Uh oh ... our pantry's looking a bit bare!

If you’re a parent or grandparent, you may have already bought some Easter eggs, and hidden them away in a cupboard ready for Easter Sunday.

But here at the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre,
we need to fill our grocery cupboard with real food.

Not quite as exciting maybe. But much, much more important when it comes to ensuring our children get all the protein, vitamins and minerals they need to grow up strong and healthy.

And right now, our cupboard looks a bit like Old Mother Hubbard’s!

If you have kids at home, you know how quickly a jar of peanut butter or jam gets finished. It barely lasts a week! Now imagine you have 74 children to feed every day …

Growing kids get hungry – and they need plenty of good food to make sure they have all the energy they need to run and skip and shine at school.

Please help us keep our grocery cupboard stocked with essentials, by making your donation online now.

Your gift of R270 could buy 5l of cooking oil. R240 would give every child a serving of spaghetti or macaroni. R150 provides a box of cornflakes and a 1kg tub of peanut butter. R550 covers the cost of one 25kg bag of brown sugar (we need of four of them). Smaller amounts buy packets of tea or tins of tuna … every donation is sincerely appreciated. And means so much to our children, many of whom have known what it’s like to go hungry in the past.

Please don’t think that they’ll miss out completely on sweet treats this Easter. Thanks to a generous corporate sponsor, we have plenty of chocolate eggs and bunnies for our children to ‘find’ on Easter morning.

But when the fun is over, your gift of ‘normal’ food will still be there … helping to provide healthy meals for weeks to come. Thank you for caring about children who’ve been let down in the past – and helping to give them what they need most … plenty of good, healthy food. Your kindness means everything.
Empty grocery cupboard

Sweet treats are delicious. But what our kids need every day is real food – porridge and cereal for breakfast … peanut butter spread on school sarmies … mac ‘n cheese for supper …

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

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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