Students at Kauma Adventist College have gone from having their lessons in a shed to now enjoying bright new classrooms.
A church on the Kiribati school campus has also been renovated and extended.
Kiribati Mission president Pastor Luther Taniveke said members of the local community were assisted with the building work by a team of US and Canadian volunteers, mostly Adventists, from a group called Search for One. He said funding for the project came from church members in South Australia, a sister conference to Kiribati.
“The work on the church is an extension on both sides, while the classroom is a new building altogether with four classrooms and two toilet blocks,” Pastor Taniveke said.
“The classrooms are very much needed to accommodate more room for students who currently use the shed as their classroom. The school certainly needs more classrooms.”
Pastor Taniveke said Search for One has been visiting Kiribati for more than 20 years.
“They are helping the communities of Kiribati, not only the Adventist members or communities,” he said. “They assist the Kiribati nation in medical, school, community awareness programs, etc.”
Members of the South Australian Conference have been supporting Kauma Adventist College for than 16 years with funding towards construction and repairs at the school, which is one of the main evangelistic fields for Kiribati Mission, providing an opportunity to introduce students to Jesus.