Before they came to us, Pearl and Nate basically lived on bread and water

On a good day, there might be some jam to spread on the bread. Not only was their dad struggling to make ends meet, the electricity had been cut off, making it impossible to cook proper meals.

Sadly their mom is out of the picture. So, while their father works on getting back on his feet, the children have been placed with us.

Pearl and her big brother arrived here with nothing but the clothes they were wearing. They were undernourished. And although he’s old enough, Nate had never been to school. Not only was there no money for school uniforms and taxi fare, he was needed at home to look after his little sister while their dad was out working.

Now, at last, he has a chance to learn his numbers and letters … how to read and write and work out sums. Best of all, he doesn’t have to worry about Pearl. Because he knows she’s being well cared for while he’s at school.

Thanks to caring people like you.

Your support helps us provide plenty of good, nutritious food to help children like this grow up strong and healthy.

But now that winter’s well and truly here, all the children need to start the day with extra helpings of steaming porridge … sandwiches, oranges and bananas in lunchboxes … and nourishing soups and stews with rice and potatoes for supper.

If you’ve been shopping recently, you’ll know how grocery prices have shot up. Not to mention the cost of clothing and fuel for transport.

So, you’ll understand how grateful we are for a little help from others. People like you, who understand how easy it is for desperate parents to fall through the cracks … and how just a little kindness and a helping hand makes all the difference.

If you’ll make your donation right now online, you’ll help us stock up on basic foodstuffs that help children grow – porridge oats and maize meal … milk, eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and rice.

You probably have many of these items in your grocery cupboard and fridge. More than enough for your own family. But imagine catering for a ‘family’ of 74 growing children!

It takes a huge amount of money to pay the grocery bill each week. That’s why any amount you can contribute now is so greatly appreciated. So please, for the sake of little ones like Nate and Pearl, may we count on your help now?

hot meal

This is all they ask … a nourishing plate of food tonight to ward off the cold and help them grow strong.

Can you help?

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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