SalvAide's partnerships are longstanding and firmly rooted. The Association for the Development of El Salvador (CRIPDES) has been a SalvAide partner for over 35 years. CRIPDES arose in 1985 as a direct initiative of rural Salvadorans organizing to return to the communities from which they had been driven by the Salvadoran Armed Forces. The Association for Cooperation and the Communal Development of El Salvador (CORDES) was born two years later as an initiative of resettled communities working to rebuild and to cooperatively cultivate their lands. In 2013, CORDES celebrated 25 years of work for rural development rooted in social justice and has published a book (in Spanish) to commemorate its anniversary.
It is the shared struggle and precariousness of attempting to rebuild in a conflict zone and the hope and solidarity this requires that have made the CRIPDES-CORDES-SalvAide partnership so strong. Today, CRIPDES and CORDES continue to contribute to the construction of peace, justice, prosperity, and democracy in El Salvador. Both are established and recognized leaders in the Salvadoran social movement.