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A produce industry program is underway to help rebuild schools damaged in the devastating earthquake that struck the principal Chilean fruit growing regions Feb. 27.

The board of the Chilean Exporters Association, based in Santiago, Chile, announced April 16 that it had selected two agricultural schools that sustained substantial damage for the initial repair effort. The institutions are the Escuela Agrícola Cristo Obrero in Graneros, which is south of Santiago, and Escuela Agrícola San Vicente de Paul, located in Chile's Coltauco area.

In a mid-April press release, ASOEX invited fresh fruit industry colleagues interested in helping to rebuild these schools to send donations to a bank account specifically set up for this purpose. The following is the account information for foreign contributions:

Bank: Banco Santander No. 510086141

Holder: Asociación de Exportadores de Chile, A. G.

National Tax ID (RUT): 82.475.900-6

SWIFT: BSCHCLRM

For proper contribution follow-up and auditing, the association encourages donors to send a copy of the corresponding deposit slip to ASOEX at helpchile@asoex.cl.

Independent third-party auditor Price Waterhouse Coopers will audit all contributions paid into the account.

Additional details regarding contributing to this effort can be found at youtube.com/chileanfreshfruit. To follow progress on the repair work, which has already begun, visit chileanfreshfruit.com.