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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 employees of Samena Capital. It was as a result of the collective effort to combine the firm’s various philanthropic initiatives under one umbrella. The Foundation is funded from Samena Capital’s management bonus pool and operates through partnerships with charitable organisations, as well as with Samena Capital’s portfolio companies.

Our mission is to support high-impact, sustainable CSR programs across the SAMENA region, with a particular focus on the advancement of education, youth empowerment, and poverty alleviation.



Inspiring Young Leaders

The Foundation continues to support the Peace Ambassadors programme in partnership with The Lila Poonawalla Foundation, an educational trust in India, and the ASHA educational centre in Gloucester (UK). The Samena Foundation supports the transformational programme which sees underpriveleged young women from India develop their leadership skills during their three weeks in the UK.

The Foundation also continually supports academically outstanding young women in India who face economic deprivation, through partnership with the Lila Poonawalla Foundation, by providing scholarships for the pursuit of higher education.



Building Education

In partnership with The Inle Trust, a UK based charity that supports underprivileged children in the Lake Inle region in Myanmar, the Samena Foundation funded the construction of an education centre. The building was completed in July 2018 and has classrooms for 300 students, dormitories and a dedicated facility to house visitors and volunteers from international schools.

The Foundation extended it’s support by funding the first ever teachers training programme. Five teachers from Charterhouse, a UK based educational instutution, spent a week at the newly built education centre training 35 educators from the local region to improve their teaching methods and raise eduactional attainment.



Youth Empowerment

The Foundation has partnered with SOS Children’s Villages International in support of their YouthCan! initiative to drive youth employability. The international development organisation provides care, education and health services to vulnerable children and youth who have lost, or are at risk of losing, parental care. Through a mentorship programme in Lebanon and Sri Lanka, Samena staff will help vulnerable youth prepare for their transition to independence and the job market, increasing their employment prospects.


Local Initiatives

Samena staff have taken an active part in local initiatives to combat poverty. These have included employees in Dubai taking part in a charity golf tournament for UNICEF, donating blankets to the Emirates Red Crescent and serving iftar to 5,000 factory workers in Ramadan in partnership with RAK Ceramics. RAK Ceramics later received the ‘Best CSR impactful Initiative’ at the Just Giving Awards in Dubai.

In Hong Kong, employees prepared hot lunches for 2,400 needy people along with packing gifts for underprivileged children.
Staff in India have taken part in a music therapy session organised by the Manav Foundation who work with people with mental illnesses and distributed education equipment to street children with the Bal Bavaan street school programme.


Other Support

The Samena Foundation has supported various other causes including WorldView, a not for profit initiative that offers development support to films and film makers that give a different WorldView to global audiences.

The Foundation has also supported The Vishvas Foundation in India, a spiritual, social, cultural and educational organisation established by Gurudev Shri Swami Vishvash and the Little Dreams Foundation which grants the wishes of underprivileged and disabled children which was founded by Phil and Orianne Collins.

Samena staff have participated in charity cricket matches including a 20/20 match captained by Sir Tim Rice and Shane Warne to support The Vineyard, a charity which provides shelter, food and support for the homeless and Momentum, a charity which provides support for children being treated for cancer.