Phineas Phiti is the generous-hearted man at the helm of Othandweni Family Care Centre. His priority is to offer nurturing residential care to orphaned and vulnerable children.
These children are disadvantaged in many, often devastating ways. They’ve witnessed sickness, death, abuse and poverty. But Phineas encourages the children to hope despite their hardships.
Phineas and his team provide the children with a safe home, a healthy diet, medical care, clothing and education. They take on a parental role – and try to lay a solid foundation for productive adult lives.
David Nhlapo is one of hundreds of children who have grown up under the fatherly eye of Phineas.
David was born in Soweto and was placed at Othandweni in 2002, at the age of 11. From the get-go, David was determined to make the most of his time at Othandweni. He participated in choir, debating, drama, poetry, gumboot dancing and soccer. He was sociable and positive; and was crowned Mr Spring in 2007 and 2009.
“I viewed living in Othandweni as an opportunity. Othandweni took on all the parental responsibilities of raising a child. That allowed me to just be a child. Life at the centre was easy,” David recalls.
David matriculated in 2008 and obtained his Bachelor of Law (LLB) in 2016. He opened his own practice, Nhlapo Attorneys, in 2019.
David is thankful to donors for giving him a happy childhood; and the opportunity to live a meaningful life.
“My life is an example of what your donations can do. You help raise children who want to contribute to society. Given my circumstances as a child, I could not have come this far without the help of Othandweni and donors. Your giving amounts to hope for future generations,” David says.
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