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Samena Capital’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of the firm’s philosophy.

The Samena Foundation was established in 2016 by the employees of Samena Capital, as a result of a collective effort to combine the firm’s various philanthropic initiatives under one umbrella. The Foundation is funded entirely from Samena Capital’s management bonus pool and operates through partnerships with international non-governmental organisations, as well as with Samena Capital’s portfolio companies. Our mission is to support high-impact, sustainable CSR programmes across the SAMENA region, with a particular focus on the advancement of education, youth empowerment and poverty alleviation.

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Lila Poonawalla

The Foundation continues to support the Lila Poonawalla Foundation, an Educational Trust in India whose mission is the empowerment of women by supporting academically outstanding and financially deserving girls through scholarship to pursue higher education. Since 2016, the Foundation has made donations towards academic scholarships in the fields of engineering, pharmacy and nursing.

Each year a selection of Lila scholars are also enrolled in a Leadership Development Programme conducted by the ASHA Centre, a British educational charity founded by humanitarian and author Zerbanoo Gifford, based in Gloucestershire. The mission of the ASHA Centre is to promote peaceful co-operation between people of different religions and cultures. The centre specifically seeks to work with the young, fostering community participation through a holistic programme of performing and visual arts, conservation projects and personal transformation.

Inle Trust

In 2017 the Foundation partnered with the Inle Trust, a UK registered charity providing poverty relief for orphaned and underprivileged children of the Inle Lake region, to construct a rural Education Centre in Myanmar. The centre was completed in July 2018 and includes several classrooms as well as a dedicated facility to house visitors and volunteers from international schools. The Charterhouse School (UK) were the first to volunteer a group of teachers to the centre in August 2018, with the aim of improving local teaching methods and raising the pass rates of high school examinations.

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RAK Ceramics

In 2017, The Foundation participated in a joint project with RAK Ceramics to serve Iftar to approximately 5,000 factory workers during the holy month of Ramadan. The Foundation and RAK Ceramics later received the honours for ‘Best CSR Impactful Initiative’ at the Just Giving Awards in Dubai.

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We are pleased to be associated with WorldView, a not-for-profit initiative that offers development support to films and film makers that give a different WorldView to global audiences via all media platforms, from cinema to mobile. Over the last decade, WorldView has seed funded over 300 projects, including the Academy Award 2013 nominee ‘5 Broken Cameras’ and BAFTA winning ‘My Brother The Devil’.

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Charity Cricket Match

Samena Capital participated in a 20/20 Charity Cricket Match with team captains Sir Tim Rice and Shane Warne. Samena Capital’s team, captained by the legendary Shane Warne won the match and donated the match proceeds to The Vineyard, which provides shelter, food and support for Richmond borough’s homeless and Momentum, a Kingston charity which provides support for children being treated for cancer and their families.

Little Dreams Foundation

Little Dreams Foundation was founded in Switzerland in February 2000 by Phil and Orianne Collins. The foundation aims to help children, whether underprivileged or disabled, between the ages of 4-16 who have special gift in athletics or arts to make their dreams come true who may otherwise be not able to due to financial hardship. Samena Capital supported this venture at a magical evening at our last Strategic Ownership Group Meeting in Istanbul in April 2012.

Vishvas Foundation

Samena Capital also supports The Vishvas Foundation in India, a spiritual, social, cultural and educational organization established in 1978 by Gurudev Shri Swami Vishvas Ji as its Founder & Head. Samena Capital is pleased to be associated with such a thoughtful foundation.