History and Success Stories

In 2010 a local church, the Duet Congregation received a donation from the Yara Outreach Trust to help the poor community of Ikageng, the township next to Potchefstroom in South Africa. The Church decided to establish the Bafenyi Trust to administer Yara’s contribution to this poor community.

The Trust bought four stands for day care centres. On two of these stands, new facilities have been developed.

The Mamello story
Mamello Day Care Centre was founded by Gloria Maphalla in 2000 and used to accommodate the children it cared for in shacks. In 2011 the very unsafe and unhealthy shack of the Mamello Day Care Centre was replaced with a brand new 4 classroom facility. Because of its new facility Mamello now qualifies to receive subsidy and is also used as a training facility for the Bafenyi Trust.

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The Dinaledi workshops
The Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners working in the day care centres of Ikageng, approached the Trust for help with their educational programme in 2011 and the Trust started to present weekly workshops to practitioners of approximately 10 centres. The number of centres that attend these weekly workshops have now grown to more than 40.

We name these workshops the Dinaledi workshops. The word Dinaledi is the Tswana word for stars, as we believe that the practitioners are the stars referred to in Phillippians 2:15, who are shining in their communities to bring hope and light.


The New Life Story
The New Life Day Care Centre was founded by Charlott Mothebe in 2004. Just like the Mamello Day Care Centre, New Life made use of a shack to care for and educate the children. In 2011 the first phase of a new centre was developed and the children could move into their new facility in 2012. Because of this facility, New Life is now receiving subsidy from the Department of Social Development. This enables the Centre to give the children two balanced meals per day and to pay better salaries.

Phase two of the centre will hopefully be finished in 2014.



After a very lengthy struggle to get illegal squatters off the stand bought with Yara funds for the Regorogile Day Care Centre, the Trust managed to move this centre of Dorothy Raditsabeng to its new stand in 2013.

The students of the Equilibria School of Refinement did a wonderful centre make-over at the Regorogile Early Learning Centre in October 2013.

We hope to start developing a new facility for Regorogile soon.

Squatters on Regorogile's new stand Moving to the new stand
Before the makeover After the makeover

Yara funds helped us to buy a stand for the Rejoy Day Care Centre. With funds from Anglogold Ashanti a fence was erected and the School of Artillery of the South African Defence Force built two very sturdy temporary classes.

Rotary Potchefstroom donated funds for a structure with toilets and wash basins and Creative Garden Services cleaned up the stand for Rejoy.

It is our dream to also develop a new permanent facility for Rejoy soon.

Rejoys new stand Colonel Schoonwinkel hands over the new shack to Egmicia
The new shack A new fence, new classrooms and toilet facilities

Onalerona Day Care Centre
With the help of Potchefstroom Gimnasium, Vaxjo Fria Gymnasium in Sweden and Roadworks, the facilities of Onalerona Day Care Centre has been much improved over the past two years.

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