"Tell me a story"

All children love stories. But for a little boy like Zak*, there is a special comfort and reassurance in stories about Super Heroes rescuing people in trouble, and fantasy worlds where good always triumphs over evil.

Because, Zak was born into a family where deprivation, pain and violence are the order of the day. He so badly needs to believe that there are grown ups he can depend on for safety and comfort.

He also needs to hear the stories of his roots … where he belongs in the world and the beliefs and traditions of his people.

That’s why we want to create a library at Saunders House during Heritage Month. A warm and happy place where children can spend time discovering the joy of books, reading and learning.

But we can’t do it without help from our generous friends and supporters. If you care about children who’ve been let down and hurt by those they should have been able to trust, please consider making a donation now to help make this dream a reality.

Apart from books for all ages, we need bookshelves, tables and chairs for both the little ones and youth, bean bags and carpets to make this a comfortable, safe place for children to explore the magic of books and stories. Your contribution of any amount given online now will make you part of a resource that will endure for years and touch hundreds of young lives. So please be as generous as your heart wants you to be. *Name changed to protect identity.
Children's books

Help open the door to a world of fantasy and learning.

Please donate towards a new library at the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre.

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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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

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 …

Thank you Glen Parent Youth Group

A big thank you to Glen Parent Youth Group for all that they have done for us over the last two weeks. This …

Another great Mandela week – thanks to you!

Grateful thanks to everyone who volunteered, visited or donated to help make Mandela Week 2019 unforgettable! We started the week with the Gogos …

Message from the Director

Over the past few months the DCYCC has been a hive of activity. It has been an incredibly busy time with much happening. …

NACCW 22nd Biennial and 4th CYC-Net World Conference

From 2-4 July, 2019, the National Executive Committee of the South African National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) and the Board of …

Going for Gold

At the end of June, 12 of our young people attended a 4-night camp hosted by the Presidents Award. The theme for the …

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