Osmar arrived in the United States when he was 14 years old after fleeing El Salvador with his younger sister in search of safety from abuse. After a difficult journey, Osmar happily reunited in Los Angeles with his father, who he hadn’t seen in seven years. He enjoys playing soccer and DJ’ing at home with his dad and dreams of becoming a nurse one day. “I want to save many lives. I like everything about medicine,” he said.
With KIND’s assistance, Osmar obtained his Green Card and is grateful for the support his attorney and team at KIND provided him and his family. “Thanks to KIND, we got our lawyer, and she helped us with a lot of things like getting the Green Card. So, KIND has given us a lot of help.” He also fondly remembers the close relationship he had with his attorney sharing, “Well, it was very nice because from the beginning she was kind throughout the course of what she was doing. She was super, super excellent, and I liked her way of handling the case, I liked how she treated us. We even invited her to meet, to have a coffee. She went, we gave her a scarf and she liked it very much – she was delighted.”
Among Osmar’s many interests is art, particularly drawing. One of his drawings is featured in KIND’s traveling client art exhibit. He hopes to one day see his pieces in person, “I would like that, to travel, see my drawings in museums.”
Osmar realized he liked drawing during a memorable moment at KIND’s Los Angeles’s office when his attorney asked him to draw something during some free time. “In art, I started here [in the United States] because I didn’t know what my abilities were there [in El Salvador]. Then here I came to discover that I liked it, I like art. So, when KIND and the lawyer told me ‘Oh, make a drawing,’ then I did it. I remember that I did a little dog, and I did the drawing of the boy who is sitting [featured in KIND’s traveling art show]. And I did it with an expression of the past, kind of how I felt, because well, my mom, I haven’t seen her for almost 12 years, so it’s very difficult for me to see that image. Because it reminds me a lot of the past and until today, I have made some drawings that KIND has liked a lot and I thank her for that. And because the drawings represent me how my life has changed before and after. That is why I have given my drawings to KIND.” Over time he has also seen how much his art technique has changed as well as the meaning behind his drawings, “Before I used to make sad drawings and today, I make drawings that really fill me with joy, and I say wow. How a drawing that I used to make before has changed to a happy drawing now. And that’s why today I make drawings under an expectation that I say how far have we come?”
Osmar encourages children who are facing the same challenges he once did to stay strong. “I would tell them to work hard, that here is a good future for them and that they should find their abilities, because we all have abilities that we have not yet found. So that’s what I would tell them, to work hard.”
“This drawing was done using a very small pencil. I did it one day after coming back from work and that day I had so many memories in my head. The drawing is of my sister’s story. In her childhood, she suffered so much. She didn’t have a childhood like other girls her age. She was mistreated, and these are bad memories which up until this day, we’ve surpassed. The band-aid on the nose represents that she’s doing much better than before. That now, she has the childhood that she wanted, has the liberty to be happy, to see a new world, and to reach the dreams she’s set out for herself. Thanks to our father, we have a better life, and thanks to him, we are in a country that gives us so many opportunities. I want him to feel proud of us. “