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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

Our Mission

To ensure that every child feels secure, loved and cared for,
and that with this foundation,
overcomes the trauma they have experienced and develops normally.

Our aim at Ethelbert is to always care and never harm,
to embrace and never reject, and to always love.

Ethelbert Child & Youth Care Centre is a place of safety that cares for up to 65 children that have been removed from their parents because of sexual and/or physical abuse, neglect, abandonment, and those orphaned because of HIV/Aids. We have been caring for, and loving the children of South Africa since our inception in 1907.

Ethelbert is not an orphanage: the majority of the children placed with us have parents and our ultimate goal is to see the children happily reunited with their parents who have been rehabilitated. All cases are cleared by the courts first and thus we work in conjunction with the Department of Social Development to ensure that these children are placed back with their families, if at all possible.

Ethelberts main priority is to break the cycle of abuse, by providing children with a stable and loving environment, counselling and therapeutic support, which helps them overcome the terror and abuse they have suffered, so that they can regain their self-respect and their confidence to achieve their dreams. Our child-orientated programmes, dedicated residential social workers and childcare workers help traumatised children to develop positive life-skills in a secure environment.

At the same time our Social Workers work with the families, providing therapy and counselling to them to ensure that they also receive support to overcome the reasons why their child was removed from their care.


Look out for the launch of our new project called 'Sponsor A Child'

You can make a sustainable difference in a disadvantaged child's life from just R100 per month by making an easy, tax deductible monthly donation to Ethelbert Child and Youth Care Centre.

Once you have selected the child you would like to sponsor, you can correspond with and will receive correspondence from the child. You can also visit regularly as arranged with Management.

Please contact us for further details
(031) 464 6555

Cheryl Rundle
031 464 6555