The Pietermaritzburg Children’s Home is the oldest Children’s Home in Pietermaritzburg with our roots traced back to Miss Mary Elizabeth Cook in 1886. Today, we are the product of an amalgamation of the Hilltops Children’s Home, Mary Cook Home and the Mildred Ward Project, which in 1991 became PCH.
We are situated at 45 Teak Road, Woodlands. PCH provides residential care, management and treatment for troubled, abused and neglected children who have been removed from their homes and placed in our care by recognized legal procedures. This child care service is on a 24 hour basis, and the Child Care Program provided at PCH is in line with Section 191 of the Children’s Act of 2005.
We also provide a home for children who are orphaned as well as children who are infected and affected by / with HIV & AIDS.
PCH accommodates children between the ages of 5 and 20 years, with the children being allowed to remain with us up until the age of 21 should they be completing their Matric/grade 12 (or post-Matric studies). Our maximum capacity is 70 children and we currently have 68 children with us. This number changes as children are placed and discharged according to their needs and best interests.