Father José Javier Parladé, Comboni missionary, arrived in South Sudan in 1972. In these 45 years he has suffered wars, famines, prison and all kinds of dangers, but it never crossed his mind to leave the country. Quite the opposite. "Mayor dit", as the locals know him, has done nothing but establish and maintain schools, hospitals and medical dispensaries earning the respect and admiration of hundreds of thousands of people whose lives he has touched. In Mabán, during the first 12 years, he set up schools and cooperatives in 91 communities around him.
Yirol, Ayam, Adior, Lekadudu, BunAgany, Matbar, Panakar, are places where there are schools, kindergartens, schools for adults, medical dispensaries and chapels, and it is due to the tireless work of this Sevillian. Only in Yirol, the three schools that he started have 5600 students in total, plus a kindergarten with 600 students and two hospitals.
Each weekend, he travels to one of the 54 chapels scattered throughout the region, each with its school and dispensary carrying hope where war and poverty have ravaged for decades.
In 2009, Solarpack donated through Amsudán an electrical installation with photovoltaic panels, batteries, generator and a water pump, initiating a relationship that has been maintained throughout these years.
In our daily activity as a Foundation we find ourselves meeting people whose work and selfless dedication to others inspire and encourage us in our task. We want to share their stories because they are an example and inspiration for all.