July 22, 2009
To 12-year-old Diego, a Colombia native visiting Glendale this summer, the U.S. is a land of scrumptious bites, endless oceans for swimming and more relaxed attitudes. Diego and his 14-year-old brother, Alex, have been staying in Glendale with George Feldman and Eudora Loh and their family since the start of July as part of a program through Kidsave International, which helps older orphaned and foster children find homes in the United States. So far, Diego and Alex, whose last names are being withheld by the Colombian government to protect their privacy, have visited San Francisco, frolicked in the sand at various beaches and have made friends with other teens.
July 13, 2007
GLENDALE — The crashes of tumbling bowling pins, the scattered laughter of children and the idle chit-chat as players waited for their turn at Jewel City Bowl & Grill Thursday night seemed like a normal affair. But when 8-year-old Laura, an orphan from Bogota, Colombia, was taken aside from her 10-pin reverie and was asked about her home country, her eyes saddened as if she were keeping some sensitive stories inside. Eleven such orphans were at the local bowling alley Thursday night with host families and advocates for what Kidsave Los Angeles — the volunteer organization that tries to pair children in orphanages and foster care into permanent homes and families — in what was billed as just another fun outing in their Summer Miracles program.