Three decades ago, Jesuit priest, Ignacio Martín-Baró was using his faith and deep understanding of social psychology to help Salvadoran people overcome the war and violence that was consuming their communities.
Martín-Baró was ultimately killed by the military. Friends and colleagues of Martín-Baró found it crucial to maintain his legacy, and founded the Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights. 2019 marks the 30
anniversary of Martín-Baró’s death, but it also marks the 30
year of the Martín-Baró Fund. It is now a Community Advised Fund at PDF in which several members of the community raise funds and recommend how to distribute those resources.
In the last three decades, the Martín-Baró Fund has impacted local communities, advocated for mental health and given people hope. The Martín-Baró Fund brings support to those of all ages, genders and abilities.
As it was for Martín-Baró, community is one of the values of grantees recommended by the Martín-Baró Fund.
One of these projects is the Children’s Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines. Children’s Rehabilitation Center
works with the children living in areas subject to attack, often through art.
Another grantee started just four years ago in Mexico, the Center for Experimentation for Tzeltal Community. This organization helps Indigenous women of the Tzeltal community to gain knowledge on gender and human rights inequality, and how to fight back against it. Women feel empowered to step into leadership roles and reshape their communities toward peace.
Martín-Baró Fund has recommended grants to dozens of other projects all working towards a common goal of equality. With their more than half a decade of partnership, the Martín-Baró Fund and PDF have worked together towards their shared vision of a peaceful and just future.
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