It's not ok to live in a home where you feel scared

Imagine yourself at ten years old, being afraid to go home after school. Because home is the scariest place you know.

Loud, angry voices screaming and swearing when mom and dad fight. The sound of bottles smashing against the wall … and the sickening thud of a fist against flesh. And even though you are sick with fear, you have to be brave and strong to reassure your younger brother and sister, and keep them out of harm’s way.

This is no way for a child to live. Which is why Cassie and her younger siblings were placed in our care earlier this year.

But just because you no longer have to live with the violence and abuse doesn’t mean that it no longer affects you.

Cassie was afraid to sleep alone in her bed, and struggled to fall asleep every night. She was constantly anxious about her younger brother and sister … always on guard, ready to protect and nurture them. She wasn’t interested in making friends with the other kids here.

It was obvious Cassie needed professional help to overcome the trauma of her earlier life. She was diagnosed with childhood depression, and began weekly therapy sessions. She is learning how to express her fears and develop techniques to manage them. A big part of her recovery has been gaining the confidence to open up to our staff and tell them how she is feeling.

She has relinquished her role as protector of her siblings and has become more carefree. For the first time, she is able to enjoy the normal activities of a ten year old girl … make friends … and laugh and play with them.

We are so grateful to have this chance to help Cassie recover from her fear and anxiety. But she is not the only child here who needs professional assessments and special therapy in order to overcome trauma that happened in the past. And it’s expensive. R1195 per assessment to be exact!

If you’ve been to the doctor recently, you’ll know that 15 mins in the GPs room now costs over R500. Specialists charge much, much more.

Please will you consider making a donation towards the cost of professional psychological assessments for a child like Cassie?

For a child who has grown up with fear and violence, therapy is every bit as important as food or clothes to wear.

Because, unless we get to the root of deep seated emotional problems, these children will battle with mental health issues for the rest of their lives.

It is our duty to help them develop into positive, happy and independent young people. Please help us help them. Thank you.

No child should be afraid to go home after school. Please help us heal the hurt and help abused children recover from the unhappiness and fear of the past.

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.

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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.

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