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Fund Raise For Dekpor! A night of celebration to raise funds for student sc...
Sat, 29 Apr 2017, 7:30 PM
Fundraising for Dekpor! A Night of Celebration to raise funds to sponsor highschool students Your donation will go toward high school scholarships that will allow impoverished students the opportunity to receive an education above the elementary school level.
Larry Graves the Juno-nominated multi-percussionist, drummer and composer will be performing Ghananian music with his group Orkestra Gotigo. The band Vicars of Vinyl will be playing music from the 70's. Join us for a night of Drummers, Dancers, Musicians, food stalls, hair braiding, selling of Ghanaian handmade goods, and much, much more!
Since 2009, Dekpor School Development Organisation (DSDO) has focused on education, health care, water, sanitation, nutrition, and sponsorships for children and educators. Their list of accomplishments is extensive--see www.DekporSchool.org or www.facebook.com/DekporSchool for more information. And the needs are many.
For a student wanting to attend school, their day is hard and money is scarce. Take Gifty, for instance.
It’s between 4:30 and 5 a.m. and her day has started. She is awoken by the crowing of a rooster. She gets up off the thatch mat on the dirt floor, and stretches, knowing there is a long day ahead. First job is to walk to fetch water. Walking there isn’t so bad, but coming back with more than 20 kg balanced on her head is not very comfortable.
She goes to school for the day and she does her very best. The teachers know she is smart. She knows she’s smart...but it doesn’t mean much if she can’t continue her education.
After school she walks to the plot of farm land that her mom and grandma work. Subsistence farmers. Yep, barely growing enough to eat...she always feels hungry. They work until the sun goes down.
At their mud hut, they build a fire to start dinner. It takes a long time to prepare. She is responsible for helping cook, doing the dishes and laundry, and sweeping around the home. It’s dark. She’s tired, and every day is a repeat of the last.
The end of the school year comes and she writes her final exams. Results come back in September. Amazing--the highest grades in her graduating class! Yet it isn’t enough. It isn’t enough, because the closest secondary school is not in Dekpor. It’s in Weta. As much as her mom values education and knows it’s necessary to help break the cycle of poverty, she has no cash at all to pay the $600 for the year of schooling.
What is ahead? Years of working the land? Never being able to get ahead? A dead end?
This is the life of Gifty. She has the marks. We can give her a bike so that it will only take 30 minutes to ride to school. She has the determination and drive. What we don’t have is the $600 to help her pay for the school fees, text books, exam fees, school supplies, PTA fees, and so on.
Gifty doesn’t know we’re doing this, but we’ve gone to bat for her. We want her to get an education. We want her to keep her dreams alive.
There are many students with similar stories. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!