Saunders House re-opens


Durban Child & Youth Care Centre

Pictured above: Tristan Kaatze (Trustee of Sibaya Community Trust), Mandy Goble (Director of DCYCC) and Grant Fincham (Treasurer of DCYCC) officially opening Saunders House. Inset: Members of Glenwood Rotary Club with the donated Jojo tanks.

Friday 31 May 2019 was a joyous day at DCYCC. Saunders House was officially re-opened after extensive renovations, much to the children’s excitement! The renovations have ensured that several of the safety requirements in terms of the Norms and Standards for Child and Youth Care Centres have been met.

At a time when many children in our country continue to suffer from the consequences of poverty and social ills within family structures, the need for centres such as ours remains crucial. Keeping our doors open is only made possible through the generous support of the community. We are extremely grateful to the substantial investment made by the Sibaya Community Trust, which has breathed new life into Saunders House, enabling us to meet the needs of hundreds of children for many years to come. We thank Sibaya Community Trust chairperson, Mr Vivian Reddy, and the trustees for having committed to undertaking this project.

Long-standing donor, Pro Print, is also acknowledged for providing funding for the installation of an electronic fire alarm and detection system, ensuring compliance with the National Buildings Regulations and Buildings Standards Act. The Glenwood Rotarians are also acknowledged for the donation of two Jojo tanks and the cost of installing them.

Having a newly renovated house, meant that we needed to equip it with all the necessary appliances and furniture to make it a real ‘home’ for our children. We would like to acknowledge a special and dear friend, Mrs. Yvette Roberts, for her wonderful contribution, which helped us purchase all the basic appliances needed.

Although operational, the home is still in need of further furniture and equipment. Should you wish to contribute towards this need, please contact us on tel. 031 201 1301 or email

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