A gift in your Will could have an impact that will last for generations.
“A legacy gift means that your love lives on in the lives of the people we serve around the world – including children, mothers, and men and women who live in inhuman conditions. After working in Africa for over 20 years I have seen with my own eyes how such a gift has the power to transform lives. It humanises our world.”
Irish Jesuits International Director, John K. Guiney SJ
Building A Brighter Future
As the Swahili phrase elimu ni ufunguo wa uhuru na maendeleo (education is the key to freedom and development) says, providing children – and adults – with access to education and training gives them the tools to escape poverty and build a brighter future.
Maban, South Sudan is home to more than 160,000 refugees – mostly women and children – who are spread across four refugee camps: Doro, Batil, Kaya and Gendrassa. Young women in the camps are training to be teachers, in a college which is run by the Jesuit Refugee Service.
One of these women is Basamat Alnoor Jakolo, a 23-year-old in Kaya Refugee Camp who has lived in Maban since fleeing the Blue Nile region of Sudan in 2011. She has graduated from the JRS teacher training programme and is now employed as a teacher in the camp.
She is proud of what she has achieved in this harsh environment, saying “Now that I am a teacher, I am respected by everybody in the community.” Her job also allows her to earn money for her family, who are also refugees in the camp. Basamat’s teaching skills are badly needed in Maban, giving children who have missed out on schooling the opportunity to finish their education so she is helping to build better lives for the next generation.
Funding from our donors makes training like Basamat’s possible. A gift in your Will could change the life of someone living in a refugee camp, and leave a lasting legacy in the world.
Types Of Legacy Gift
A legacy gift is a wonderful way to give thanks for a life of privilege that is unknown to most of the world’s population, especially refugees. It is a gift that leaves a lasting positive impression on a world in which many people suffer unjustly.
In Wills, you can make three different types of gift – specific, pecuniary and residuary. These three types of gift are described below:
• Specific – A specific bequest is a gift of a particular item, or group of items of property.
• Pecuniary – A pecuniary gift is simply a gift of money.
• Residuary – A residuary gift is a gift of what is left of your estate, known as the residuary estate or residue, after payment of debts, expenses and deduction of gifts you have made, if any, of a specific or pecuniary nature as described above, after you die.
A legacy can be made in favour of all the work carried out by the Irish Jesuits International, or in favour a specific project.
Add A Codicil To An Existing Will
If you already have your Will completed, a codicil gives you an opportunity to make relatively small alterations to it without the need to draft a completely new Will. The process of making a codicil is subject to the same formal requirements as for a Will.
If you would like more information about specific projects or to discuss leaving Irish Jesuits International a bequest in your Will, please contact our Legacy Team. Call John Guiney SJ or Emer Kerrigan on 01 836 6509.