Virtual Quiz Night

Join us for a Virtual Quiz Night

Virtual Quiz Night

With social distancing still the norm for most people, our usual Mandela Day projects are off the cards.

Instead, you’re invited to join us for 67 minutes of fun and trivia in your own home as we host a Virtual Quiz Night on Wednesday 14 July at 6pm.

Entry costs just R67 per household – and you are welcome to add a small donation to your entry fee if you would like to.


All the funds raised from this event will go towards our Winter Campaign for the children. So please join us – we’d love to ‘see’ you there.

SERR Synergy volunteers

Volunteers return at last!

SERR Synergy volunteers

Yay for Level 1 Lockdown, which has finally allowed us to welcome volunteers to our home again. We’ve missed you and your wonderful help!

Among the first to pitch up was the team from SERR Synergy. Through their Attitude of Gratitude project, we were awarded a generous R50 000 cash donation and support with prepping our veggie garden and painting our jungle gyms with wood base treatment.

It has been a really long time since we’ve had anyone on our property to help us with general maintenance work. Thank you to the team from SERR Synergy for their incredible support. Your efforts are truly appreciated by our little ones!

Jungle Gym gets a new lease on life


Restrictions eased


With the consistent decline in new Covid-19 cases and government’s decision to move from Lockdown level 3 to level 1, we are happy to announce that donations in kind will now be accepted at our Home.

Please drop off items at our reception – 222 Lena Ahrens Road, Glenwood, Monday to Friday, between 08:00 and 15:30.

We are also gratefully accepting donations of meals again. While pre-packed meals are preferred, cooked meals are also appreciated. All meals donated will follow the proper protocols in terms of drop off and distribution, details of which will be made available to you when you confirm your donation.

Our Volunteer Programme will also be re-instated. Strict Covid-19 protocols will be followed. Please contact our Child and Youth Care Manager, Ntombenhle Mkhwanazi, on 031 2011301 or email info@dch.org.za  for more details.

Whilst we have relaxed restrictions in respect of the Volunteer Programme, we are cognisant of the need to minimise the risk of infection and as such the Centre will still remain closed to the public.

Mandy Goble

Message from Mandy

Mandy Goble

Happy New Year! May 2021 be a blessed and better year for us all.

Without a doubt 2020 was a difficult and challenging year. We embraced the 1st of January 2020 with happiness and optimism for the year ahead. None of us could have anticipated the year that it turned out to be. We are eternally grateful and blessed that our Heavenly Father kept us safe in His arms and saw us through.

Before we officially turn the page on 2020, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that stepped forward and helped us at a time when it was most difficult to do so. Your commitment and support gave us courage, and hope for the future.

To all those individuals who continued to give whatever they could afford every month, despite the challenges, thank you.

To all those corporates that gave even though their CSI budgets were compromised, thank you.

To all the social upliftment clubs, churches and other religious groups that gave when they didn’t have much for their own needs, thank you.

To all those Trust and Foundations that relaxed their strict funding criteria to assist with the impact of Covid-19, thank you.

To all those who donated PPE’s and non-perishable food items to ensure that our children and staff were safe and fed during lockdown, thank you.

I can’t begin to express how grateful we are for the meaningful donor relations we’ve developed over the years. Amid the unprecedented challenges caused by Covid-19, we saw the value of those wonderful partnerships. You have undoubtedly been our heroes! Every contribution received, big or small, made a significant difference. “Thank you” are two of the simplest words. But they carry an immense amount of gratitude and love for all that you have done for us.

As we embark on this new year, we remain committed to our mission and purpose, to serve and protect the vulnerable children and youth who have been placed in our care. We set our sights on driving positive change for these little ones.

During 2021, we will continue to work towards our goal: To promote a sense of physical and emotional well-being, through a safe and therapeutic environment, for children who are at risk because of neglect, abuse and orphan-hood.

I echo the sentiments of Thokozani Radebe, our President, who wrote in an extract from her report in our Audited Financial Statements, “I am confident that we will face this year with the same fortitude and faith that has become an integral part of the fibre that has sustained this organisation over the past 115 years”.


Christmas spoils

Thank you for making Christmas special

Christmas spoils

We would like to thank everyone who spoilt our children over the festive period.
From toys in bright wrappings to new clothes … new goodies for school and special treats to eat – you made it an absolutely magical time for our children, and we greatly appreciate your kindness.

Special thanks to Derivco, who pledged to collect 1 500 bags of food and much needed supplies for charities across the country. Through the generosity and help of Spar Riverside and Checkers, they succeeded – and we were fortunate to be one of the charities they chose to bless with their generosity.

Derivco donation

Thank you also to @WeAreDurban for the wonderful donation of food buckets for our children, and to Mr & Mrs Govender who donated lunch boxes, juices bottles and other wishlist items.

Lastly, thank you to all who made donations of cash which will be a huge help in enabling us to start the new year off on the right foot.

2020 was an interesting year to say the least! The amount of support we received was absolutely amazing and we could not be more grateful. But if the first few weeks of January 2021 are anything to go by, this year looks set to be equally challenging. So please consider choosing the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre as your favourite charity, and pledging to continue supporting us in the months ahead.

Thank you for loving our children just as much as we do, and helping to ensure that they have every opportunity to enjoy a safe, carefree, secure and happy childhood.

May you enjoy a safe and prosperous 2021.

Chris Dranias power lifter

All power to Chris

On 5 December, Durban strong man, Chris Dranias, will attempt to break South Africa’s 30 year old powerlifting, deadlift record, held by Gerrit Badenhorst – when he attempts to lift a massive 405 kg!

Get down to CrossFit Shumba at 11a Glen Anil Street at 10 am to witness this spectacle. Entrance fee is a donation of any amount, with all proceeds going towards the cost of caring for our children.

Through this initiative Chris has also arranged for us:

  • A supply of Future Life Cereal and Energy Bars for all our children
  • Non-perishable food items – rice, chicken spice, aromat and salt.
  • 20 kgs of Chicken Nuggets, Drumettes and Burger Patties
  • Cash donations to the total amount of R27 300

Thank you Chris! You not only have the biggest muscles, you have the biggest heart – we are behind you all the way as you tackle this weight lifting challenge!


Chris Dranias power lifter

New pyjamas bring happiness

We were fortunate enough to receive a wonderful donation of new pyjamas from three lovely ladies based in Durban North.

For the past 8 years these guardian angels have been sewing pyjamas for underprivileged kids, and we are so grateful to have such kind and generous people helping our children. Thank you!