Revised Lockdown Regulations Level 3

Following the President’s announcement of movement from lockdown level 3 to adjusted level 4 lockdown, please kindly take note of our restrictions in response to  level 4:

  • The centre will remain closed to the public – no site visits and no Volunteer Programme.
  • Donations in kind will only be accepted under specific Covid-19 protocols. To comply with regulations and avoid physical contact, such donations can be placed in the designated box at the gate on 222 Lena Ahrens Road, Glenwood only. Please include your name and contact number or email with your donation, so that we can thank you for your donation. Drop offs can take place from Monday to Friday between 08h00 and 12h00.

"A Dad is big and strong, and he can fix anything"

All kids need a loving, nurturing father they can look up to and learn from. Someone they can always depend on to keep them safe from harm.

But what if a child doesn’t have a dad?  Or he’s the opposite of protective and nurturing … abusing or neglecting his child instead?

Up until four years ago, Myron lived quite happily with his mom and dad in a little one room house. But then his mother died and his father turned to drink. When he was under the influence he became abusive, and the little boy was frightened of him.

He went to live with his grandmother nearby. But this caused problems, as his dad frequently turned up drunk and got into violent arguments with her. Often, she kept Myron home with her instead of sending him to school.

Eventually he was placed at our Home – and for the first time in years, he feels safe and loved. He has excellent ‘moms’ and ‘dads’ he can look up to here … people who care about his welfare. He now goes to school every day with his friends – and he’s doing really well.

Best of all – he has a whole lot of caring ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’ … people just like you … who help make sure he has everything he needs to enjoy a carefree, happy childhood, and the chance to grow into a well adjusted, successful young man.

Please will you join this loving, caring circle now, and help us help children like Myron?

Sunday 30 May marks the start of Child Protection Week in South Africa. It’s a reminder that children need and deserve protection from harm – and keeping them safe and well is everybody’s business.

Please play your part:

  • Speak up if you suspect a child is being ill treated or neglected.
  • Teach children that it’s not okay for other children or adults to touch them inappropriately, and that they can say “No” or “I don’t like that” or “Don’t touch me” when someone makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • Treat children with respect – listen to them and acknowledge the value of their feelings and ideas.
  • Help children thrive by supporting families in need.
  • Create places where children feel safe to live, play and learn.
  • Support organisations like the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre, which is dedicated to protecting children.

Get behind Child Protection Week and make it count by making your donation online now.

Your contributions are tax deductible in terms of Section 18A. So the more you give, the more you can save on tax this year.

Remember, there’s NO EXCUSE for CHILD ABUSE.

Challenging all dads to commemorate Child Protection Week and Father’s Day by reaching out to less fortunate children through a donation to the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre

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.

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