Tracy’s Hope Legacy

Dina Bell-Laroche first came to Nicaragua with SchoolBOX in 2013. She was so touched by her experience that she decided to keep giving back. In fall 2015, Dina launched the Tracy’s Hope Legacy to honour her sister Tracy and keep her spirit alive.

Tracy Lee Nolan (nee Bell) was a vibrant and caring woman whose passion was to support children in need. She was an amazing mother, daughter, sister and friend to many when she passed away at the age of 29 from cancer. Tracy’s legacy is now captured within SchoolBOX, with a goal of ensuring children get a basic education, and reach their potential in Nicaragua.

Funds were raised to install Tracy’s Hope Library at the Brett #2 School in December 2013. Tracy’s Hope #1 Classroom was completed in March of 2015 and has brought so much excitement, pride, and safety for the countless students and teachers.

Tracy’s friends and family are currently raising funds for a second Tracy’s Hope classroom in Nicaragua. To donate to Tracy’s Hope Fund and build Tracy’s Hope #2, please click the button below.


Tracy’s Hope #2: Teso Atega School

Teso Atega School is located on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua in the beach-side village of Mechapa. The school serves children from kindergarten to grade 6. An amazing teacher Winston has been teaching at the school for almost two decades. He and other teachers travel into Mechapa each week from the nearby cities of El Viejo and Chinandega. Due to the lack of local teachers or accommodations, one classroom as the school serves as a teacher’s quarters where they live away from their families each week. Their dedication is remarkable.

Due to severe overcrowding at the school, Winston and his colleagues worked alongside local families to build an open-air, tin roof rancho as an additional classroom for the fifth and sixth grades. Students are eager to learn, but classes are often cancelled due to the elements as the children are not protected from wind, rain or dust.

We are really excited to carry on the legacy of Tracy’s Hope to empower youth by building a new classroom for the children in Teso Atega!

Current conditions at Teso Atega School:

To help build a new Tracy’s Hope classroom for the children of Teso Atega, click below!


Tracy’s Hope #1: Thomas Borge School

SchoolBOX first visited the Thomas Borge community near Tipitapa in 2012 and saw dire conditions for students. Teachers were using a makeshift structure and sometimes teaching outside when there was no room. When SchoolBOX first proposed building a school, the parents and community leaders stepped into action. The mother of the teacher at the school donated a parcel of land immediately, and a provisional structure made out of wood and metal was put into place.

The one classroom school was completed in March of 2015 and contains a division with one-half housing preschool children and a library and the other half containing the other primary aged students. We are so thankful for the support of Tracy’s friends and family for ‘Making Education Possible’ in Nicaragua.

Check out this video showing the conditions at the Thomas Borge School

‘Before’ conditions of the school:
Grades 1-6  Kindergarten Classroom

‘After’ photos of the completed school:
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