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Columbian orphans visit Lodi in hopes of finding permanent families

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Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:46 am, Tue Jul 12, 2011.

On July 3, three orphans, who are siblings from Bogota, Colombia, arrived in the United States for a five-week stay in Lodi that may end, they hope, in their being adopted. These three are part of a group of 12 coming to Northern California under the auspices of Kidsave, an organization devoted to helping children ages 8 to 13 who are forgotten in orphanages and foster care, find permanent families. Other children are going to Southern California.

The three are part of a larger group of completely orphaned children — no parents, no close relatives of any kind — whom Gary and Jasmine Rouppet took for a two-week stay at a summer resort camp in the Andes this past January, and they are delighted to have the chance to see some of "their" children again. This was the seventh year that the Rouppets have taken a group of orphans from Bogota for this kind of summer break, treating them to a kind of life and some enjoyable experiences which most have never had. A number of Lodians have assisted with gifts and clothing for these occasions.

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