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.


Leadership, organization and incidence
Promote inclusive and horizontal leadership, with an emphasis on women and youth, that strengthen community organization. • Promote processes of political incidence, vindication of human rights and defense of the territories, in alliance with social movements.
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Food sovereignty and agroecology

Promote the adoption of an agroecological model that contributes to the achievement of sustainable local agricultural systems that optimize and stabilize production, as the basis of food sovereignty.
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Comprehensive water and sanitation management

Strengthen community participation in improving water and sanitation management, contributing to the exercise of the human right to water.
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