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Mag. Dr.phil. John Umeojiakor founded the social welfare project „Kids in Nigeria“ in 1995 and has supported it ever since to build and maintain the Good Shepherd Nursery / Primary School. In 2014, he founded the ‘Chukwuemerie Social Project Austria’ association’ together with Dr. Melitta Walchetseder. ‚Father John‘ is head of the association and its representative. The Catholic clergyman was ordained priest in Nigeria on August 31, 1991.


In February 2000, he then came to Austria where he worked as a curator in various parishes of the diocese of Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. During this time, he also studied philosophy in Salzburg and completed his studies in late 2010. ‚Father John‘ has been priest of Aurolzmünster in Upper Austria since September 1st of 2010 and also holds an important office in the church of Mehrnbach, a nearby village.



Josefa Bruckbacher is the association’s secretary. The federal employee from Nußdorf became aware of the situation of the children in Nigeria through the committed work of ‚Father John‘ and wants to help:



„The kids need our support in order to be able to go to school on a regular basis and receive an education that they need so desperately to escape poverty. It is their chance for a better future.“



David Oder is responsible for the finances of the association. The trained retail salesman from Aurolzmünster got involved because he knows how much the kids in Nigeria love to go to school:

„Education is very important to them. They deserve to learn everything they need in order to enter the workforce and get a good job.“