CEBES, a network of Christian Base Communities in El Salvador, began in the 1980s in response to the violence and repression of the Civil War (1980-1992). During the 1980s and 1990s, the organizing efforts and projects of these communities were coordinated internally – among community members, priests, and allies.
In 2000, some of those who had been involved in this process formed the organization Fundación Hermano Mercedes Ruíz (FUNDAHMER) as a recognized non-governmental organization (NGO) with the task of assisting the Base Communities. FUNDAHMER today is a foundation dedicated to serving and coordinating the Base Communities, which exist independently and have their own particular history.
Our work maintains a spirit of solidarity as we implement human development and education projects. Together with the Base Communities, we build relationships of solidarity at the national and international levels, working in a spirit of gender equality and in balance with nature.