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 will be constructed at Las Nubes School in Matagalpa, Nicaragua in November 2018. Mark hopes to bring a team of family and friends down to Nicaragua to take part in his classroom build in late 2018.
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
Las Nubes School
The rural community of Las Nubes is located in the heart of Nicaragua’s lush coffee region. In 2007, local families constructed a building to use as a community house and gathering space. However, the nearest school was 1km away, and the children had to cross three rushing streams in order to reach that school. Due to this danger, few children were enrolled. As a result, they decided to re-purpose the community house to use as the first-ever school room. This school got official recognition from the Ministry of Education in 2009, and they currently pay the salary of 3 teachers at Las Nubes to teach kindergarten to grade 6, plus adult education classes on the weekends. Since there is only one classroom, the students have to learn in two shifts.
The current classroom is built very poorly, with gaps between the wooden boards in the walls, and no foundation. In the rainy season the water flows under the wooden walls and through the roof. A community member Juan Picado explained that, “When it rains, we have leaks in the roof. The children have to move into the corner of the classroom so they do not get soaking wet and muddy”. Everyone is looking forward to the brand new classroom that will be built in late 2018, thanks to Mark Radke’s generosity!
Current conditions at Las Nubes 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.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.