The Hedwig and Robert Samuel Foundation is the foundation for vocational training. In contrast to other foundations, the Samuel Foundation is operationally active. This means that apart from financing other relief organisations, it initiates and carries out its own charitable projects.
The Foundation goes back to the testation of the Dusseldorf businessman Robert Samuel and his wife Hedwig. It was founded in 1932. After Hedwig passed away, the Foundation took over her activities in 1976; first in Germany and later in specially chosen developing countries. The activities are concentrated on training young people.
Today, the Foundation has about 100 employees and, in addition to its headquarters in Germany, operates centres in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India and Thailand.