Helen teaching during vacation school.

August 10, 2018

Student update and renewal letters were sent out. It is a lot of work, both in Ghana and Canada, but it's so wonderful for the sponsors to get personalized information and receive a message from their child.

August 3, 2018

There was a wonderful workshop put on by Becky and Sasheen to help familiarize the Dekpor teachers with the math manipulatives that have just arrived.
Becky and Sasheen leading workshop.
Teacher at workshop.

July 30, 2018

Many thanks to the following people:
  • Karen Burke - loads of teaching materials
  • Rita Forte and Paula Lamanna - 3 sets of suitcases
  • Jenna Capstick - laptop and iPad

And thanks to the following volunteers who helped in Ontario by getting the math materials ready:

  • Donna Jamieson
  • Rachel Lee
  • Claire Wilson

July 30, 2018

'Summer' vacation school started. Three weeks of half days that focus on English and math. We've hired 12 teachers and have our 3 outreach volunteers assisting also. What an incredible experience!
Smiling 'summer' school kid.'

July 28, 2018

Three outreach teacher volunteers have landed in Ghana today! We welcome Sasheen Niles, Helen Rochon, and Becky Thompson!
Outreach volunteers - Sasheen, Helen, Becky.

July 27, 2018

It's the last day of the term for our Dekpor Basic School students.

July 13, 2018

Plenty of sorting and packing happening in Ontario. Getting ready to give three suitcases to three outreach volunteers and to send a big shipment!
Suitcases ready to go!

July 10, 2018

Carol picked up another $600 of math materials -- made possible by the generous donation from Joyce Wilson. Lots of behind the scenes work is being done to prep it for Ghana. Thanks to Donna Jamieson, Claire Wilson, and Rachel Lee for their help!
Claire Wilson helping out.
Rachel Lee helping out.
Donna Jamieson helping out.

July 5, 2018

We'll have several goods being distributed in the next month. They are from the three suitcases that Linda took in May, from our May shipment from Ontario, and from our Austrian friends: children's clothing, shoes, gifts from Austria.
2 children in new dresses.
Child in new dress.

July 3, 2018

Kindergarten classrooms #5 and 6 are underway, thanks to an extremely generous donation made by Tony and Susan Anderson! This is the last building project that we have to do on school campus!

July 1, 2018

A little out of order time-wise, but we have three women who have diversified their farming, thanks to a donation from Donna and Ron Jamieson in honour of Carl. All three are giving sweet potatoes a try and we're rooting for their success!
Sweet potato farmers in field.

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