“Give youth a chance“ – this is the claim the Samuel Foundation subscribes to. For more than 25 years, the Foundation has been supporting underprivileged children and adolescents, by means of vocational trainings, mainly in Central America and South Asia. The idea is to grant them the necessary means and access to a quality professional training that prepares for careers in which qualified personnel is in high demand. In India, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, the Samuel Foundation trains young women and men at its own centres and in close collaboration with local authorities and companies. The trainings are meant to empower Samuel students to break the vicious circle of poverty and hopelessness. They thereby obtain a true chance to lead a self-determined life and embark upon a future without poverty.
In addition to training programmes, the Samuel Foundation also directs funding towards individual projects that it identifies within its scope of activities. For such projects, the focus is also placed on helping children and adolescents in need. However, this is not a static prerequisite in order for a project to be supported by the Samuel Foundation. Rather, as with its own projects, the Foundation attaches great importance to a long-term impact of the projects, as well as to an efficient and sustainable use of funds.