El Salvador


Realizing human rights and ending poverty in El Salvador

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, we support organizations working to overcome poverty and oppression. Our small, grassroots grantees are rooted in communities, where they empower local people to identify their most critical concerns and take action to address injustice. We also support groups that organize broader movements for social change, influencing governments and policymakers to respect and promote human rights.

In El Salvador, AJWS promotes collective land rights of indigenous and afro-descendant communities; confronts internal displacement and environmental degradation due to megaprojects; and protects and promotes the work of human rights defenders. AJWS partners work to increase political participation and amplify the voices of historically marginalized communities, including indigenous populations, women, youth, and LGBT people. AJWS also promotes the freedom from discrimination, stigmatization, and violence, as well as access to safe health services for women, girls, LGBT people, and sex workers.

Recent Projects in El Salvador

Asociacion Amigos de San Isidro, Cabañas (ASIC)
Capacity Building and Community Organizing

Purpose: To strengthen local communities' natural resource rights management by conducting trainings on agro-ecological and sustainable farming techniques and developing programs on environmental awareness and human rights for communities facing food insecurity.

Asociacion Cooperativa de Aprovisionamiento, Ahorro, Crédito y Consumo de Mujeres del bajo Lempa 'Marta González' (ACAMG)
Organizational Capacity Building

Purpose: To support ACAMG in addressing food insecurity and poverty by training women cooperative members in micro business development, agro-ecological techniques, animal husbandry, gender, computer skills, and in maintaining a rotating loan fund to invest in members' micro businesses.

Asociacion de Desarrollo Economico Social Santa Marta (ADES)
Education, Research, Advocacy and Support for Human Rights Defenders

Purpose: To strengthen the safety and security of human rights defenders by providing direct legal assistance, producing analyses of attacks against human rights defenders, conducting community trainings on the rights of human rights defenders, coordinating forums on the status of human rights defenders in El Salvador and conducting a human rights education radio program.

Asociación Agropecuaria de Mujeres Rurales Produciendo en la Tierra (AMSATI de RL)
Strengthening the Productive Capacities of Rural Women

Purpose: To strengthen local women's leadership in agricultural cooperatives and advance women's rights in the cooperative sector through advocacy and leadership building activities.

Asociación de Mujeres Flor de Piedra
Promoting Sex Workers' Sexual and Reproductive Health

Purpose: To protect the rights of sex workers by running public awareness initiatives, engaging in advocacy with decision-makers, raising awareness about sexual rights among sex worker groups and strengthening the organization's ability to work with its communities.

Asociación Equipo Maíz
Popular Education and Economic Literacy

Purpose: To strengthen grassroots organizations' economic and political analysis by publishing articles in the Salvadoran mass media and conducting economic literacy education and organizational development for leaders from 50 grassroots organizations and civil society organizations from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Comite de Reconstruccion y Desarrollo Economico y Social de Comunidades de Suchitoto (CRDESC)
Strengthening Women and Youth's Natural Resource Rights Agendas

Purpose: To strengthen women and youth's participation in defending their natural resource rights through workshops that build youth's organizing capacity, women-led agricultural production initiatives, and leadership development trainings.