Matt’s Dream

Matt Smart was just 15 years old when he first traveled to Nicaragua with the charity SchoolBOX. He volunteered to build a school and made amazing friendships with the children and the community where he was volunteering. During his trip, he saw the extreme poverty that many families face, and the barriers that all too often prevent children from getting a basic education. When he came back home, he knew he had to do something more to help.

Now a recent graduate and class valedictorian of Sacred Heart High School in Stittsville, Matt is pursuing Early Childhood Education at Algonquin College in Ottawa in the fall of 2017. Matt’s dream is to raise enough money to build an entire classroom with SchoolBOX in the summer of 2018.

‘Matt’s Dream’ classroom will provide a safe and dignified place for children to get an education for many generations to come. With the strong support of people like Marianne Graham, a friend and mentor to Matt, as well as an entire community of family, friends and fellow volunteers Matt is currently about half-way to meeting his goal of $24,000 CAD to fund the classroom. Please donate here to help him raise the second half!

Matt will lead a team of volunteers to build his school in summer 2018. For more information on the SchoolBOX International Volunteer Program, please visit:

In order to support Matt’s Dream, please click below. All donations made via CanadaHelps are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.

Matt’s classroom will help students in an impoverished community for generations to come. Let’s work together to make his dream a reality. Please click below to Donate Now.


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 has built 84+ classrooms in Nicaragua and serves over 18,000 students and teachers in over 100 communities on an annual basis. SchoolBOX is committed to eliminating poverty through education.

For more information, please contact Stephanie Rudyk –