In 1987, while El Salvador’s civil war raged on, displaced villagers started to return home. People from the village of Santa Marta returned determined to live in a new way. They decided to share land instead of holding individual plots. Education became their top priority.
They set up a community organization called ADES (AH-dess)—the Santa Marta Economic and Social Development Association. They built a school that now graduates almost 100 students each year. Almost half go on to post-secondary institutions. ADES created a community radio station and a community bakery to produce bread at an affordable price.
ADES is a social movement that functions as a non-governmental organization with a goal of achieving social and ecological justice in rural El Salvador.
Farmers receive training and support as they adjust to practices that respect the earth and restore the land, avoiding expensive external inputs like chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Several greenhouses help to increase production and diversify crops. Over time, the scope of ADES’s work has expanded to farmers in other villages. ADES works with other organizations to address the challenges presented by mining companies, hydro-electric projects, and industrial-scale farming.
We sing thanksgiving for Mission & Service partners like ADES that support sustainable farming practices and care for the earth.
If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all our Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving to God!