Caterpillar supports the Samuel Foundation in Nicaragua
With a donation of US$ 9,000 made by the U.S. company Caterpillar, the Samuel Foundation was able to equip one of the two computer labs of the Training Centre in Managua with new PCs. A total of 26 modern, high-performance computers with flat screens and UPS-systems could be purchased with this donation.
We owe this donation to a large extent to the efforts of the company NIMAC, the sales organisation of Caterpillar products in Nicaragua. NIMAC has repeatedly supported the work of the Samuel Foundation in Nicaragua and made a donation of US$ 9,000 last year. Caterpillar, the world’s leading manufacturer of construction machinery, supports the charitable commitment of its distribution partners by means of a special programme known as “donation matching”: For every dollar donated by one of its distributors, Caterpillar supports the donation with a donation of the same amount. Thanks to the intensive promotion of the good quality of the Foundation’s work by the company NIMAC, we succeeded in convincing Caterpillar to direct their donation to the Samuel Foundation.
In order to ensure the high functionality and to create an attractive visual impression, together with our students of Industrial Air Conditioning we have produced functional suspensions and installed them beneath the desks, to protect the technical equipment against shocks and moisture due to cleaning. Now that the computer lab had been so carefully re-equipped, it was officially inaugurated during a small celebration in May.
Alejandro Talavera, Human Resources Manager of NIMAC, and Roberto Porta, Country Director of the Samuel Foundation in Nicaragua, once again emphasized the particular importance of this kind of cooperation between the private industry and social institutions like the Samuel Foundation, which are committed to the important task of providing qualified vocational training, as both partners mutually depend and greatly benefit from each other. NIMAC, for example, has exclusively hired graduates of the Samuel Foundation to fill their vacant technician positions over the past two years.