Newsletter - March - April Edition 2024

May 9, 2024

Mabopane Foundation Newsletter

March - April 2024


Online Auction

Join us for an online auction May 17th-25th to support the Ya Bana Village!

Community Cleanup

The Ya Bana Village has started a new, community clean-up initiative to clean-up the wetlands surrounding the village.

Annual Plant Sale

Our annual plant sale is coming up May 10th and 11th at the Mabopane Marketplace.

A Widow's Offering

A reflection on Mark 12:41-44 and the attitude we should have as we give of our money & resources.

Online Auction: May 17-25

Join us for an online auction, where your contributions go beyond mere bids; they will make a tangible difference in the lives of the children of YaBana Village and the surrounding community. 100% of the money raised at this auction will go directly to sustaining the YaBana Village and providing for the children living there. We will be offering something for everyone at this auction; you can expect a wide array of items, experiences, and services available for bidding.

Event Details:
Date: May 17th beginning at 5PM – May 25th at Midnight
Location: Online Platform - 32 Auctions

How It Works:
Participating in our online auction is very easy. Simply register on our platform (32 auctions), browse through the catalog of items, and place your bids. Keep an eye on your favorite items and engage in friendly competition as you vie for the winning bid. You can access the auction at this web address:

Exclusive Highlights: We are offering some incredible items including several vacation rentals, family-fun experiences, high-end tools, beautiful jewelry, and unique collectibles.

Mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready to make a difference. Your participation in our online charity auction isn't just about winning; it's about leaving a lasting impact on the children of Ya Bana.


Community Clean-Up

Ya Bana Village for the children is situated in Winterveld, next to a wetland, where they face the daily menace of illegal dumping due to intermittent service delivery in the community. Winterveld is an economically challenged community where unemployment and poverty is rampant.

The "Ya Bana Village for the Children and Winterveld Community Clean-Up Initiative" was launched on Friday, 9 February 2024, and is a comprehensive, long-term project to create a cleaner environment and to empower the local community economically. Ya Bana Village invited members of the community, media, municipality, local churches, and schools to join them in this clean-up project.

To encourage local residents to participate in the cleanup, the Ya Bana Village distributes garbage bags to the community, offering residents the chance to earn Ya Bana Village Moola (a currency used within the Ya Bana Village) for every full bag of garbage handed in. This currency can then be used to purchase essential food items from our special Moola shop. A hundred and fifty community members attended the launch and managed to collect 600 bags of garbage from the wetland. The sense of pride and accomplishment on the faces of our community members participating in this Ya Bana Village and Winterveld Community Clean-up initiative will be the driving force behind a successful and sustainable project.

Ya Bana Village seeks to improve not just the lives of the children living within the village, but also of those living within the community. This clean-up initiative is just one of many ways that the village works to improve the community around them.

Annual Plant Sale

Join us at the Mabopane Marketplace May 10th from 7am - 12pm and May 11th from 10am - 1pm for our annual plant sale! Spruce up your gardens while supporting the children of Ya Bana Village! You'll find a wide variety of plants including garden perennials, small shrubs, and houseplants.

We are also accepting donations of plants (preferably labeled) up until the day of the sales.

Auction Donations

Please consider donating to our upcoming online auction! We are looking for new, high-end items, gift certificates for restaurants/services/stores/experiences, and rental home donations. All item donors will be featured on our website, social medial and online auction platform. Most importantly, 100% of the money made at this auction will be used to sustain the Ya Bana Village (cover the costs of food, shelter, electricity, etc.). If you are interested in donating, please reach out to

Furniture Donations

We need upholstered chairs, loveseats, and other small furniture items (small tables, nightstands, drawers, small desks, etc.) to sell at the Mabopane Marketplace. For larger furniture items, please text Becky a photo at 919-818-3804 to ensure that we have space to store the item and to coordinate a time to drop-off.
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A Widow’s Offering: Mark 12:41-44

In the Gospel of Mark, chapter 12, verses 41-44, we encounter a brief but profound episode in the life of Jesus Christ that offers a deep insight into the nature of giving and the qualities of true generosity. This passage, often referred to as "The Widow's Offering," is set against the backdrop of Jesus' teachings in the temple of Jerusalem, where He observes various individuals contributing to the temple treasury.

As Jesus sat opposite the treasury, He watched how the crowd put money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large amounts, making a show of their contributions. Amid this scene, a poor widow approached the treasury, and she put in two small copper coins, seemingly insignificant in comparison to the large amounts that others were giving.Jesus sees this widow giving despite her poverty and calls out how she had put in more than all the others contributing to the treasury. For the others gave out of their wealth, but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on. This act of the widow highlights a contrast not merely in the amount of money given, but in the spirit and sacrifice behind the giving. Jesus commends her giving as her gift required sacrifice and came from a heart of generosity and faith. She did not give to receive praise from man or to feel good about her giving, but instead, she humbly gave to God because she knew that all she had already belonged to God.

The account of the widow's offering is a reminder that in the kingdom of God, the smallest acts done with great love are valued above the grandest deeds done with showmanship. It challenges each of us to live and give not according to the abundance of our possessions but sacrificially – recognizing that God has blessed us abundantly and we are called to pour out that blessing on others. In this way, the story of the widow in Mark 12:41-44 challenges believers to live a life of genuine sacrifice and dependence on God.
Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Mark 12:41-44

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