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Forestry companies donated 500 computers to public schools in Rivera, Tacuarembó and Paysandú

September 9, 2004

A total of 500 fully refurbished computers (plus 30 contingency CPU & monitors) and a total of 98 printers, were donated by Weyerhaeuser Company (Colonvade S.A. and Los Piques S.A.) to schools of public education located in the company operating areas of Rivera, Tacuarembó and Paysandú.

Over 100 schools, both rural and urban (Primaria, Secundaria, UTU and Instituto de Formación Docente) and more than 32,700 children / students will benefit from this donation.

Uruguay´s President, Dr. Jorge Batlle attended the presentation at Edificio Libertad, along with U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein, Education Minister Leonardo Guzmán, Codicen Director Javier Bonilla, the Vicepresident of Weyerhauser Forestlands International Stephen Michael Hee, and Ralph Scmidt-Liermann, marketing director of Colonvale S.A.

The schools have been selected by Colonvade S.A. staff in close coordination with education authorities, under the following criteria:
- Located within the company's operating areas in all 3 departments
- Existing electric power supply
- Existing infrastructure for adequate educational use
- Sufficient security to prevent theft or damage

Donated equipment:
- 500 Dell / Compaq computers (additional contingency of 30 CPU & monitors)
- Software: Microsoft Windows XP, Office 2003, Encarta 2004 (Spanish)
- CPU: Intel Pentium 3 (500 to 1200 MHz).
- RAM: Minimum 128 Mb.
- Color Monitors: Dell / Compaq / Viewsonic (15" / 17" / 19")
- Keyboards, mouse, cabling
- Printers: Hewlett Packard 1300 Laserjet
- Power converters: 110V to 220V.

Participating partners:
- Weyerhaeuser Co. (computers, US-coordination, documentation)
- Colonvade S.A. - Los Piques S.A. (UY-coordination, documentation, distribution)
- Microsoft Corp. (software & licences)
- EDS (technical assistance & quality control)
- Dell Inc. (additional Hardware, monitors, keyboards, etc.)
- Hewlett Packard (98 1300 Laserjet printers)
- Office Depot (Ink cartridges)
- P&O Nedlloyd (Seattle-Montevideo transport)
- All additional costs are being picked up by either Weyerhaeuser or Colonvade-Los Piques.

Volunteers:
- Some 200 Weyerhaeuser and Colonvade employees have donated their time in support of the project for activities ranging from packing / unpacking, complete refurbishing, quality control, distribution of computers.

Uruguay President Jorge Batlle is greeted by schoolchildren while accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein and Weyerhaeuser's vicepresident Stephen Michael Hee. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
President Batlle is greeted by schoolchildren while accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Silverstein and Weyerhaeuser's vicepresident Stephen Michael Hee
CODICEN Director Javier Bonilla, Education Minister Leonardo Guzman, Uruguay President Jorge Batlle, Weyerhaeuser vicepresident Stephen Michael Hee, U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein, and Colonvade's marketing director Ralph Schmidt-Liermann. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
L to R: Codicen Director Javier Bonilla, Education Minister Leonardo Guzman, President Jorge Batlle, Weyerhaeuser vicepresident Stephen Michael Hee, U.S. Ambassador
Martin Silverstein, and Colonvade's marketing director Ralph Schmidt-Liermann.

Schoolchidren gather around Colonvade's marketing director Ralph Schmidt-Liermann to see first hand one of the donated computers. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Schoolchidren gather around Colonvade's marketing director Ralph Schmidt-Liermann to see first hand one of the donated computers
CODICEN Director Javier Bonilla, Education Minister Leonardo Guzman, Uruguay President Jorge Batlle, Weyerhaeuser vicepresident Stephen Michael Hee, U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein, and Colonvade's marketing director Ralph Schmidt-Liermann. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Dignitaries enjoying the schoolchidren's choir

Uruguay President Jorge Batlle and Weyerhaeuser's vicepresident Stephen Michael Hee displaying their souvenir t-shirts. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
President Batlle and Mr Hee showing off their new t-shirts

A "check" displaying the logos of participating companies and organizations

Students representing schools from Tacuarembo, Paysandu and Rivera. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
Students representing schools from Tacuarembo, Paysandu and Rivera

Schoolchildren's choir. [U.S. Embassy photo by Vince Alongi]
The schoolchildren's choir performing to everyone's delight


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