Monday, December 13, 2010

Updated Breeding Need list

The Breeding family is now in the home stretch of completion of their home addition and are expected to be moved in by Christmas.  This additional bedroom, bathroom and laundry room will make their day-to-day living a little less stressful, to say the least!

Philip, Alex & David will be vacating the livingroom where their 3 beds have been since their arrival in August, and Mike & Selloane will have a new bedroom.

Many of the items/services on the need list before have already been so generously donated and the Breeding family is appreciative beyond words.

Below is the updated need list:

  • 2 Upright Dressers
  • Couch for Livingroom
  • Gas Range and Vent Hood
  • Microwave
  • Large Crock  Pot / Pressure Cooker
  • Ironing Board
  • Tea Pot
  • Computer
  • Painting volunteers to paint the existing 2 bedrooms
  • Gift Cards towards any of the above
Additional notes:


If you'd like to help or have further questions, please contact:

Sharon Loeppky
sharonl@actionforafrica.org  
360-223-0200

or

Mike & Selloane Breeding
360-527-9625

Monday, August 30, 2010

Pepsi could give $10,000 to Breedings - we need your help!

Hi Everyone.

You may have heard about the Pepsi Refresh program that Walton Beverage is supporting. Action For Africa has a legitimate opportunity to be granted up to $10,000 for the support we are giving to the Breeding family.

Funds will be awarded to the Pepsi Refresh entrant that receives the most online votes. Each person can vote up to once per day between now and Sept 6th.

So, would you PLEASE take a moment to register at the following web site: http://www.waltonbeverage.com/content/walton_community/refresh_project.asp

Please go to this site every day between now and Sept 6 to vote. The specific project you are looking to vote for is titled:

Life support for four AIDS orphans from Lesotho, Africa that are moving to Bellingham in August

Please pass this message on with encouragement to all your friends and family.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sign up your Bellingham Traverse 2010 teams!

Action For Africa's Bellingham Traverse page has just been updated as the Bellingham Traverse 2010 is just around the corner.  Get your team together ASAP by following the directions on the site so you can help us reach our goal of:

  • having at least 100 racers
  • competing on 20 teams
  • raising $1,000/team
  • sending at least $20,000 to Africa

Remember that the more money raised, the higher your chances of scoring one of the corporate sponsor prizes.  Last year an Action For Africa team scored a brand new kayak from REI.  Pretty sweet!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Breedings Are Back!

This is slightly old news now, but the Breedings are back!  Here is the report from Carol, one of the airport escorts:

Hello all, 
Jeff and I drove two vehicles down to Seatac Airport last night to pick up Mike, Selloane and the kids.  What a wonderful and joyous experience! The kids were quiet and wide-eyed--presumably exhausted after 40 hours of travel (and months of anticipation), and overwhelmed by the airport scene and the fact of having arrived so close to their new home.  We shared tearful hugs with Mike and Selloane.  Michelle's best friend and her family were there with signs and small gifts.  One of the little boys said quietly to Selloane, "I think they like us.  They even gave us toys."  Karabo/Patricia looked on the verge of tears the whole time.   After getting all the luggage (not so much really for all the new lives they represented), we found the vehicles and had a tailgate picnic before hitting the road.  In my car, I had Selloane, Khethollo/Phillip (13) and Rethabile/Alex (7).  After seeing the lights of downtown Seattle and a glimpse at the Space Needle, the kids fell asleep.  Jeff and Mike were in the van with Michelle (10), Karobo/Patricia (10) and Rethabile/Alex (7).  Jeff said they all fell asleep too.  (We're not sure what we'll be calling them yet--Selloane said they use both names.)  
Selloane said during the time together in Lesotho, the kids have been talking a lot about their lives before she (and later Mike) got there--during their mother's illness and after her death.  They were on their own and lot, with a little help from relatives.  She and Mike tell them it's good to talk and okay to have feelings.  It seems good that they are processing their loss and hardship.  I'm sure that will continue as now they will adjust to a new life, with family, friends, and community--and no more going hungry and fending for themselves.    
Arriving at their new home in Bellingham was so touching.  Everyone was blown away.  Selloane has been away for 3 1/2 months, Mike and Michelle for 2 1/2 months, and of course for the other 4 kids they were home for the first time.  In my car, when Phillip saw the house, he started grinning and didn't stop for a while.  The house, yard and garden were in beautiful shape.  Lots of loving people put in lots of time and effort to get it ready for the family.  The house is small and simple, but a far cry more than these kids have known, I think.  Everyone has a nicely made bed, there is food in the fridge.  There was a welcome banner, flowers and cards. Neighbors came out to welcome them home.  (The addition to their house is progressing, but not finished yet.  It will add a bedroom and bathroom. Right now, Mike and Selloane have their small room, Michelle and Patricia have their small room, and the three boys have their beds in the living room.  They all share the one bathroom--and the big back yard!)   
We left them at about 11:30 pm to settle in and sleep.  They are a charming and good-looking bunch of kids. We look forward to getting to know them better!


