Our Work COMPLETED PROJECTS

Over the many years of its activities, the Samuel Foundation has not only worked in its own Centres for Technical Education in Costa Rica, India and Nicaragua and other projects in these countries, but has also initiated, actively promoted, and accompanied projects in other parts of the world.

Our Work / Completed Projects

Costa Rica

Pérez Zeledón

Health facilities - Pérez Zeledón

The very first aid activities in Costa Rica were carried out by the foundation in 1987 in the south-western canton of Pérez Zeledón. For it was especially in the remote rural areas that the need of the population was greatest.

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Albergues

Children's homes - Albergues

At the beginning of the 1990s, the Samuel Foundation decided to help needy children in Costa Rica and, in 1991, built two children's homes in the city of San Isidro del General: the Albergue Heinz and the Albergue Günther Children's Homes. Equipped for ten children and adolescents, both facilities offered protection, care, and support in a family-like environment. Since then, countless children have been able to find a temporary new home there until new prospects open up for them - such as being taken into a foster family, being adopted or returning to their family of origin.

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Lomas de Cocorí

School expansion - Lomas de Cocorí

In 1992, the foundation supported the expansion of a school in the community of Lomas de Cocorí near the provincial capital San Isidro. The settlement, which had formerly been built illegally, suffered from extreme infrastructural deficiencies. Together with the community leaders, the Samuel Foundation worked out a plan to extend the local school by three urgently needed classrooms, a sanitary block, and a kitchen with a dining room. Previously, the majority of the 240 pupils had to be taught outside. As part of the building project, the foundation took over the purchase of the building materials, the financing of the external work as well as the coordination of the project - construction was then carried out with the participation of the parents. The completed school was a sign of hope for many of the local families and their children.

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Nicaragua

Bello Amanecer

School expansion - Bello Amanecer

Within the framework of a BMZ (German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development) project, the Samuel Foundation carried out the extension of the school "El Divino Salvador" in Bello Amanecer in 2000. In this district of Ciudad Sandino, west of Managua, many families with many children live in precarious conditions. Thanks to the cooperation project between the local church as the school sponsor and the foundation, six classrooms were built and equipped. This made it possible to increase the number of pupils from 1st to 6th grade by 1.5 times and to open three additional grades, 7th to 9th.  

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El Tepeyac

Health post -

From 1990 to 2010, the Samuel Foundation supported the health post "El Tepeyac" near Granada. Every Saturday, the health post, which was founded by nuns in 1963, was a reliable place to go to for up to 200 sick and needy people from the surrounding area who could not pay for services from the state health system.

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Germany

Art Scholarships

Art Scholarships - Düsseldorf Art Academy

As a great art lover, the founder of the foundation, Robert Samuel, supported artists for many years. The Samuel Foundation continued this tradition. From 1986 to 2006, it financially supported young students of the renowned Düsseldorf Art Academy during their studies. During this time, it awarded annual scholarships and supported the students in exhibiting their own works of art.

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Café Eden

Language tuition - Café Eden in Düsseldorf

The project "Café Eden" is an initiative of the Düsseldorf Theatre on the topic of flight and migration. The aim was to create a meeting place for all citizens and at the same time to contribute to improving the integration of refugees into our society. “Café Eden” is a place for information, encounters, art, and culture and is actively shaped by the participants.

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Theatre Project

Theatre project with refugees -

In 2018/19, the Düsseldorf Theatre and the Samuel Foundation, together with the zakk cultural centre in Düsseldorf, continued their successful cooperation in the field of integration. As German language skills are a crucial instrument for the success of integration, the multicultural play "Germany. A Winter's Tale" focuses on linguistic and cultural exchange between Germans and young people with a migration background.

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Cuba

Cuba

Technical education projects - Havana

Amid the difficult economic situation in Cuba in the 1990s, the foundation was involved in various projects on the Caribbean island between 1997 and 2007. The work there proved to be quite difficult, as independent project work was not desired by the Cuban government.

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Nigeria

Nigeria

Hospital construction - Ebenebe

Based on the initiative of the child psychiatrist Dr. Eugen Jungjohann from Düsseldorf, the Samuel Foundation conducted a project for basic medical care in the community of Ebenebe in Eastern Nigeria, the former Biafra, from 1990 onwards.

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Thailand

Thailand

Education project - Chiang Mai

From 2002 to 2017, the Samuel Foundation was active in educational projects in Thailand. From 2006 onwards, it functioned as an officially recognised international development aid organisation. Initiated by Gerd Mathia, a former marketing consultant from Düsseldorf who had been living in Thailand for many years, the foundation supported and supervised school-age children and young people in their education.

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