The Emma Deprince fund is a non-profit organization that originated from the estate of Emma Deprince. She was born in Lier in 1884, and died almost 105 (!) years later in 1989. Her inheritance states the following:

β€œNa aftrek van alle de schulden zal gansch het overschot toekomen aan de Stad Lier op last van stichting eener fondatie, waarvan den intrest zal dienen voor bedeeling van kolen, kleedsel, eetwaren aan de noodwendige kinderen der stadsmeisjesschool van Lier en op last van te zorgen voor het onderhoud van mijn graf.”

If you couldn’t read that, no worries. That was old Dutch mixed with some local dialect! Loosely translated it means the following: Emma wished that her entire inheritance should go to funding the less fortunate children of an all girls school in the city of Lier (and we’re JCI Lier, see the link?). It was her wish that the fund should be managed by the city and the money should be spent on clothes, food and other essentials. At the time of her death the school didn’t exist any more, so the assignment was interpreted to aid all the children in need in the city.

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