No child should have to suffer fear and pain at the hands of those who are supposed to love and protect them.

Hear the words, ‘domestic violence’, and you think of women being hurt or even killed by their partners. Child victims don’t usually spring to mind.

But when frustrated adults lash out at each other, little ones caught in the middle suffer. Violence in the home is a traumatic ordeal for the children. Especially when the abuser turns on them.

Little Marci (not her real name) is only three years old and small for her age. She and her two older sisters – aged 8 and 9 – could only try to hide and cling to each other for comfort when the punches started flying.

Can you image the terror they felt … knowing that the swinging fists were coming their way? And the feelings of shame and worthlessness when insults were screamed in their faces.

Thank goodness they are safe here with us now.

Through support from friends like you, we were able to offer the three little girls a safe and loving home where they could be together. And – with the resilience of children – they are already starting to blossom.

For the first time in years, they can just enjoy being children again … without fear of being harmed.

Marci started pre-school this year, and absolutely loves it. She had never been to school before, and it’s like a wonderland of play and discovery for her. Her sisters have been enrolled at a local primary school. Despite their ordeal, they are friendly, intelligent little girls who love reading and making new friends.

But three additional children to bring up comes with added costs. And, with 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 Marci with a generous monthly contribution?R100 per month covers clothing, shoes and school uniforms for one child. R170 per month covers a child’s school fees and R850 pays for food for a month.Smaller gifts help with toiletries, medicines, masks and sanitizer.Any amount, donated online now, will be most gratefully received. Every rand is precious because, added together, they make all the difference to an abused, neglected or abandoned child’s future.So please will you join in and make your donation right now?
Stop child abuse

Children arouse our protective instincts … and so they should.

Please support our efforts to keep children safe and happy.

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

Two brothers

Interview with Mandy Goble – Director Durban Child & Youth Care Centre

The following article appeared in Child & Youth Care Work, the National Association of Child Care Workers Magazine, Volume 38 recently. CYCW: Mandy, …
SERR Synergy volunteers

Volunteers return at last!

Yay for Level 1 Lockdown, which has finally allowed us to welcome volunteers to our home again. We’ve missed you and your wonderful …

Restrictions eased

With the consistent decline in new Covid-19 cases and government’s decision to move from Lockdown level 3 to level 1, we are happy …
Mandy Goble

Message from Mandy

Happy New Year! May 2021 be a blessed and better year for us all. Without a doubt 2020 was a difficult and challenging …
Christmas spoils

Thank you for making Christmas special

We would like to thank everyone who spoilt our children over the festive period. From toys in bright wrappings to new clothes … …
Chris Dranias

Thank you, Chris

Although Chris Dranias didn’t manage to break the powerlifting record last Saturday, he did manage to raise a record breaking R42 290.00 for …

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