To give other people a chance for a better life and offer them new perspectives, NTS Retail’s employees set an example shortly before Christmas 2017 and supported a social project in Nigeria.

Founded by Dr. Christoph Faschinger, working at the department of ophtalmology at the University Hospital in Graz, the non-profit association „Sehen ohne Grenzen“ ("Seeing without borders”) has been organizing so called Eye Camps in developing countries such as Nigeria, Zambia, Namibia or Zimbabwe since 1997. The association collaborates closely with the department of ophtalmology at the hospital in Wels as well as with the Foundation Emeka Emeakaroha. Dr. Emeakaroha is a pastor in Lower Austria and involved in various projects in his original home of Nigeria. On his initiative, the Madonna Austrian Hospital was built, where Austrian doctors regularly perform eye treatments and cataract operations.

In January 2018, Sanda Bilic, ophthalmology division manager at the hospital in Wels, once again travelled to Nigeria to launch an initiative of treatments providing necessary care to prevent a large number of patients from going blind. Medical help from abroad, however, is just one part of this humanitarian project. Training qualified local specialists is another important aspect with sustainable impact.

In their efforts to train local specialists, the hospital initiated a fundraising campaign to support Kelechi, a young Nigerian woman. This way, the costs for her 3-year training  to become an eye surgery assistant in Nigeria will be paid for. This qualification will allow her to lead a self-determined life.

The amount collected by the employees was generously rounded up by the NTS Retail management. With a total of 1,500 euros, half of Kelechi’s training costs could already be covered.

We are pleased to have been able to support this sustainable project and wish Kelechi all the best for her future education!