Do you have the will to change the future?
Anyone over the age of 50 has seen many changes during their lifetime. Major advances in medicine and technology have improved the way we live. Even those living in the poorest nations on Earth have seen change for the better.
In the past 40 years, life expectancy has risen from 46 to 64 in the developing world and the proportion of children dying before their fifth birthday has halved. In fact, in 2007 for the first time since records began, these child deaths fell below 10 million. Since the early 70s, access to water and sanitation has doubled and adult literacy has risen from 47 per cent to 73 per cent.
Progress has been made because of ordinary people who care enough to help others break free from the poverty cycle. Ordinary people like the compassionate New Zealanders who help to fund aid and development programmes, such as those run by ChildFund New Zealand, have made the difference.
To continue making a difference, New Zealanders, like John and Rosemarie of Nelson, have made a long-term commitment by including a bequest to ChildFund New Zealand in their will.
"The needs of our sponsored children and their community continue if we die, so we felt a bequest was the best way to ensure we could help those needs being met," says Rosemarie.
Programmes run by ChildFund enable communities to develop the skills, tools and knowledge to become self-sufficient.
One of the most powerful gifts for a child living in poverty is education. Skills once learnt will be with them for life, opening doors to new opportunities that help them support themselves and their families in the future. This is just one way in which your bequest can continue to make a long-term difference to children in need.
If your hope is that future generations will live free from the chains of poverty, that your children's children will see poverty eradicated, then consider including ChildFund New Zealand next time you update your will. Your gift will have a greater impact than you can imagine, on the lives of many children and their families.
When updating your will, discussing your wishes with your family and seeking professional advice from your lawyer or financial advisor are important. You can also talk to ChildFund New Zealand for suggestions on how to word your gift or bequest.
If you would like more information on how you can make a bequest to ChildFund in your will, and leave behind a gift that will make a world of difference to children struggling day-by-day just to survive, please call us (free) on 0800 223 850 or email email@example.com
If you would like to know more about ChildFund's programmes please visit www.childfund.org.nz
About ChildFund New Zealand
ChildFund New Zealand, a member of ChildFund International, is an international child development organisation that works in 54 countries, assisting 11.4 million children and family members regardless of race, creed or gender.