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Response to COVID-19 Threat

The Durban Child & Youth Care Centre has implemented urgent and drastic measures to protect the children in our care, and the employees who provide them with 24 hour care.

Winter warmth doesn't have to cost a fortune

For just R297, you can wrap one of our children in a cosy jersey, beanie and slippers. Plus a mask (because Covid-19 is still with us) and a hearty plate of hot, nutritious food.

Please will you provide this special winter warmth ‘pack’ – by donating R297 online now – and help keep a child warm and safe this winter?

When lockdown began, it was still summer. Then the days got shorter, and the temperature dropped. We’ve added blankets to the children’s beds and swopped caps for beanies.

But, if you have children of your own, you’ll also have noticed how they’ve shot up over these past few months. Our kids are the same. It’s like they’ve all grown 10cm during lockdown!

So, on top of the extra costs involved with keeping our Home Coronavirus free, the children now need new winter clothes to keep them warm through the chilly days and weeks ahead.

All children should be warm, well fed and protected against Covid-19. Please will you play your part by donating towards these basic needs today?

Needs of children

Every child needs food, clothing, education, shelter, medical care and love.

We give the love, but we need your help to pay for everything else.

Please help us raise these kids the way they deserve. Thank you!

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:

0
million orphans
0
million dependent
on grants
0
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.

Volunteer

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

Maintenance

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

Special announcement – Extraordinary response to COVID-19 threat

At this time when our President has announced a National State of Disaster in respect of COVID-19 the management of the Durban Child …
Outsourced catering

Ensuring compliance by outsourcing catering

During April 2019 the Department of Social Development asked all Child and Youth Care Centre’s in KZN to a meeting. Meeting the health …

Renovation projects 2019/2020

We have been fortunate in this financial year to have received support towards some of our most pressing renovation projects. Special thank you …

Farewell as one of our children returns home

There were mixed emotions as children and staff gathered to bid one our children farewell as she returns to her family after many …

Message from the Director

During one of our Monday morning team meetings I shared a reading on the power of patience; “For you have need of steadfast …
Back to school

Back to school support

We would like to thank all our friends and supporters who opened their hearts and hands to our children. Our children were ready …

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