The Association of Economic and Social Development Santa Marta (ADES) is a non-profit organization, founded on March 7, 1993 in the small town of Santa Marta, located in Victoria, Cabañas, El Salvador.

ADES was born out of the Committee of Repopulated Communities of Cabañas (CRC) to respond to the needs of the communities repatriated and repopulated to Santa Marta, a population that due to the army’s repression, took refuge in Honduras during the armed conflict of 1980.

The conditions created by the first return of residents to Santa Marta from Mesa Grande, Honduras, in October of 1987, and the conditions after the signing of the Peace Accords (Mexico, 1992), opened the possibility of extending ADES’ educational and organizational work to new communities in Cabañas and in other Departments.

By accompanying processes of political formation and popular communication, promoting organic agriculture and respect for the environment, and defending human rights as the fundamental basis of human development, ADES has fostered partnerships that have supported work in San Vicente, Cuscatlán, Usulután, San Salvador, La Unión, and La Libertad.

ADES receives recognition in Guatemala for its environmental work

Communities and the municipality of Mataquescuintla in the Jalapa department of Guatemala, presented an award to Vidalina Morales for ADES’s struggle against metallic mining exploration in Cabañas.




Community Organizing and Accompaniment Program
The Community Accompaniment Program is fundamental to our direct work with communities seeking to improve their lives.
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Sustainable Agriculture

The Sustainable Agriculture Program facilitates trainings and the application of organic agriculture techniques, gradually advancing...
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Water Resources Management Program

Using a watershed management and planning approach, ADES’ Water Resources Management Program accompanies communities in the following processes...
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