"Now I can go to school with lunch and I won't feel hungry again."
Before he came to live with us at DCYCC, going hungry wasn’t the only thing 7 year old Nathi* had to worry about.
His mom is dead and he was living with his dad. Unfortunately, dad drinks alcohol and becomes violent when under the influence. Nathi lived in fear of the beatings he’d get when his father was drunk.
Then there were times when his dad would disappear for days, leaving the child without adult supervision. Even if there was food in the house, Nathi wasn’t allowed to eat it without permission. How do you choose between going hungry or risking another beating for disobeying?
We can only imagine how Nathi feels now – knowing that he never has to go hungry again and that no one here will ever hurt him. He’s learned to laugh again, and loves going to school every day. He gets such a kick out of knowing that his lunchbox is full!
But he’s just one of over a hundred children we must provide for every day. The cost of food alone is astronomical when you have to prepare over 9800 meals per month.
Please help us give children like Nathi the chance to enjoy the carefree and happy childhood they deserve. Your contribution of R560 provides one child with nutritious meals for a whole month. R140 feeds a child for a week. Any amount donated online now will be sincerely appreciated. Thank you for caring.
* Name changed to protect identity.
Hearty soups and stews … eggs and porridge for breakfast … lunchboxes packed with sandwiches and fruit – kids need extra helpings in winter to keep warm and fight colds and flu.
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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.
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