Abuna (Brazil) | Associate for Refugees and Latin America
José Prado is the founder and President of Abuna, a Brazilian NGO which serves refugees and forcibly displaced peoples. Abuna fosters the integration and self-reliance of refugees, opening doors and removing barriers, by providing effective education opportunities, social cultural activities, and tailored assistance. Currently, it has operating bases in Brazil and Thailand, with projects in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. In addition, José is the National Facilitator of the Refugee Highway Partnership in Brazil (REMIR) and serves on the RHP global leadership team. Through these roles he has the opportunity to start and coordinate strategic projects and partnerships, focusing the services to and with refugees in Brazil and worldwide.
For over 34 years, José has been moved by a strong passion for the Brazilian Church and its missionary responsibility, serving churches, training centers, and mission agencies in the areas of training, sending and pastoring missionaries. He studied theology at the Universidad Evangélica de las Americas (UNELA) in San Jose, Costa Rica. He and his wife Valdívia have three children and reside in Maringa, Brazil (just south of São Paulo).