About US

About Us

The children in the home come from poor backgrounds where the adults are unemployed and/or addicted to alcohol and/or drugs and the rate of physical, emotional and sexual abuse are very high.

The children often suffer from malnutrition, have been neglected, suffered from emotional trauma and are under developed. The children are placed in our care through the Children's court, as they were found to be living in circumstances that were detrimental to their physical, emotional and psychological well-being.
 The Development and Skills Program was developed to address these problems.

 We cater for all the children’s Physical, Developmental and Emotional needs. When children are placed at the SA Children’s Home, an Independent Developmental Plan and a Long term Care Plan is developed for each child. The Care Plan contains the reasons for the child being in care and the plan for how long this child may need to remain with us.

The Independent Developmental Plan is an assessment of the children’s development in the areas of Mastery, Belonging, Independence and Generosity.

A therapeutic program is then developed for each child according to their individual needs.

This may include the following:

  • Play Therapy
  • Animal Assisted Therapy
  • Individual counselling
  • Group counselling or a referral to professional services such as a Psychologist, Psychiatrist or Occupational Therapist.





Celebrating the month of Love in style

Love was in the air this February as our children celebrated Valentine’s Day in style!

read more
SA Children's Home

The Home is currently at its full capacity and with the hard work and persistence of our Social Worker, 13 children were quickly placed in local schools and 3 seniors have received their first ID’s and bank cards; and 1 senior has passed her Learners Lice

read more
Mandela Day: How you can help SACH

Many people have contacted us to ask how they can help SA Children’s Home on Mandela Day this year. Well, it’s very simple: Imagine caring for a family of 44…. that’s us!

read more

Months down the line, we’ve all had plenty to say about the COVID-19 pandemic and its unfolding impacts on our lives. But, we’ve barely heard the voices of children.

read more


1. Residential care -
We take care of all the children’s day to day needs by making sure  they are provided with a safe environment, 3 balanced meals a day and numerous extramural activities to ensure the best interest of the child.  We have eight  childcare workers to assist.                        

2.  Education -
Our children are enrolled in 15 different schools according to the child’s home language, culture and intellectual ability.  To keep all children functioning at their optimum academic level, we provide them with all the equipment needed to support their educational growth.  Our focus are specifically geared on teenagers.

3.  Therapeutic services -
Children are provided with full psycho-social support while in the care of SA Children’s  Home to assist them to live normal lives. The Therapeutic program aims to develop the child’s coping skills whilst they are in the residential program in order to capacitate and empower them we do that by means of  Individual Therapy, Animal Assisted therapy, Play Therapy and Music Therapy.  For this purpose we employed a full time Social Worker.

4.  Family Reunification -

Services are rendered to the children’s  families of origin/ primary care givers in the communities so that children can be placed back in the communities where they come from. We believe that children belong in the community.

5.  Transitional/ Independent Living –  
The purpose of the project is to enable children who have grown up in residential care, move into young adulthood with a more positive sense of self, healthier relationships and strengthened resilience. The focus is on assisting with tertiary education and work possibilities to ensure that they become financially independent and self reliant.

This project is focussed on supporting them as they transition out of institutional care and back into their community – supporting them on their journey into adulthood.  Each child has its own budget according to their individual needs which includes: registration fees; transport costs; stationary; toiletries; food etc. They are also expected to contribute partially by getting weekend job.







  • The South African Children’s Home was the first welfare institution established in South Africa.
  •  Originally known as  “Orphan House” it was founded in 1808 by Mrs Moller, a widow.
  •  She was assisted in this task, by members of the Groote Kerk and the Evangelical Church, two of the oldest churches in South Africa. Today we still have some of these members on the Board.
  • In 1799 Mrs Moller was successful in obtaining premises in Long Street , Cape Town opposite the swimming pools in which to house the orphanage.  That is how  “Orphan Street” got its name.
  • The SA Children’s Home was officially inaugurated in 1815. Before the time Mrs Moller obtained funds from several governors; civil society and individuals to support her work. These partnerships carried us through and has been strengthened through the years.
  • In 1923 the orphanage moved to the suburb Gardens, Cape Town.
  •  Forty five years later a modern Children’s Home was erected on the same site. This is where the Children’s Home still is today at 3 Ivanhoe Street, Gardens.
  • More than  200 years after being established  the Children’s Home continues its care of vulnerable children.
  • The aim is to provide a secure, friendly, homely environment for the  boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 18 years, drawn from a variety of different communities in the City of Cape Town District.


SA Children’s Home guarantees that all money donated to us will benefit the children in our care.

In order to make a donation at your bank or with an EFT, please make use of the details below:

SA Children’s Home/ SA Kinderhuis
Account Number: 360183823
Branch Code: 312109
Swift code ABSA ZAJJ

Please supply full particulars for the issue of official receipts. Please specify initials, surname, address and payment process: electronic or direct deposit or transfer.





















E-mail: sakinderhuis@telkomsa.net    
Website: www.sakinderhuis.org  
Tel: (021) 423-1328 / Fax: (021) 422-4129

Shampoo (for ethnic hair); nail
clippers, cotton wool; disposable
shavers for girls and boys; face wash
for teenagers; tissues

Children’s Needs:
My Citi Cards & Mover points (used
for travelling to and from school)

Children’s clothes:
Boys and girl’s underwear (6-18 years)
Girls and boys’ socks (6-18 years)
Girls and boys school shoes
(black lace-ups)
Girls and boys track shoes
Tracksuit pants for boys
(ages: 6-18)
School socks (grey & white)
(girls & boys)
Junior and senior boys casual clothes

Flip files 50 page
usb sticks

Food for school lunch packs:
Small pack raisins; peanuts; energy
bars; small fruit juices

Household needs:
Non-perishable food for holiday food
parcels such as canned meat; canned
beans; pilchards; coffee; sugar; oats;
jam; rice, pasta, long life milk,
crockery, household cleaning

For our transitional programme
6 kettles, single bed linen; toaster;
2 plate stoves; small microwave; pots
& pans and cutlery; Clothes for job