The story of Marvin Medina Ramos, By Eloise Clawson
As a shy ten year old Marvin Medina Ramos started attending the Barefoot Angels’ program in the afternoon. Each morning he awoke at dawn to begin his work day. It was his job to help his family by selling in the streets as an ambulatory vender of bread and pastries. Marvin traveled long distances, weaving among the buses, in the midst of traffic, and in the congested marketplace. It was an environment of gangs, exploitation,
prostitution and drugs.
Three afternoons each week Marvin attended school and the other two days he was able to be a member of the Barefoot Angels’ program. Although small in stature, his energy and participation were contagious. Through the Barefoot Angels’ program Marvin furthered his education, learned leadership skills and had a place be a kid.
That was 1989 and so often I thought of Marvin as the years passed. I remember he seemed so vulnerable to his surroundings in spite of his potential for the future. In 2010 during the eye campaign in January, I asked about Marvin. Did anyone know anything about him?
What a surprise when several days later Marvin stopped by the Barefoot Angels’ program! He is now a father and currently works as a mason. Unemployment and under-employment are rampant in El Salvador but with the education and leadership skills he received from the Barefoot Angels program he is hopeful the future will have new possibilities for him and his family. It was a wonderful surprise to see and talk with Marvin twenty-one years later and to see again an example of the fine work of ASAPROSAR and the impact the Barefoot Angels has on the lives of high-risk youth and children in El Salvador.