Verein für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und Hilfsprojekte

We introduce ourselves

Paster AdolfAdolf Paster 

born 1930 and date of passing: 2022 
President of Honor, Founder and President from 1971-2013. 
In 1971 Adolf decided in consensus with his family to quit his job as manager of a publishing company only dedicating his time for HIFA.

Why did he work for HIFA?

-because my neighbor is as important to me as myself; 
-because no one gets full from talking; 
-because the HIFA is a good foundation for the realization of the saying “one for all, all for one”; 
-because, in its 40 year existence the HIFA has, and is still, achieving this goal.

Kraus Uwe

Dipl. Ing. Uwe Kraus 
born 1949 
Communications Engineer and Technical Physics. After several years of industry praxis, he became a teacher (electronics) at a technical high school for 25 years in Vienna, also serving as a Student Career Adviser 
Took part in the ARGE meeting in October 2008 and was co-opted into the HIFA board in 2009.

Why I do work for HIFA

During my first contact with Adolf Paster I noticed, that we have the same basic mindset with regard to religious beliefs and life. I want to support vocational and professional education in Nigeria and it seems possible to me, to realize my ideas with the HIFA.


Dr Ulrike Schauer

Dr. Ulrike Schauer   
born 1958
Referentin für medizinische Projekte
Amtsärztin im Ruhestand; Ich begleite alle medizinischen Projekte und berate bei Fragen zur Gesundheitsvorsorge und Umweltthemen.

Why I do work for HIFA

Wenn ich mit Problemen und Entwicklungsbedarf konfrontiert werde, dann ist es mir ein Anliegen mich zum Wohle von Menschen einzusetzen und Hilfestellungen zu leisten. Ich denke einfach im täglichen Leben "Nigeria" mit. Durch meinen Aufenthalt habe ich Freunde gewonnen und engagierte und dankbare Menschen kennengelernt.


Rainer Silvia

Mag. Silvia Rainer  
born 1948 
Art Historian and Painter, mother of 8. 
I have known and have been associated with the HIFA since 1972. I have sponsored 10 godchildren and I have sat on the board of the HIFA since 1992.

Why I do work for HIFA?

I have 8 children and therefore I know about the importance education. I am very thankful for having healthy children, therefore I sponsor a godchild for each one of my own, and later on I will sponsor two more. In our board-meetings I work to emphasize the child sponsorship program.


Tarnai Christine

Christine Tarnai-Hammer, MA   
born 1949 
Mother of three sons, teacher (which also means educator and entertainer), conducts therapeutic painting, part-time lecturer for the Pedagogic University Extension, Master of Arts in Intercultural Competencies. 
Has sat on the board of the HIFA as General Secretary since 1992.

Why I do work for HIFA?

I choose to use my time, knowledge, skills and strength for the purpose of helping others, particularly with a focus on human dignity and justice. My trip to Nigeria in 2003 showed me that people don’t need a handout as much as they need a helping hand in order to help themselves.


Mayr Ulrike 2012

Ulrike Mayr, MAS    
born 1955 
Social Services Manager for Lower Austria, Social Worker, Business Adviser and Consultant. 
I have worked for the HIFA since it was founded in 1971and first went to Nigeria in 1975. I have been the General Manager, and Vice-president of the HIFA since 2003.

Why I do work for HIFA

I believe it is important to immerse ourselves in other cultures in order to learn from one another that which is possible and about that which touches us. As General Manager and Vice-President of the HIFA it is very important to me that the administration and organization of the projects is done efficiently and that donations are handled diligently and in a timely manner.


Johann Schill

Johann Schill 
born 1964 
Tin-smith and teacher at a trade school in Lower Austria
Vocational Trades  Representative
Trading Projects Adviser in Nigeria

Why I do work for HIFA?

I am engaged at HIFA because I am able to monitor and advise trading projects and train teachers in Nigeria. Doing so, I am able to do good. There is no better feeling than seeing the joy of people when they are able to use what they have learned. All donations are used for their intended purpose.


Paster MarthaMartha Paster  
born 1931 
Founding member, has worked at the HIFA since its inception. Treasurer and bookkeeper, she has worked without a salary since 1974.

Why I do work for HIFA?

It is important to me that everybody who works for the HIFA feels well, and that God’s blessing is on our work. Therefore, we always lay our work in the hands of God, just as Aaron Ekwu exemplified with his life.


Paster MarthaDipl. Ing. Festus Imarhiagbe  
born 1960 1960 in Benin City Nigeria 
Agricultural scientist, project officer and consultant Agribusiness expert, capacity building, youths training and empowerment Christian counseling and pastoral care.

Why I do work for HIFA?

the foundation of my work with HIFA is appreciative and respected. There is a  good understanding of team work among the members of HIFA organization. The project policies are well defined, constructive and are based on christian ethic of economic development.