The Society of Friends of Easter Island
by Roberto Rojas P. – Antropólogo / Anthropologist
The Sociedad de Amigos de Isla de Pascua (Society of Friends of Easter Island) was formed on the 9th of May in 1947 with the primary objective, according to its statutes, of promoting progress on Easter Island for the well-being of its inhabitants. The institution began with 12 members, which shortly grew to more than 400. The first Board of Directors was presided by Humberto Molina-Luco, who was at that time the Intendant of Valparaiso; his vice-president was the Austrian agronomist and archaeologist Federico Felbermayer. The objectives of their initial program were: a) the total eradication of Hansen’s disease (leprosy), b) supplying safe drinking water and electricity to the population, c) construction of a new school and 4) reforestation of the Island.
In 1947, the Society made the first experimental plantings and, in short order, had three agricultural plots managed by SADIP in full production. Three years later, they began the installation of 24 tons of pipes for drinking water, they had finished modernizing the leprosarium in the sector “La Colonia” and they had built the new school.
Leprosario en aquella época
Leprosarium at that time
Sor Concepción, Margarita & Rafael Haoa
Pabellón de mujeres – Women’s pavilion
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