What is your dream for the future?

Like many South Africans, you probably dream of a better future for our country.  An end to load shedding, a stable economy, an environment where there are more jobs and less crime … let’s face it, there’s a long list!

It was Nelson Mandela who said “Children are the most important asset in a country. For them to become that asset, they must receive education and love from parents.”

My dream, is that the Durban & Child Youth Care Centre stands strong and firm – regardless of what the country’s future holds – providing loving care for our neglected, abused and abandoned children for decades to come.

If your heart shares this dream, please consider using your Will to safeguard the future of our Home. It’s been around since 1905 and has served countless children in need over the past century. We know there will always be children who need our help.

Including the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre in your Will helps us realise our dream.

You may not know that it’s National Wills Week from 11-15 September. And you can get your Will drawn up free of charge by a qualified attorney. Knowing your affairs are in order brings peace of mind. But more than that, Wills Week offers you the chance to ask a professional how best to make provision for the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre.

Whether it’s a specific sum of money or item of value, you’ll make a profound difference in the lives of tomorrow’s children. Your legacy of hope and positive change will endure for generations to come.

If you decide to make this generous gesture, please let us know. We would be deeply grateful for the opportunity to express our thanks and discuss how you envision your contribution being used.

We may not be able to change the state of our country, but we can ensure its children are well cared for. This could be your legacy.


By including The Durban Child & Youth Care Centre in your Will – you safeguard the future of 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

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

” A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Countless little feet have walked up these, once carpeted, staircase over the years. Their journey of hope and new beginnings started right here! …

‘Piece the Puzzle Together’ event a wonderful success

The weather was beautiful, the teams were awesome, the atmosphere was perfect and energy levels were at their highest … so much fun, …

Youth Day Fun & Games

  Our Child & Youth Care Centre was abuzz with fun and games over the long weekend of 16-18 June, as we celebrated …

The “list” never ends …

What with the 18 new children who have to come to us since the beginning of the year, along with the 56 existing …

Mandela Day message from the Director – Mandy Goble

With July fast approaching, it’s fitting to pause and reflect on the invaluable contribution made by Nelson Mandela in raising the consciousness of …

The Victor Daitz Foundation – keeping the roof over our heads

We’re so excited, and we just cant hide it! After years of trying to secure the funding to undertake one of the biggest …

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