It's the most magical time of the year for a child ...

Unless you’ll spend Christmas apart from your family, in a Children’s Home …

… convinced that Father Christmas won’t know where to find you – and that there will be no brightly wrapped gift under the tree with your name on it.

… keeping quiet at school when your friends boast about their holiday plans – because kids in a home don’t go on fun outings to the movies or McDonalds.

Or do they?

Yes – if you will help!

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

Your contribution* of R129 could buy a new Barbie doll or toy truck … R179 buys a jigsaw puzzle or soccer ball for an older child … R250 pays for movie tickets and popcorn for two friends … R229 pays for a new pair of school shoes. More generous gifts provide new clothing and counselling for children who have no family to go home to over the holidays.

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!

* Cash gifts are the most useful, as they ensure a fair distribution among the children and enable us to buy toys and clothing suitable for each individual. Thank you for your understanding.

Help bring the magic of Christmas into our Home this festive season – give yourself the joy of making a child happy

Please donate towards holiday fun 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.

What's happening at our home

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 …

Friendship Day Celebrations

On Saturday, 2 November we hosted our Annual Friendship Day Programme. The goal of the programme is to empower our young people and …

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