How You Can Help

If you would like to be a conduit for change there is no better place to start than here, at the very beginning of children’s lives.

Please join us as we lay the foundations for children to love learning and become everything for which they have the potential.

It costs almost R2 million a year to run the Philippi Children’s Centre – to pay our 23 staff and provide food and resources to our children. You can help in so many ways.

Both the Dept of Social Development and the Western Cape Education Dept recognise the value of the work done at the Centre and make grants. However, these are by no means sufficient to cover operating costs

Cash Donation

You can make a donation either for general use by the Centre or for a particular purpose, e.g. teacher training, specific equipment or for outings for the children. Please get in touch and we can tell you what are our current needs. Banking details are on Contact Us. Those outside South Africa can use Pay Pal if they prefer.

For South African businesses, a donation to the Centre can count towards your BBBEE (Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment) score card.

Donations in kind – see the list on the right hand side of the page which shows how local people can help.

Bus Fund

If children are unable to get to the Centre, we lose income from school fees and government grants. Very young children need a school bus in order to travel to the Centre, most parents do not have cars and there is little public transport. We heavily subsidise the children who rely on the bus every day (about half the school). The bus fund is used for this subsidy, for servicing and repairs as well as to build up a fund to replace the vehicle.

Bus Driver PCC    Bus PCC

Sponsored Children

Some of our brightest and most deserving children can find themselves in a position where their parents are unable to pay school fees – they become unemployed or ill for example. To sponsor a child for a year, including bus fares, costs R500 a month.

The Centre tries very hard to keep children in school but it is essential to charge these very small fees in order to be able to continue and help all the children registered.

Example: Melvyn and Denzyl were orphaned at 3 and 4 years of age when their mother died. Their grandmother took them in but was unable to find R500 a month for school fees and transport. A wonderful Dutch couple sponsors the boys so that they can have a really good start when they go to primary school.




The PCC kids just love the volunteers. And the volunteers fall in love with the children. Every year selfless young men and women from overseas choose to spend part of their gap year or vacation working at the Centre. Something they will never forget.

The children adore the extra attention and enthusiasm these dedicated people bring. For the staff, the extra hands are a great help. Mainly, the volunteers interact with the children, helping in the classroom and playground under supervision of teaching staff. English is the working language. They have also painted murals and signs, helped with the garden, taken part in the school concert. Never a dull moment. One young man helped the caretaker.

Volunteers come for any length of time from a couple of weeks to several months. Some return following years, often bringing their families with them. One of the world’s top ten tourist destinations, Cape Town has plenty to offer when not working at the Centre. Many make a stay at the Centre as part of a longer round-Africa trip. There are many companies that will organize a trip to South Africa, providing travelling, accommodation, insurance, etc. If you have difficulty finding one, the PCC office can put you in touch with something suitable.
Let us know if you are interested.



Here are a few things we need on a daily basis

Food - Dried & tinned


Children’s clothes
(Three months to six years)


Copy paper

Lunch Boxes

Satchels/School bags

Book cases

Classroom furniture

Soaps and
baby care products

Household cleaners


Toilet paper

Garden tools

Seed anf vegetable seedlings