Mark Radke is a police officer with the OPP Ottawa detachment. After 30 years of service, he will be retiring in May 2018. One of his passions is traveling and exploring new cultures and meeting new people. He wants to use his retirement to serve those less fortunate.
During his travels, Mark saw many people in desperate situations related to poverty. He came to realize that education is often the key that allows people to rise above poverty to create a better life for themselves.
Mark decided that after his retirement, he would build a school classroom in Nicaragua with SchoolBOX, in order to make a tangible difference in the lives of children. Mark said, “A classroom is a permanent structure that will be around long after I am gone. The ripple effect of education will travel across generations.”
Mark’s classroom is under construction at the Heroes y Martires de Nandaime school in Granada, Nicaragua. Mark already joined the construction team in July 2019 and helped build the structure and construct the walls. His mission is to continue working in order to finalize the building of the school!
Read about Mark’s Mission in the news:
Blue Line Magazine – June 2017 – Man on a mission: OPP Sergeant Mark Radke
Beyond the Badge Magazine – August 2017 – Building a school in Nicaragua
Ottawa Matters – June 2018 – Local OPP sergeant kicking off retirement by building a school in Nicaragua
Stittsville Central – June 2018 – Retired Stittsville OPP sergeant building new school in Nicaragua
Peterborough Examiner – June 2018 – Retired OPP officer from Peterborough off to build a new school
Héroes y Mártires de Nandaime School
The Heroes y Martires de Nandaime School is located in the town of Nandaime, about 60 kms from the capital Managua. The school was in rough shape, as it was taken apart, transported to a new location, and rebuilt. The 80 year old school was still functioning and housed 140 children, learning in unsafe conditions.
Community members were very concerned about the school’s structure, as it was falling apart. The roof leaked every time it rains and when it gets windy it, pieces ofthe wall break off. Recently, one of the wooden beams fell down while childrenwere playing outside. Parents and teachers were worried that the school could collapse at any moment.
However, thanks to your support, the construction has already started and Mark was able to go to Nicaragua and help in the building of the new school. The children, teachers and parents in the community are looking forward to the brand new classroom that will be built thanks to Mark Radke’s generosity!
Current construction site of the Héroes y Mártires de Nandaime School
In order to support Mark’s Mission, please fill out the form below to make a secure online donation:
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 98+ classrooms in Nicaragua and serves over 20,000 students and teachers in 108 communities on an annual basis. SchoolBOX is committed to eliminating poverty through education.
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