"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.

Please donate towards the cost of feeding our children.

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

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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