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Chilean Miner Speaks At Seton Hall University

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, right, hugs rescued miner Mario Sepulveda (credit: AP Photo/Jose Manuel de la Maza, Chilean presidential press office)

Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera, right, hugs rescued miner Mario Sepulveda (credit: AP Photo/Jose Manuel de la Maza, Chilean presidential press office)

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SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — One of the 33 Chilean miners whose dramatic rescue was broadcast worldwide is touring the U.S. to call attention to the suffering of earthquake victims.

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Miner Mario Sepulveda says those affected by last year’s earthquake in Chile are still suffering and in need of permanent homes.

Sepulveda visited Seton Hall University in New Jersey Thursday to raise money for his Miner’s Miracle Foundation. It’s building houses for earthquake victims.

The university plans to make a donation to the organization and eventually send students to Chile to help build homes.

Sepulveda says his group has built 16 homes so far. He hopes to raise enough money to build 200 before the winter season.

The miners survived 69 days underground following the Aug. 5 collapse of the San Jose mine in Chile.

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