From orphan to caregiver

2017-04-04 06:02
Russel and Precious Chili run The White House, caring for disabled children and adults.               Photo: supplied

Russel and Precious Chili run The White House, caring for disabled children and adults. Photo: supplied

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ORPHANED at only three months Russel Chili’s start in life was humble.

He was taken in by his aunt who provided him with all the necessities, enabling him to become a successful adult.

Today at the age of 35 he gives back with his own NPO, a children’s home called The White House.

Chili said he opened the home because children deserve a chance at a good life.

He always imagined what his life would have been like if it wasn’t for his aunt.

He said that in 2003 he took in the first child, Bonginkosi Madlala, as his parents and his blind grandmother had died and there was nobody to care for him.

By 2004 he took in four more children and by 2006 he extended his home with four additional rooms as he took in more children.

Chili shortly registered his home as an NPO called Sithembakuye Children’s Home, and with his wife Precious, they named the home, the White House.

When Fever asked Chili why he chose that name, he said that in America the White House is the best house one could live in, and that’s what his house is.

The White House Community Centre was registered in July 2015 as a new NPO.

The Chili family have taken in disabled children, mostly suffering from cerebral palsy. Often, they come from homes without parents or with elderly or an impoverished family unable to care for them.

Old and bedridden patients are also taken in, and for this need Chili built a new section on his land to accommodate them, separate from the younger children.

He does receive minimal financial assistance, however, his monthly costs are never ending.

When asked how they manage with so many expenses, he says it’s all in God’s hands.

To find out more or to help The White House, contact Russel on 081 316 9682.

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