Help bring the magic of Christmas into our Home

Seven years have passed since Pamela and her two siblings were left outside our gate … abandoned by a mother who was unable to care for them. Since then, they have never left our Centre. They’ve spent every Christmas, and every school holiday here; they have nowhere else to go.

And it hurts. Because, some of the other kids do visit their parents or extended family during the holidays, under the careful supervision of the social workers. Spending time with family is part of our Family Reunification programme aimed at getting kids back where they belong – with their own family.

But, because Pamela and her siblings were abandoned, we had very few details to work with. And although the children know they are safe and loved here, they still feel left out when the other kids’ chatter excitedly about their plans for the holidays. Plans that include treasured time with their parents, aunts, uncles, or grandparents.

It would mean so much for Pamela to also be ‘going on holiday’ this Christmas. And for a while it seemed that it might be possible.

Earlier this year, we finally managed to locate her mom in Mpumalanga. Sadly, the mother’s circumstances remain the same. But, shortly afterwards, Pamela’s paternal grandmother contacted us and we began the screening process … hoping that the children could possibly visit her this Christmas.

But every arrangement we try to make falls through. And we’re going to have three very disappointed youngsters … along with around 50 other children who aren’t able to go home for the holidays.

But with your help once again, we can make this festive season just as special for them here.

Please help make Christmas a time of fun and excitement for these boys and girls – by making your donation online now.

Your contribution of R250 will provide a special Christmas meal – with ice-cream, sweets, cool drink, festive decorations, crackers to pull and a small gift under the Christmas tree for a teenager like Pamela.

R120 provides a care pack of body spray, skin cream, soap, deodorant, shampoo and Vaseline (which are always needed and greatly appreciated). R299 buys a summer dress for a teenage girl, or 3 kids’ t-shirts. Gifts of any amount are deeply appreciated and will make a difference!

Because they all help make Christmas a happy, exciting time for boys and girls who might otherwise feel left out and forgotten at this special time of the year.

Best of all – giving happiness to a child adds to your own enjoyment of the festive season. So go ahead, and be as generous as you want to be!

Christmas joy

Help bring the magic of Christmas into our Home this festive season – please donate towards a festive meal, treats and a small gift under the tree on Christmas morning.

children deserve to be safe & happy

In a perfect world, every child would grow up in a loving home – with enough food, clothing and opportunities to play and learn.

But it’s not a perfect world.

The Durban Child & Youth Care Centre strives to give children who’ve been orphaned, abandoned, neglected or abused, another chance of a happy childhood. We provide a safe home, all the daily necessities, education and encouragement to help them develop into healthy, well-adjusted kids.

Wherever possible, we work with the family to enable children to return home. Because every child needs a place to belong.

Watch our video to find out more

South Africa's children are hurting

In mid 2017, South Africa was home to 19.6 million children under the age of 18
Of these:

million orphans
million dependent
on grants
thousand live in
child only households
0 %
live below
the poverty line

How we help

our programmes

Residential Care

our programmes

Residential Care

Up to 60 boys and girls, between the ages of 2-18, live in three units. They attend local schools and receive counselling, remedial teaching, therapy and other activities designed to encourage them to develop skills, talents and confidence.
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our programmes

siyakhula Treatment Centre

our programmes

Siyakhula treatment centre

This is a 12 week residential rehabilitation programme for youth (aged 11-17) who are addicted to substances. They develop new skills and attitudes to enable them to remain drug free.
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our programmes

amaqhawe Care Centre

our programmes

Amaqhawe Centre

This is a home for 14 children suffering from chronic life threatening illnesses (mainly HIV) and disabilities. We focus on their emotional, spiritual and medical care. Wherever possible, families are encouraged to be involved.
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our programmes

Community support

our programmes

Community support

Professional support to other child & youth care centres, the National Association of Child Care Workers, Regional Youth Forum, etc.
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Play your part

Although we receive a government subsidy for each child, this is nowhere near the real cost of caring.
Your donation helps provide food, shelter, education, medical care and the therapeutic programmes
these children need to overcome their unhappy past and develop into confident, happy young people.

Other ways to help

Gifts in kind

We appreciate donations of non-perishable food items, clothing and toiletries. Please contact us for a list of our most pressing needs.

Get a MySchool Card

Choose the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre as the beneficiary of your MySchool card and help raise funds every time you swipe the card.


Helping with homework, mentoring older children and sewing clothes are just some of the ways you can make a difference.


Provide a regular monthly service like removal of garden refuse, or general maintenance like replacing light bulbs and tap washers.

Fundraise for us

Run a marathon and ask your friends to sponsor you ... or ask for donations to DCYCC in lieu of birthday or Christmas gifts.

Set up a monthly payment

Even small donations - made regularly every month by debit order or recurring EFT - add up to a whole lot of help.

Leave a bequest

One sentence in your will could make a lasting impact on a child's life – and costs you nothing right now!

Adopt a room

Contribute towards the running costs for one room – and your kindness will touch many children's lives each year.

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