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One Heart Profile

One Heart Christian Foundation is a registered Public Benefit Organization (PBO Nr: 930053049) of South Africa and situated between Malmesbury and Moorreesburg a small holding in a farming community called Stille Rus.

We are a Christian based organisation, birthed in obedience to God’s calling and operating by faith.  One Heart strive’s to uplift women and children of rural areas in the Swartland with education and new skills so that they can reach their full potential.


One Heart Christian Foundation is duly and ably represented by:

 Mrs Selene Basson

 (Founding Director, CEO & Pastor)

Selene worked in the building industry as a sales consultant and coordinator for 14 years at Inca Concrete Products.

She started to study part time during her years at Inca and now holds an

– Honours Degree in Ministry

– Bachelor Degree in Christian Counselling

– Ordained Minister of the Gospel





 Mr Johan Basson

 (Founding Director & Chairman)

Johan worked in the banking industry for 8 years. After that his career took a big turn by going into the building and maintenance of “reverse osmosis” water filter systems for Mineral Water Development.

Carpentry has always been his passion and led to the starting of his own business in 2000 which involves the building of bedroom and kitchen cupboards and bathroom vanities.

His passion is to teach people the skills of cupboard making after being in the industry for 16 years and seeing the lack of skilled workmanship that is available.

Selene and Johan Basson are married and have 2 children.




  Mrs Ria Byleveldt

(Director & Treasurer)

Ria is working in the building industry for Inca Concrete Products as an accountant for the last 13 years, she holds a Diploma in Cost and Management. Before she finished her part time studies in this diploma, she worked in the banking sector and also at Anglo American Farms for 10 years.

Ria loves to teach and provides counsel to all that seeks it from her. She has a passion for people in need, be it personal or spiritual. She has been involved in women’s ministry for more than 10 years, being a facilitator of small groups and a speaker at weekend seminars for women.





  Mrs Sherry Harmsen


Sherry Is married and has 2 children.  She worked in the forklift industry for many years before moving on into the Construction, Civils and Demolition Industry, working side by side with her husband.  She now currently runs her own company Rec-o-quip, selling demolition attachments and recycling equipment.

Sherry is deeply passionate about woman and children of all walks of life.  She has a certificate in Ministry and taught as a Sunday school teacher for many years as well as facilitated running a home group teaching, guiding and counselling woman.

Mrs Trudy Botes

(Director & Secretary)

Trudy is married and has 1 son. She works in the building industry and are involved in sales. She has good organisational skills and a technical mind.  Trudy is actively involved in her congregation, but through her childhood experiences she was moved to reach out farther to those who are spiritually in need.




Our mission is to empower rural children and women in the rural Swartland region of the Western Cape of South Africa to reach their full potential in life by improving their social emotional health through counselling and social support.


Our vision is to be an organisation that provides a place of safety and trust which offer initiatives of significance, variety, love, growth and belonging to youth and women in the rural Swartland region of the Western Cape of South Africa.

Core Values:

We are a Christian based organisation, birthed in obedience to God’s calling and operating by faith.

Statement of Faith:

We believe in the trinity, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit that are all ONE. We believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God and our one and only Savior. We believe that he died on a cross for our sins and that he was resurrected out of the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus ascended to Heaven sitting today at the right hand of the Father. We believe that He send the one that is exactly the same as him, the Holy Spirit to the earth on Pentecost and that that Spirit lives in each and every believer that gave their heart to Christ. We believe that we are saved by grace and not by works and that works are only a response or fruit of the Spirit living inside of us. We believe that we are all growing into maturity and nobody knows it all, that we have to pray daily, study the Word daily, have fellowship with Christians regularly and confess our salvation to those around us through the way we live and teach.

John 17:21-23

21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.


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