If you're struggling to keep your kids occupied at home during the Coronavirus outbreak – please spare a thought for us!

It’s tough on everyone. From business owners and those employed in the travel and hospitality industry, to health care workers who put their own health on the line every time they go into work.

But it’s also tough on our children – especially the youngest.

How do you explain to a three year old not to touch or hug another child? How do you tell a ten year old, who has been desperately looking forward to spending the holidays with his family, that the trip home has been cancelled and he has to stay here instead?

Please help make this time more bearable for the children … by making a donation online now.



Your contribution of R500, R250 or any amount will enable us to buy games, books, craft items and DVDs to keep the children occupied.

We also need extra food and hygiene products like soap and toilet paper – because we didn’t count on having a house full of children over the holidays!

We’re doing all we can to provide emotional support for those who are scared because they can’t go home to their families, and they are uncertain and anxious about getting sick.

But we need practical support from caring people like you to get us through the financial burden that the current restrictions bring.

Children's holiday activities

Keeping 74 children happy and occupied for weeks on end while schools are closed is a real challenge!

Your donation helps provide games, books, Easter treats, extra food and essentials like soap and toilet paper.

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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