Be the hero in a child's life – without breaking the bank

When you make a donation to the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre, you get a Section 18A Certificate that entitles you to claim a rebate on your tax. Which means you can make a big difference in a child’s life … and save money on your tax at the same time.

But hurry – you only have until the end of February to make your donation and claim money back from the tax man this year.

Your support right now will make such a difference! We took in 18 new children at the beginning of the year … seven of whom have just started school for the very first time. These little ones are frightened, unsure of what to expect. Some have never slept in their own bed before! Most of them are used to the gnawing ache of hunger.

Your contribution – made online now will help turn their lives around. 

Gifts of R500, R250 and even R100 provide food, clothing, school fees and school stationery. Please be as generous as you can … then use your certificate to claim your reward from the tax man.


kids colouring in

We have seven little ones starting Grade 1 this year – which means all the usual ‘back to school’ expenses x 7!

Your donation helps start them on the road to lifelong learning – please be part of their journey.

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.

What's happening at our home

Back to school

Starting ‘big school’ for the first time

At the beginning of the year, we welcomed no fewer than 18 new children to our Home – seven of them have just …

Message from the Director

What happened … where has 2019 gone? It seems that every year at this time we ask the same question – where has …
Siyakhula Rehabilitation

Siyakhula Rehabilitation Centre celebrates 20 years

20 years ago, this organisation took a leap of faith and opened the Siyakhula Rehabilitation Centre offering an in-patient treatment programme to young …

Wishing Former Treasurer, Chris Yuill, a Happy Retirement

Chris Yuill took over as Treasurer of the Durban Child and Youth Care Centre during 1991, and held this position until 2017 when …

Thanks to Grobank

Early this year, our organisation was amongst many others that were affected by the heavy rain storm. Our reception area was flooded, causing …

31 Club – thank you

Special thanks to the wonderful ladies from the 31 Club for their incredible kindness and generosity to our organisation. Soon after the children …

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