Let down by their parents. And then let down by the government. Who actually cares about abused, orphaned, neglected and abandoned little ones?

We do! And we are doing our best to provide a safe and supportive home, clothing, adequate nutrition, an education, love and encouragement.

But we are not getting the support we need from the Government. Child care subsidies have not been increased in four years. Yet the price of everything – from food to transport – has sky rocketed.

We can complain about deficiencies in the system. Or we can roll up our sleeves and make plans to protect the precious little souls in our care.

But we can’t do it all on our own. We have to ask others to help. People like you, who care about little ones growing up in a children’s home.

Because, ultimately, we are all one big family … the people of South Africa. And it’s up to each one of us to make sure we don’t let a single child fall through the cracks.

Please will you help make up the shortfall between the monthly Government subsidy and the actual cost of providing for a child?

If you can give just R30 monthly, it will buy two loaves of bread. Up your gift to R50 per month and we can add a litre of milk as well. Or donate R80 monthly for a 1kg tub of peanut butter – full of healthy nutrition to spread on bread.

Any amount you can spare makes a difference. Especially if you encourage friends and family to join in too.

Because if we all give just a little, we can make sure these children get everything they need to grow into healthy, happy and successful young adults.

Feed a child

Your caring makes a world of difference to a little one at our Home.

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!

Sponsor a child

Sponsor a child

Contribute towards the cost of caring for one child, with a regular monthly donation towards food, clothing, education and medical bills.

What's happening at our home

friendship day

It’s all about friendship

Our Annual Friendship Day took place on Saturday, 28 October. This year’s theme was, “Friends are like Diamonds, Bright and Beautiful”. It’s important …

Buckets of Love

Imagine going home for the school holidays and not having food to eat! Many of our children are from underprivileged homes, where good, …
Ironman 4 the kidz

Ironman 4 the Kidz

In July this year, the unimaginable happened! Our last remaining school bus was hijacked. Despite all our efforts, we were unable to recover …

Message from the Director – Mandy Goble

  Working in an organisation as old as ours has its pros and its cons. One of the pros is the history.  A …
From the people of Japan

The Big Makeover

Our Amaqhawe Care Centre and Khayelisha House were recently revamped and renovated internally and externally – all thanks to the incredible generosity and …
Heritage Day

Celebrating our diversity this Heritage Day

“My Culture, Your Culture, One Nation” was our theme for this year’s Heritage Day celebration. We focussed on teaching our children about cultural …

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