• 6 Riverside Terrace, Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
  • +27 21 790 5616
  • info@jameshouse.org.za

Who We Are

James House is a Public Benefit, Non-Profit Organisation serving as a catalyst for the transformation of the lives of at-risk children, their families and communities.  We are a team of passionate change-makers dedicated to the well-being of children in South Africa

What We Do

James House has been working tirelessly for 27 years defining best-practice models for the care of children and youth at-risk.  Upon invitation from our funders we’re now using what we’ve learnt to build capacities in other organisations in the Western Cape – caring for thousands of children.

Where We Work

Hout Bay, situated at the foot of Table Mountain, Cape Town, is a village of great beauty and huge social disparities.  It is here where we pilot best-practice child and youth care programmes for replication throughout the Western Cape Province of South Africa

Our Solutions

At James House it’s about developing capacities to address the real needs of children and youth in a community.  Our programmes provide layers of care across the full continuum of development, from infants to young adults including critical systemic factors that affect a child’s development into maturity.


Isibindi is accredited by the National Association of Child Care Workers as a community-based childcare programme providing on-the-ground interventions for at-risk children and their families.  The programme provides holistic support to ensure the child’s well-being.


BEST – Building Emotionally Stable Teens - is focussed on providing support for adolescents with difficult to manage behaviour.  The six-month long programme works with the boys, their families, teachers and significant others in creating alternative behaviour management models.


Providing short-term residential interventions for boys and girls requiring specialised clinical support to assist them in dealing with their traumas and resultant bad behaviour.  Run by a dedicated professional team, children and their families are assisted to move forward constructively to a healthy home.


Starting with a rite-of-passage camp, youth are challenged to take ownership of their destinies, populate a map for life with milestone goals, and embark on a journey that will make their dreams a reality.  In a youth-friendly environment, youngsters are helped to transition to interdependent living.

Child and Youth Development

James House seeks to define best-practice NGO involvement in a community – focussed on child and youth development.  In all we do we want to empower future adults to become the best they can be.  We get involved in the current available resources that influence a child’s development in a specific community, harnessing them for the well-being of the child’s development.