our CHILDREN ARE OUR
GREATEST TREASURE

(nelson mandela)

what we do

St. Joseph Child and Youth Care Center provides a safe environment for up to 30 children. Most of our protégés have been assaulted, neglected or abandoned. Some carry HIV in their blood, most of them suffer from severe trauma in their short lives. Therefore, we have defined four major sectors in our work.

LOVING OUR CHILDREN

In St. Joseph we give the children our deep love and a safe environment. They grow up in a caring community in order to live their life in dignity.

providing medical care

Our children suffer from extensive trauma, neglection and HIV. We provide medical and psychological care to keep all of them as healthy as possible.

educating for life

Education is the key to a better future. We teach our children christian morals and values and enable them to attend good schools to learn for life.

building a network

We want to help our children every step of the way. To do that, we build a network of people involved in our work. It’s what you do that defines you!

where we work

KwaZulu-Natal is one of the poorest provinces in South Africa. The rural area of Mbongolwane lies right in the heart of that province.
More than 50% of South Africans have less than 1,50€ per day

South Africa remains one of the most inequal countries worldwide. While a small middle- and upper class is growing, more than half of the population lives under the poverty line of 25 Rand (1,40 Euros) a day. One in five South Africans doesn’t know where his next meal will come from. One of the poorest provinces is KwaZulu-Natal. St. Joseph Child and Youth Care Centre is situated in the heart of that province. The Mbongolwane area is facing a lot of problems. A high unemployment rate and poor living conditions lead to a high rate of violence, alcoholism and drug abuse. HIV is also a big issue within the community. More than half of the women between 30 and 39 years are currently living with the virus. In St. Joseph, several of the children are HIV positive.

  • A poor nation

    More than half of South Africans live under the poverty line of R25 - or €1,40 - per day

  • Destitute youth

    61% of the poor in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) are youngsters under the age of 25 years

  • HIV kills

    25% of KZN adults carry HIV. Among 30- to 40-year-old women, this jumps to 56%

  • Limited Access

    21% of KZN households have no access to electricity, 13% can't access fresh water

our children

Real children. Real stories. Real opportunities to help these kids to live up to their potentials. Get to know them!
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BUILDER

TWO STRONG HANDS BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR HIS COUNTRY

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DREAMER

A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS OF HOW TO CHANGE SOUTH AFRICA STEP BY STEP

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CLOWN

A SOURCE OF LAUGHTER AND GOOD VIBRATIONS FOR EVERYONE

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VISIONARY

A TRUE LEADER WITH DEEP INTELLECTUAL THINKING AND VISIONARY IDEAS

We are a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) in South Africa

NEWS FROM ST. JOSEPH

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