WILLS Week: Your Legacy Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

SOS Children’s Villages has a Bequest Programme where the bequeaths leave a legacy and include a bequest to SOS Children’s Villages in the WILL.

17-20 September 2020 is National Wills Week. During this important week, South Africans are reminded of the importance of leaving a Will.

Attorneys across the country are offering their services to members of the public to put in place a basic Will drafted by them, free of charge. This is an opportunity that all South Africans should take advantage of, SOS Children’s Villages also informs the public that they can leave part of their Will to vulnerable and orphaned children.

When one makes a Will, they express their wishes for what will happen to the people they care about after they are gone. But that Will could make a wish come true for a child who has never had the kind of care that ordinary South Africans provide to their own loved ones. SOS Children’s Villages National Legacy Officer Rashilla Francis, encourages people to consider leaving a Will and including a donation to vulnerable children.

SOS Children’s Villages offers loving, family-like care for children and young people who have lost or are at risk of losing the care of their families. Instead of growing up on the streets or in a cold institution, an orphaned or abandoned child could be given a mother of his own, a family and a comfortable home – complete with a garden to play in – at an SOS Children’s Village.

Established in 1984, SOS has eight Children’s Villages across the provinces, supporting more than 700 children. In these villages, the children are provided with a family, healthcare, education, and all that they need to become contributing members of society.

This is the warm-hearted legacy that South Africans could leave behind simply by including a bequest to SOS Children’s Villages in their Will.

“This generosity can make the world of difference to a child. Every child deserves a loving home, this is a fundamental principle on which SOS Children’s Villages was founded and it remains a basic principle in our work today. Many of us wish we could do so much more for the less fortunate among us. But our incomes are limited and most of us must choose carefully when we are deciding whom to give to and how much to give,” says Rashilla Francis.

After providing for loved ones, there are several ways South Africans can leave a gift to charity in their Will:

Residual Gift

After all loved ones have been looked after and debts paid, one can leave a percentage of the remaining estate.

Specific Gift

Leave a fixed sum of money, household contents or pieces of furniture.




About SOS Children’s Villages South Africa

SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental organisation that advocates for the rights of South Africa’s most marginalised children. We offer loving, family-like care for children and young people who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care. Established in 1984, SOS has eight Children’s Villages and three Social Centres across eight provinces.

Each year our Alternative Care, Family Strengthening and Youth Employability programmes provide life-changing support to children and families across the country.

The Alternative Care model comprises of four principles that include a mother (each child has a caring parent), brothers and sisters (the family ties grow naturally), a house (a secure place to grow up in) and a village (the SOS family is part of the community).

Our Family Strengthening Programme aims to enable children who are at risk of losing the care of their families to grow within a safe family environment. We work in co-operation with local authorities and other service providers to empower families and communities to effectively protect and care for their children.