Hedwig and Robert Samuel Foundation

Overcoming Poverty in New Delhi

India is a country in booming development. The economy of this nation with 1.3 billion inhabitants has become one of the fastest growing in the world. Nonetheless, not everyone takes part in this growth. The other side of the coin shows a country which is home to the largest number of poor people worldwide: Around 400 million people have to survive on 1.25 US dollars a day or even less. In the country’s capital New Delhi, the situation is similar. 16 million people live in the National Capital Region of Delhi – mostly in slums and inhumane conditions. For a family with no access to clean drinking water or a private toilet, the worry about their children’s education is a distant thought. This is where the Samuel Foundation and its work for the underprivileged youth comes into the picture: Young women and men who could otherwise not afford professional training are offered a high quality training in the field of Fashion Design and Quality Supervision.

Fashion and Textiles – A Growth Market

After agriculture, the Indian textile industry has been the greatest occupational sector in the country for many years: 45 million workers are making a living in this industry. Following China, India is the second most important textile manufacturer in the world. The demand for workforce in the textile industry is thus likely to remain high for many years to come. At its two vocational training centres located in the districts of Uttam Nagar and Garhi, the Samuel Foundation trains 216 young women and men per year in preparation for an employment in this booming industry. They get the chance to be trained in a way that prepares them perfectly for the workplace – professionally as well as personally. In addition to the theoretical and practical classes in the field of Fashion Design and Quality Supervision, the Samuel training comprises English and IT classes, as well as personal development sessions. As a result, students graduate from the Foundation as confident young women and men, who are fully equipped to embrace a future without poverty.

Training with a Practical Focus

The training at both centres of New Delhi has a total duration of 15 months, twelve months for a compact full-time training at the centre, followed by a three-month apprenticeship at a textile company, allowing for the possibility of a future full-time employment. Each year over 95 percent of Samuel graduates are offered a permanent position upon completion of the training. Over the course of time, a number of graduates open their own businesses. The training module Entrepreneurship already prepares them for it, teaching them the necessary expertise and tools.

More than 25 years in India

In 2018, the Samuel Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary of educational work for the underprivileged youth in India. It all started in 1991 with a generous gift of 500.000 DM (approximately 290.000 US dollars), donated by an Indian businessman who thus provided the groundwork for the efforts of the Samuel Foundation in the country. Only two years later, the Samuel Foundation Charitable India Trust, located in New Delhi, was founded and initiated the vocational training of young women and men. Today the Samuel training centres offer classrooms for both theoretical and practical classes, a computer lab equipped with modern laptops, and offices for the center management. Since 1993, the Samuel Foundation’s team has trained more than 2,000 young women and men in India, and thus opened the doors for them to a better future.

In India we offer the following course:

Dress Designing and Quality Control

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