You are my sunshine, my only sunshine You make me happy, when skies are grey

Thank you for bringing a ray of sunshine and hope into our Home through the long, dark and dreary days of Covid-19. Your kindness helped get us through lockdowns, disruptions in schooling, financial hardship and social isolation.

But, no matter how hard we try to remain upbeat and positive for the sake
of the children, we are concerned that the dark days are far from over.

That’s why I’m inviting you to join our Sunshine Campaign today, and continue
to light up the lives of our children and staff with the warmth of your caring.

Joining is easy. You can do it right now, right here. All you need to do is commit to a small monthly contribution – as little as R100 per month – towards our rainy day emergency fund. In return, you’ll receive a Sunshine band to remind you of the power you have to brighten a child’s day. You’ll also receive news highlights of what’s happening at the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre … and the sincere gratitude of everyone here.

We all know the importance of saving for a rainy day. But when funds are stretched to the limit, it’s just not possible. If we are hit by the anticipated third wave of Covid-19 … or some other completely unrelated emergency … we may not be able to cope. And yet, for the sake of the children, we MUST.

How do you tell a boy like Kyle that he no longer has a home at DCYCC? He has been let down so often in the past that we have only just begun earning his trust.

From the alcoholic mother who neglected him and left him to fend for himself, to an unsuccessful placement in foster care, Kyle never had a stable home. He missed so much schooling he had to repeat Grade 4 three times! But, since being admitted into our home in August last year, he’s managed to pass Grade 4 – even with all the challenges of Covid-19 – and he’s started Grade 5 this year.

Kyle … and every other one of the 74 boys and girls at DCYCC … deserves another chance of a happy childhood, and all the support they need to grow into happy, successful, young men and women. But, just as flowers need lots of sunshine to blossom and grow – so too do kids!

Please be our sunshine, by joining the campaign and making your contribution online now.

Your contributions are tax deductible in terms of Section 18A. So the more you give, the more you can save on tax this year. Come on Sunshine!

Click to hear a special message from our Director, Mandy Goble

Help us prepare for a rainy day … and keep children like Kyle safe and happy.

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

our programmes

Siyakhula treatment centre

This is a 12 week residential rehabilitation programme for youth (aged 11-17) who are addicted to substances. They develop new skills and attitudes to enable them to remain drug free.
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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.

What's happening at our home

School bus

Stolen school bus replaced – thanks to IQRAA Trust

When our school bus, donated to us in 2017 by the IQRAA Trust, was stolen from our property last October, we were devastated. …

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine …

We all know the importance of saving for a rainy day. But when funds are stretched to the limit, it’s just not possible. …
TC Electrical Team

You light up our hearts

Maintaining five buildings, four of which are over a hundred years old, is near impossible when you also have 74 children to take …
Pinnacle Human Capital Consultants

The Pinnacle of support

Most households will understand the importance of a tumble dryer, especially in winter when the sun just doesn’t have the power to get …

Look at our gardens grow!

Lindsay Hamilton and her friend Megan Howes, an independent garden designer, have made magic happen! When Lindsay offered to take on the landscaping …

Full steam ahead

These ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos tell their own story. At the top, brand new and modern flooring has just been installed at our …

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