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 brand new classroom for the children at Kilaca School in El Viejo, Nicaragua. They are requesting prayers and donations for the construction of one new classroom, complete with desks, chairs, and whiteboards.

Family, friends and community members connected to Father Rick are invited to travel to El Viejo, Nicaragua to work on building this new classroom. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please email: volunteer@schoolbox.ca.

To make a donation to the Father Rick campaign 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.

Photos of Kilaca School, where kindergarten students are currently learning under a thatched roof rancho. Check out the full project proposal here: Kilaca School Project Proposal

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.