07.10.2022 | International

Annual meeting in Düsseldorf

After a two-year forced break imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Samuel Foundation's team in Düsseldorf was pleased to welcome the complete board of directors as well as the country directors from Costa Rica and India to the foundation's head offices. During an entire week, the team worked intensively on all topics concerning the foundation's projects. The difficulties the foundation’s work has faced since the beginning of the pandemic - especially in its Centres for Technical Education - were reflected upon. New perspectives for the coming year arose and new projects were planned as well. The shared weekend which was included in the programme offered all participants numerous opportunities to exchange ideas on a personal level and intensify their team building. This was an important personal exchange of the Samuel family, which hopefully can take place annually in Düsseldorf again from now on.

14.01.2022 | Costa Rica

Donation for the environment

Our Centre for Technical Education in San José/Costa Rica has received a donation of a monoblock from the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). The cooling unit uses environmentally friendly hydrocarbons or propane instead of fluorocarbons, which damage the ozone layer. The donation was made as part of the GIZ's Green Cooling programme, an international initiative to combat climate change and promote environmentally friendly technologies in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning. Our centre has been participating in the initiative for some time and now has one of only four existing units in Costa Rica. The project coordinator and GIZ representative in Central America, Adolfo Cordoba Rodriguez, handed over the donation during a visit to our centre. Every year, the Samuel Foundation awards 50 scholarships for vocational training in refrigeration and air conditioning to young people from economically disadvantaged families. Thanks to the generous donation from GIZ, the Foundation can now offer practical teaching of new, environmentally friendly refrigeration techniques in its workshops.

06.05.2021 | Costa Rica

Visit from the Swiss “Neighbour”

In March, the employees and students of our Centre for Technical Education in San José welcomed the visit of the Swiss Ambassador, Gabriele Derighetti. He took up his duties as ambassador of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama at the end of 2020 and paid a visit to our training centre as a European neighbour of the foundation, so to speak.

08.03.2021 | International

Graduation under pandemic conditions

Diploma in hand! In February our graduates from Costa Rica and Nicaragua celebrated the achievement of their professional qualifications. Due to the pandemic, the graduation ceremonies had to take place on a small scale while respecting, of course, all hygiene and social distancing rules. However, we were very glad to receive the support of the German embassies during the celebration of the ceremonies in both countries. The German ambassadress in Costa Rica, Martina Nibbeling-Wrießnig, sent her video greetings to the graduates. At the graduation ceremony in Managua, the German Ambassador to Nicaragua, Dr Christoph Bundscherer, as well as several Nicaraguan government representatives were able to participate personally.