Saturday, July 24, 2010

Taung Community

Action For Africa has been partnering with the Taung Community in Lesotho via World Vision.  We'll provide more details about this shortly.  You can also read the latest Taung Community Partnership update from World Vision.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Breeding Family Home Need List

The Breedings are expected to arrive on 8/7!  You can see their latest updates from their Facebook page.  The following are needed to make their move-in a success:

Items:
  • Electric Range (they do have gas in the house so let us know if you have access to a gas range)
  • Combo Microwave / fan hood for above range
  • Family Picnic Table for yard
  • Badminton Net / Set
  • 2 Each Indoor and outdoor entrance mats
  • 2 Upright dressers for kids
  • 5 Twin Size Mattress Covers 
  • 5 Pillows for beds
  • 5 Sets of white towels 
  • 1 Box Slim Hangars
  • Under Bed Storage Bins
  • Coffee Maker
  • 2 Shower Curtains
  • Various kitchen items:  cookie sheet, bread pan, nonstick fry pan, drawer liners, silverware tray, glasses, dish towels, nesting bowls, storage containers, spice rack, etc. 
  • Ironing Board
  • Fully stock pantry and fridge with foods
  • Various toiletries and dry goods
  • Art Supplies
  • Children’s Clothing / School Supplies (these will be purchased after the children arrive and can be involved in the selection)
  • Gift Cards from stores such as:  Costo, Fred Meyer, Bed Bath Beyond, T.J. Max, etc. to make the above purchases would be greatly appreciated.  (All shopping will be done on August 4th by Sharon and Antoinette)

Services:
  • Family Organizing Wall Set up (Julie Clarke – Organized At Last)
  • Meal Delivery for the first 2 weeks to be set up (need a volunteer to coordinate this)
  • Built –in Formica counter desk with file storage underneath for main living area (someone to build it in)
  • HOUSE INTERIOR – Deep Cleaning Crews
  • YARD WORK PARTY – Saturday July 24th and July 31st (9am – 12 noon).  Contact Myron at MyronLW@aol.com or 360-820-9969.

Additional Notes:
  • An account under the Breeding Family has been set up at the Children’s Consignment Store “HALF PINTS” on the Guide.  You can donate items there such as toys, clothes, bedding, etc. and the Credit for the items (or cash out) will be given to the family.
  • As always, donations through our PayPal link to the right or checks with memo “Lesotho Orphan Fund” and mailed to our mailing address (also to the right) are accepted.


If you have any other questions, please contact:

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Breeding Family Update from Lesotho


Below is an upadte from Michael's June 14th e-mail.
We made it to and from Qacha's Nek, spent a wonderful week with the in-laws and conducted some traditions to say farewell for the children, visited the graves of their parents, and generally had a good time.  Here a few photos to remind you all that your mission is on track and as much needed now as ever.  We stopped at the Taung CDP headquaters in Mohale's Hoek to say hi and met this nice gentleman whose name I have already forgotten....shame.  You can see that is was a road trip African style with all the kids piled into the back of the pick-up truck which a good friend here let me borrow! 
Selloane sends her greetings and her love to you all.  It looks as if we will not be arriving on the 26th, repeat, not on the 26th.  The papers are moving and we are hopeful the minister will sign off this week.  Then the lawyer gets his turn to make the adoptions official in court.  Then we get new birth certs and passports for the children with the surname Breeding.  Then we apply for the visas and come home.  Will give you all better dates as soon as I can be sure.
Look to my facebook page, Michael Breeding, for more photos. 
God's will in God's time! 
Peace, Mike




Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Breeding update in Lesotho

From Michael on May 31, 2010 1:49:10 AM PDT:
Dear Family and Friends,
Michelle and I arrived in Lesotho on Thursday night after an adventurous car ride from Johannesburg.  Somehow I managed to get onto a dirt road while trying to find a shortcut.  It turned out good though b/c we got to see some wild animals and birds that otherwise we wouldn't have seen on the more traveled hiway. 
We got to the house around 7pm to finally meet our new family and see Selloane after missing her for a month.  It was a happy occasion for everyone.  Now we have been together for a few days and the bonding has begun.  Michelle and her sister have had some adventures together in the village and Michelle's eyes are getting opened big time to see where she really comes from. 
I am very sorry to say that I am unable to download pics at this internet cafe where I am writing from now.  Tomorrow we journey into the mountains and will be out of touch for the next week.  When we get back, I will try again to get a computer where I can download pics of my beautiful family.  The children are all healthy and happy and really excited to have parents and a new sister.  So far, Crazy 8's is the favorite family game....it gets pretty heated and the youngest 2 boys start jumping and dancing on the couch when they win....good times! 
Keep us in your thougts and prayers.  The process goes on, but I still cannot say when we will return exactly.   Hopefully, when we get back from Qacha's Nek, we will get some good news from the lawyer. 
ka khotso(peace)
Mike and family

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Breeding arrived in Lesotho!

From the Breedings:
Lumelang from Africa,
Michelle and I are having breakfast at a beautiful B&B here in Joburg before we drive the 5hrs to Lesotho today...9months and I finally get to meet my new children today! God Bless,
Mike and Michelle

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

See you at Ski To Sea

Action For Africa will have a booth at Ski To Sea 2010.  Please stop by and say hi.  We'll be there promoting Action For Africa signups for the Bellingham Traverse.

Breeding are headed to Lesotho!


Quick update on the Breeding family.  They have all left for Lesotho!