Back to school next week – help!

Our children are keen to get back to school after the holidays. And we want to give them every encouragement to succeed. But we’re still short of money to pay school fees and buy new uniforms and mountains of stationery. Your help – in the form of a generous donation – would be such a blessing right now.

Donations received over the Christmas period have gone a long way towards preparing our kids for the new school year. We were over the moon when a local company donated all the school shoes we need.

But, just as we thought we were all set, some new children were placed at our Centre. And they arrived with nothing but some worn t-shirts, pants and hoodies.

We’ve spent the first weeks of January doing assessments, so that the children can be placed in the most suitable schools. And only now that they have been accepted at various local schools, can we begin the task of shopping for uniforms, books and stationery.

Please will you help by making your special ‘back to school’ donation now?

As little as R100 helps buy pens, pencils and crayons for one of the smaller kids. R260 pays for a school backpack. And R550 buys two school dresses. Any amount you can spare will be a great help.

And if you make your donation now before the end of February, you can claim part of it back from the tax man!

All donations to the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre are tax deductible in terms of Section 18A. Claim your certificate now and save on your tax if you’re a South African tax payer.

Back to school

Help us leap into the new school year – with your contribution towards school fees, uniforms and bags – as well as all the pens and pencils, crayons, rulers, maths sets, exercise books, glue, scissors and files we need.


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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