This should never happen ... but it does

Of all the cases of child abuse we hear about, the ones that sadden us the most are those where the abuser is the child’s mother. She’s the one person – above all others – that a child should be able to run to for comfort, reassurance and unconditional love. Not someone to be terrified of.

We still don’t know exactly what Jacob’s mother did to him. He was completely traumatized and unable to talk about his experience when he first came to us. We do know that he has a visible scar, caused by a rope around his neck. We believe his mother tried to strangle him.

If it wasn’t for the quick-thinking action of his school principal, Jacob could well be dead by now. She suspected he was being physically abused by his mother and called Child Welfare. The authorities investigated and the young boy was taken away from his mom and ultimately placed in our care.

He is receiving counselling from our social worker and has begun his journey to healing. But it is a long, slow process to recover from being hurt by your own mother.

Jacob has a long way to go. And, with support from friends like you, we’ll be beside him every step of the way. Together, we can help heal the hurt, and fan the small spark of hope into trust and belief in a brighter future.

Please will you speak up against child abuse during National Child Protection Week, which starts on 29 May?

Sadly, many South African children need protection against violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation. And it’s up to us ‘big people’ to step in and help.

If you suspect that a child is being abused, call the national toll-free number 0800 428 428 to speak to a social worker. Or call Childline on 0800 055 555.

And then, turn your words into action by making a donation to help children like Jacob. We have 74 boys and girls currently in our care. Most of them need therapy, counselling or help with schoolwork. All need food, shelter, clothing and an education.

Any amount you can donate now – however large or small – will be truly appreciated and will make a difference to a child like Jacob. So please, will you help us to love and care for them as they deserve?

Child Protection Week

Help us keep children safe from harm.

Say ‘no’ to child abuse.

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.

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