Christmas Shutdown Message

Please join in

Because, even though they’ve lived through abuse, neglect and fear … and know only too well that the monsters under the bed are real … somewhere deep inside, every one of the children at our Centre still believes in magic.

And never more so than now, at Christmas time.

There’s something about the story of the baby in the manger … the angels singing … and the Christmas star shining bright to guide the shepherds to the newborn king … that fills us all with hope and excitement.

The message of Christmas – peace and goodwill towards all men – reminds us that, no matter how bad things get, the world is still full of good people.

People like you! Please will you join in now, and choose a star to leave under the Christmas tree, or beside a child’s bed on Christmas morning? You have the power to keep the joy and magic alive in a child’s life.

Your gift of R250, made online right now, provides a special Christmas meal, with sweets, treats, paper hats and crackers to pull. R200 pays for a small toy under the Christmas tree. R300 provides new clothes and R350 covers school stationery needs for the new year. Any amount you can spare makes a difference and is so gratefully appreciated.

Even after the fun and excitement of the season is over, your kindness lingers on.

Recently, we received a thank you letter from a teenage girl who’ll be leaving our care soon. One sentence really stood out. She wrote: “Staying at a children’s home is not a mistake; it’s God’s plan. Donations made to the home mean that we get food and clothes that we are not used to.”

While other children want expensive toys and gadgets for Christmas, she is so grateful just to have enough to eat and clothes to wear. And it’s caring people like you who make this possible.

Please help us give them the gift of a happy, carefree childhood.

And may the Christmas Star shine down brightly on you and your loved ones … filling your lives with all the joy and love and laughter you give to others.

The magic of Christmas lives on because kindness, generosity and caring for others is something we all feel deep within our hearts.

Let the magic of Christmas touch a child who, in the past, has been afraid to believe. Your caring really does change everything.

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 2018, South Africa was home to 19.7 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

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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