The pair installed solar panels to provide electricity to a preschool and convent school run by the Good Samaritans. They also installed much-needed fans, down pipes and guttering.
The trip was an initiative of business managers of Good Samaritan schools in Sydney, and a larger team was originally planned, but the two Johns ended up being the party.
Maintenance Supervisor at St Patrick’s College Campbelltown John Bunce said in previous years teachers had visited the developing island, but this year it was considered tradespeople with practical skills could make a real difference.
Bunce said Sister Marie, who runs the Convent, is a “brave woman” because Kirabati is a very underdeveloped island with extreme heat and humidity.
Building the solar installation on hard coral, with all the equipment shipped in by canoe, was a hard task but Bunce said the rewards came from the local people.
“The people were so friendly and so happy with what they have,” Bunce said.