Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Whatcom/Lesotho Family Uniting

Dear friends,

Africa has changed my life.

It was only a year ago, that Dave and I joined several other friends from Bellingham to visit a small Kingdom in Southern Africa, called Lesotho.  During that trip, I met children, mothers and grandmothers whose courage, strength and faith amazed me as they fought the greatest tragedy of our times -- the HIV/Aids Pandemic.  I saw with my own eyes hundreds of children, who are doing what they can to survive in a world so different from our own.  I also saw the hope that comes when people put their faith into action.   That’s why I am so committed to Action for Africa -- a grassroots group of Whatcom County people who have chosen to walk alongside the children, mothers and grandmothers of Lesotho, Africa.

After my return, I learned that there is one family (and only one) from Lesotho living in my hometown, Bellingham.  And, I have since come to know Michael and Selloane Breeding and their daughter Michelle Retselisitsoe.  You can read more about their story here, but Michael and Selloane have decided to legally adopt these four precious children (their neice and nephews) and bring them into their 2-bedroom home in Bellingham.  They know that if left alone, these four precious children are vulnerable.  It is a real possibility that without adult protection, they may end up in the streets of the capital city, Maseru – fending for themselves.  This is simply not an acceptable option!

The good news is Khethollo Phillip, Karabo Patricia, Boitumelo David, and Rethabile Alex, DO have living relatives in Michael and Selloane who are willing to adopt them.  But Michael and Selloane will not be able to do this alone.  While they both have jobs, they simply do not have the financial resources to cover the legal work, application fees, medical costs and transportation expenses required to get these kids out of danger and back into a loving family.  We estimate that the total costs to exceed $20,000.  We have determined to walk alongside Michael and Sellonae and their daughter Michelle – to bring their four orphan relatives to Bellingham.

We need your help.  We are asking you to make a tax-deductible donation  to bring these children to their new home.
  • $50 will pay for one medical appointment
  • $100 will help cover legal fees in Lesotho
  • $250 will help cover application fees for one child
  • $500 will help cover application fees for two children
  • $1,000 will help cover transportation for one child
Tax-deductible checks can be made out to "Action For Africa" and sent to:  Action For Africa  -  PO Box 28696  -  Bellingham, WA  98226.   Memo your check with "Whatcom / Lesotho Orphan Fund".  Tax receipts for 2009 will be sent out by January 15, 2010.

Thank you for helping bring these vulnerable children to their new home.

Sharon Loeppky

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