Father Rick’s School

When Ray and Lorna Brule planned their trip to Nicaragua to work on a SchoolBOX classroom building project, they were immediately reminded of their dear friend, Father Rick Marples, whose life had made a similar impact on so many kids in his community. During their trip alongside St.Paul’s (Kanata) and St. Thomas (Stittsville) Anglican churches, they experienced education’s power to transform the lives of children in Nicaragua. They promised to return to Nicaragua to build a school. Their hope is to build it in honour of Father Rick.

Father Rick passed away on September 17th, 2015, but his life touched so many. Always ready to lend a helping hand, Father Rick volunteered at schools, coached softball and minor hockey, was a high school chaplain, and canvassed for charities. With an infectious smile and compassion, Father Rick served in several parishes in the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.

Now friends and community members whose lives were impacted by Father Rick are working together with SchoolBOX to build a school in Nicaragua in his honour. They are requesting prayers and donations for the construction of a new school, complete with washrooms and mini-library. As Father Rick loved sports, their hope is also to construct a soccer field that children could use on a daily basis.

Father Rick’s School will empower countless students to get a basic education in Nicaragua for generations to come. Family, friends and community members connected to Father Rick are invited to travel to Nicaragua to work on this school building project. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please email: volunteer@schoolbox.ca.

Let’s make this school in Father Rick’s memory a reality.

Click below to donate online via CanadaHelps.


Cheques can be made out to SchoolBOX with ‘Father Rick’ in the memo:

P.0. Box 201
Almonte, ON

All donations to over $20 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

Ray and Lorna Brule during their July 2016 SchoolBOX experience

St.Paul’s and St.Thomas Anglican Churches group at the Mirna Martinez School site 

About SchoolBOX
SchoolBOX is an organization that is committed to ‘Making Education Possible’ for the children of Nicaragua. SchoolBOX implements cost effective programming by building schools, providing school supplies, libraries, teacher training and school soccer programs.

SchoolBOX is building their 80th classroom in Nicaragua and serves over 17,000 students and teachers in 96 communities on an annual basis. SchoolBOX is committed to eliminate poverty through education.