More About Us


  • We trace our roots back to Miss Mary Elizabeth Cook in 1886.
  • Today, we are the product of an amalgamation of the Hilltops home, Mary Cook and Mildred Ward, who in 1991 became The Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home
  • We are currently situated at 45 Teak Road, in Woodlands, Pietermaritzburg.


  • We have 100% black recipients as defined by the BBBEE Act and offer you a chance to score BEE points with any donations in cash or kind.
  • We are section 18(A) registered and thus your company can benefit from SARS while donating to a worthy cause!


  • We provide a home for children who are orphaned and vulnerable as well as children who are infected and affected by/ with HIV & AIDS.
  • PCH accommodates children between the ages of 5 and 20 with the children being allowed to remain with us up until the age of 21 should they be completing their grade 12.
  • Our current demographics include 69 African children from numerous areas surrounding the Midlands, Durban and the Port Shepstone regions. This number constantly changes as children come and go according to their needs and best interests.


  • At P.C.H we provide residential care, management and treatment to children who have been removed from their homes and placed in our care by recognized legal procedures.
  • We offer individual counselling and reconstruction services are rendered by our social worker as part of the programme.
  • The Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home also offers a life skills and educational program, career guidance training, recreational and spiritual activities.


  • We operate on a 24 hour basis.
  • The Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home operates on a “cottage system”
  • This system consists of 4 units with enough space to accommodate 20 children
  • Each of these units has a member of staff on duty at all time.


  • The Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home have recently identified several priority areas to be addressed in terms of meeting the minimum norms and standards as set out in the regulations of the new Children’s Act. In order to align our organization to these regulations and ensure that our facility is meeting the basic requirements as stipulated by the Department, various upgrades and renovations are required.
  • We have utilized some of their funds to begin with the upgrades however additional funding is needed to meet many other needs.