About Us

The Mabopane Foundation was founded in 2003 to protect and provide for abandoned, abused, and orphaned children in Mabopane, South Africa. The village (called the Ya Bana village) currently houses over 60 children of all ages. A primary focus of the foundation is to share God’s love and hope with the children in addition to caring for their physical needs. Mabopane is a poor and industrialized township located in the town of Winterveld, within the northwest province of Gauteng, South Africa. Millions of people have settled in the Mabopane area with hopes of finding employment, but jobs are scarce, poverty high, and disease rampant.

The Foundation is based in North Carolina and is run almost entirely by volunteers so that 100% of donations go directly to the children. Through the sacrificial giving of those willing to invest in the future of orphaned and vulnerable children, we are helping sustain and grow Ya Bana Village in Mabopane, South Africa. Join us in providing a future full of hope and promise for these children by donating, volunteering, and praying.

Mission Statement

Changing Lives by sharing God's love and hope with Mabopane's children in need.

Vision Statement

Mabopane Foundation helps provide a loving environment where children are embraced with God’s love in a family setting. Experiencing holistic care, the programs focus on the physical, emotional, educational, spiritual, and cultural needs of the child.

Values Statement

Our values are Faith, Family & Friends, Love, Service, Stewardship, and Integrity.
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers
of mine, you did for me."
- Matthew 25:40

Ya Bana Village

The Mabopane Foundation founded and helps sustain the Ya Bana Village in Mabopane South Africa. Ya Bana, which means "for the children" in the Tswana language, is a village project aimed at providing orphaned and vulnerable children with permanent housing in a family environment. Trained house mothers offer love and structure along with ongoing programs to holistically address emotional, educational, spiritual, and cultural needs. 
Learn about Ya Bana

Founder's Testimony

Becky Young, Mabopane Foundation Executive Director, visited Mabopane in 1998 on a mission trip. There, she found two partnering shelters striving to serve poor and disadvantaged children and provide for their basic needs with little resources. Becky's heart was touched by the many volunteers who gave genuine love and care to the children.
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Board of Directors

Mabopane’s Board of Directors meets once a month to provide discernment and guidance for all aspects of the mission. Please click here to meet our Board of Directors.
Board Members
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