Tuesday, August 18, 2015
By Jesse Pryor
Our family moved to Samban Village, in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2004 to work with the Ap Ma people. Our dreams of building a permanent church building, medical and educational facilities here in the swamps hinged upon our ability to acquire a portable sawmill to provide the timber that cannot be bought in our remote location.
The LT15 was the right fit. From Indianapolis, IN to the jungles of PNG the LT15 has continued to provide OIPNG (Outreach International of Papua New Guinea) with quality building materials in a way that is sustainable, responsible, and conscious of the fragility of our ecosystem.
A video presentation of the Pryor's ministry.
What does our LT15 mean to the people of the Ap Ma language group here in the East Sepik? The portability and efficiency of this sawmill have made it possible to produce timber for structures such as classrooms, church buildings, cocoa dryers, clinics, houses, a library, offices, fencing and pig pens.
The mill also initiates community development. We never buy the trees from the local landowners. We do an equal exchange. We mill one tree for the landowner, and then we mill one for OIPNG projects. Up to this point, the LT15 has provided timber for five different cocoa dryers which are essential sources of income for these subsistence villages. In addition, several houses have been built by the different recipients of the exchange.
The rainy season brings water right to the base of the sawmill, and washes away sawdust during cutting.
Lastly our LT15 creates employment for the local men who have learned to operate, maintain, and service the saw mill.
The sawmilling team celebrates their successful hunt.
As you can see, there are no limits to what a sawmill can do to improve the lives of the people around it. The LT15 is fundamental to all of our building projects. There is no way we would be as far as along to the realization of our dreams without it.
Inspired? Get involved with Jesse’s work by visiting www.oipng.com
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