• Short Summary

    OF THE 4 1/2 MILLION PEOPLE OF ECUADOR, MORE THAN HALF LIVE IN THE SIERRA - THE HIGH MOUNTAIN VILLAGES OF THE ANDES.

  • Description

    OF THE 4 1/2 MILLION PEOPLE OF ECUADOR, MORE THAN HALF LIVE IN THE SIERRA - THE HIGH MOUNTAIN VILLAGES OF THE ANDES. THE MAJORITY OF THESE ARE AMERICAN INDIANS. MANY OF THEM ARE ILLITERATE, AND MOST LIVE VERY CLOSE TO STARVATION.

    THIS FILM, SHOT ON BEHALF OF THE BRITAIN VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION OXFAM (THE OXFORD COMMITTEE FOR FAMINE RELIEF) SHOWS SOME OF THE PROJECTS NOW UNDER WAY TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS FOR THESE MOUNTAIN PEOPLES. THE GOVERNMENT OF ECUADOR, WHICH HAS A TEN-YEAR DEVELOPMENT PLAN, INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS SUCH AS THE UNITED NATIONS FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANISATION, AND THE INTER-AMERICAN "ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS" ARE TAKING PART, AS WELL AS VOLUNTARY BODIES SUCH AS OXFAM.

    THE PROJECTS ARE MAINLY CONCERNED WITH TRAINING: TRAINING IN IMPROVED FARMING METHODS, IN AGRICULTURAL AND DOMESTIC CRAFTS, AND IN ELEMENTARY READING, WRITING AND ARITHMETIC. FILM SHOWS TWO OF THESE PROJECTS IN PARTICULAR: ONE IS A COMMUNITY LEADERS' SCHOOL, WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TRAINED WITH THE INTENTION THAT THEY SHOULD PASS ON THEIR KNOWLEDGE TO THEIR VILLAGES; THE OTHER IS TEACHING BY RADIO.

    ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE GATHER AT MORE THAN 120 VILLAGE HUTS AND CHURCHES TO HEAR THESE RADIO LESSONS. THEY ARE BROADCAST IN SPANISH AND THE LOCAL INDIAN LANGUAGE, QUITCHUA. THE TECHNICIANS AT THE BROADCASTING CENTRE AT RIOBAMBA ARE BELGIANS, RECRUITED BY THE EUROPEAN PEACE CORPS. THEY ARE TRAINING LOCAL TECHNICIANS TO TAKE OVER WHEN THEY RETURN HOME.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9AZ4DLYM0POAQ3GN9MXKDNCYJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA9AZ4DLYM0POAQ3GN9MXKDNCYJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/11/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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