I've named IRC in my estate because they are taking direct action to alleviate suffering in areas where it is easy to lose hope in humanity. My parents grew up in China during World War II and fled both a civil war and the Japanese occupation. As a young man, my father lived in cardboard shacks as a refugee in Hong Kong. Even though I don't know the people whose images I see today on news reports about wars and conflicts, they are not anonymous to me. I know they are somebody's loved one.
I like IRC because they share my commitment to understanding world issues and helping those in need. They grasp big picture complexities, yet their work is very personal. I've found the IRC staff to be exceptionally committed, bright and passionate. Conversations with them always give me the sense that we are partners. My relationship with IRC not only benefits others, it enriches my own experience as a human being.
My gift to IRC is a way for me to express gratitude for the life I've been given—one free from hunger, danger and ignorance. As IRC works toward stabilizing areas in strife, I hope that others may also have the opportunity, as I have had, to express the full potential of their talents and life paths.