College online thanks to gift
New Zealand company House of Travel is helping connect Samoa to the modern world by donating computer equipment and skilled labour to a college in Apia.
House of Travel Holdings donated 85 second- hand computers, monitors and servers, plus a week of Porirua IT technician Adrian Miller’s time, to Chanel College, a struggling Catholic school which now has the capacity to get its students online.
The college, in Moamoa, was founded in 1962 by the Marist Brothers.
For Mr Miller, who had never travelled to the Pacific Islands before, it proved to be a lifechanging experience.
‘‘It felt amazing to do something selfless, knowing I was part of something that was beneficial to so many people,’’ he said.
Formerly Christchurchbased, Mr Miller jumped at the opportunity when his employer sought volunteers for the work, part of a larger, ongoing project being led by New Zealander John Ryan.