Help our children feel clean and fresh every day

Instilling good personal hygiene habits is an important part of what we teach here at the Durban Child and Youth Care Centre. Because, not only is it important for children’s health, it’s also a huge confidence booster.

Imagine turning up for school without having washed … and being bullied because you smell bad.

Many of our little ones know only too well the humiliation of this, because they were badly neglected before being placed with us. Some lived on the streets, or in tumble down shacks without running water or bathroom facilities. Some never even owned a toothbrush before coming to us!

Now, they have access to hot showers and baths, fresh smelling soap and shampoo, facecloths, toothbrushes and toothpaste. And for the older children, roll-on deodorant, body lotion and sanitary pads.

And it all costs a huge amount! If you’ve been shopping recently, you’ll know how prices have shot up. Just replacing 74 toothbrushes adds up to over R1 000 … and that’s buying the cheapest, no name brands.

Please will you help? Your donation of R150 buys a ‘care pack’ of soap, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and Vaseline for one child. R200 buys enough soap for one week. R599 pays for a new roll-on for every one of the older children. Any amount you can spare makes a difference and will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for helping our children learn these valuable habits of self care and good personal hygiene.

Your caring and concern is always so encouraging.

Your donation of any amount will be put towards much needed toiletries to keep our children clean, healthy and confident.

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 2018, South Africa was home to 19.7 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

After more than 20 years of providing an in-patient treatment response to children addicted to substances, the Durban Child and Youth Care Centre has had no option but to close the Siyakhula Rehabilitation Centre.
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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

Carrington Primary School Cares

Carrington Primary School reaches out to our children

Educators and learners from Carrington Primary School with their amazing donation of clothing for our children. Imagine our surprise when the principal of …
angel paws

Doggy visitors make our day

On Saturday 18 June, we welcomed some very special visitors to our Home from the non-profit group, Angel Paws. Two therapy dogs and …
Youth Day

Youth Day celebrations

Youth Day, on 16 June, saw our young people participating in a special programme in our Hall. They took turns in performing individually …
Flood Relief

Giving back to the community, thanks to the Hollywood Bets Foundation

As a registered Child and Youth Care Centre, we are accustomed to being on the receiving end of charity. So it was a …
Nokhanyo graduates from university

Broken crayons can still colour

An uplifting story from one of our ‘old girls’, Nokhanyo, pictured above on the day she graduated with her Master’s degree in Population …
Human capacit for burden

Message from the Director – Mandy Goble

How does one even begin to comment on all that has happened over the past few months? The devastating flood of April will …

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