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.

At three years old, the world is a big and frightening place

You feel safer holding a big person’s hand – especially in strange surroundings. You’re scared of the dark. And you don’t like being left on your own.

You trust adults to know what’s best … to look after you and provide everything you need.

Unless you’ve already learned not to.

Andile* came to us as a three year old. No one was looking after her. Can you believe that? A three year old left  all alone – often without food. She was anxious and underweight. And scared of everything.

But, thanks to support from friends like you, we were able to rebuild her trust and give her back what every child should be able to count on – a carefree, happy childhood.


Lots of hugs, gentle words of encouragement, and the feeling of being safe helped restore Andile’s confidence. She was amazed to get three good meals a day … clothes and shoes to wear … a bed to sleep in, with soft pillows and cosy blankets … medicine to make her feel better … and the chance to go to school.

But of course, all this costs money. And when you multiply these necessities by the 74 children in our care right now, you’ll understand why we have to turn to caring supporters like you again.

Please will you Sponsor a Child like Andile right now with a generous donation?

R700 covers the monthly food bill for one child. R500 helps towards school fees and clothing.

Smaller gifts pay for cough remedy, Savlon and plasters. Monthly gifts of any amount are the most useful of all.

Every cent we receive is precious; added together, these contributions make all the difference to a neglected, abused or abandoned child’s future. So please, will you join in and make your donation online now?

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.

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

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 …

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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