The way to solve many of the world’s social and economic woes is to help youth worldwide gain confidence to learn skills that will make them productive. Increased affluence in poor places is far more effective than vast armies in providing global security.
We aim our business and the activities of our foundation towards creating employment and improving education.
This is why we support the Cotacachi Olympics program started by our friend, Jorge Quilumbaqui, to promote the ability of the Ecuador Indigenous to help themselves.
Jorge Quilumbaqui at his latest real estate project. Primavera IV is in the background.
Jorge started off as a laborer but now is considered to be one of the indigenous elders in Cotacachi, an example to younger generations of how to prosper in what, years ago, was a difficult environment.
Here’s Jorge, second from left, with Cotacachi’s former mayor Auki, standing with some of the medal winners from last year’s event. (The past mayor next to Jorge is wearing the white hat.)
Jorge hasn’t forgotten his roots though and employs dozens and dozens of builders in his various projects as well as local girls in his hotel in Cotacachi, Sumak Huasi.
Our friend and reader Dave Wharton was Australia’s Pentathalon entrant in the Sydney Olympics. He sent down his Olympic torch for the second Cotacachi Olympics. Here is Dave with the torch.
Dave sent this note to the Cotacachi Olympians:
GREETINGS FROM AUSTRALIA.
REMEMBER THE LEGENDARY CHASQUI MESSENGERS!!
In 2000 I ran with this TORCH,which carried the flame that started the Olympics in Sydney. There were many torches but only one flame that transferred from torch to torch all the way from Athens in Greece to Sydney in Australia.
In 2003 I brought the TORCH to Ecuador and runners carried it from the Mayan Ruins at Ruminchico outside Quito to Vilcabamba de Loja. Along the way many runners joined us in helping to revive the memory and spirit of the famous CHASQUI runners who came centuries before. The run was organized by Oswaldo Munoz of Nuevo Mundo Expeditions in Quito.
I wish Jorge Quilumbaci,Officials and Competitors success in running your MINI OLYMPICS and hope to visit you one day.
CHASQUI DAVE WHARTON
This introduction was translated and read in Spanish and Quichua to the young Cotacachi Olympiads.
Chasqui runners were the main form of communication for the Inca Kings. The Incas did not discover the wheel and lacked a writing system but they set up a relay system for delivering information along the Capac Yan (Inca Trail). Only the swiftest athletes were chosen, usually running 2 miles at a time often covering 200 miles in under 24 hours.
We hope this contribution will further inspire the youth of the Andes onto great things.
Some of the children, in good humor and ready to compete!
Both boys and girls competed and the joy expressed as they competed, won and lost in good spirits was a pure pleasure to watch.
Congratulations, Cotacachi on a second successful Olympics.
We hope we can help you attain Olympian success in business and life as well. This is why we developed our course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.
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We look at many funky export ideas in these three courses.
For example when decoratng our latest rental unit we created wall art with these Otavalo scarves.
All it took was the scarves, a stick and a bit of wood.
We visit Otavalo on our Ecuador export tours.
There is so much…
style. This is the entrance to the Plazas de los Ponchos in Otavalo.
There is so much wonderful design….
uses from ponchos to…
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