Your gift can give a young person a life changing opportunity.
“Wow, what can I say, from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you very much. You have not only helped me but my whole community back home.”
Mr Melvin Obadha, Kenya
MSc Global Health annd Development, University College London
Melvin’s plans for his community:
I’m interested in using mobile phone applications to improve healthcare access. In Kenya, people in rural areas live far away from public health facilities. To make matters worse, they have to pay for healthcare at the point of access, unlike the NHS which is free. Only 36% of Kenyan households have access to electricity. But the most amazing fact is that 86% of households own a mobile phone. So, to bring healthcare closer to the people, I thought about using free mobile phone applications like Skype, Facebook video chat and Google hangouts to enable patients have consultations with doctors in urban areas. To do this, I needed the education, skills and networks outside my home country but could not afford it. The scholarship has enabled me to live at International Students House and study a Masters in Global Health and Development at UCL.
When I go back to Kenya, I first intend to start small by using a pilot study of about 250 people to roll out a service that will use unstructured supplementary service data (USSD), SMS, and Voice SMS that will provide free medical consultation to rural residents in Western Kenya. Users will be able to use USSD codes e.g *123# to seek medical help from volunteer general practitioners in Kenya’s capital Nairobi free of charge. But they will still have to buy the medication prescribed. Users will follow prompts on the menu to navigate through health information on common ailments like colds and can request a GP to call back for more detailed medical advice. More complicated cases will be referred to a public health facility where they will have to pay. Illiterate users will get a direct toll free number to call and will receive health tips via Voice SMS which they can listen to.
In the midterm, I intend to use the networks formed at the International Students House, UCL and London to scale up the project to include urban slum residents and other features like mobile phone health insurance, video phone applications for those with internet and smart phones, health savings and loan products. This will not only provide a free service but also help users save and pay for medication and transport to a public health facility where they are required to pay. In the long-term, I hope to convince the Kenyan government to take up the service and use it in their mainstream healthcare delivery strategy. Convincing a government not only needs evidence, but friends who hold positions of authority worldwide. This is where I will tap into the ISH and UCL alumni network to help.
Hear from some of our scholarship students.
Leaving a gift to ISH in your Will means we can offer more students like these the chance of a lifetime – more scholarships, more bursaries for students in need.
You can choose to give to the
ISH Scholarship Fund
Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund
Student Activities such as the Travel Club, Events, Learn to Lead programme
Unrestricted gift to International Students House
This is how you can do it…
Legacies are one of the easiest and most flexible ways of making a gift to ISH. There are a number of ways in which you can remember us but we would highly recommend that you seek the advice of your solicitor before you proceed.
If you already have a Will and would like to add a gift to International Students House, a codicil is a supplement to an existing Will that makes some amendments but leaves the rest of the Will intact. It is important not to write any alterations on your existing Will as it could become invalid.
Below are definitions of types of bequests and suggested ways in which to express your wish in your Will or your Codicil. Please discuss these with your solicitor before you proceed.
Residuary Gift = A gift of a share or a percentage of your estate after allowing for expenses.
The advantage of a residuary bequest is that it maintains its real value, regardless of inflation.
Suggested wording for a Codicil.
I give a __________% share of my residuary estate free from Inheritance Tax to International Students House (Registered Charity Number 313512), 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN, for its general charitable purposes, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer, or duly authorised officer, shall be a valid and appropriate form of discharge of my Executors/Trustees.
Pecuniary Gift = A gift of a fixed sum of money.
Whilst this is very welcome, the disadvantage of such a gift is that inflation means that the value of the gift may reduce over the years.
Suggested wording for a Codicil.
I give the sum of (in figures and words) £__________________________________ free from Inheritance Tax to International Students House (Registered Charity Number 313512), 229 Great Portland Street, London, W1W 5PN, for its general charitable purposes, and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer, or duly authorised officer, shall be a valid and appropriate form of discharge of my Executors/Trustees.
Reversionary Gift = This allows you to leave your estate to your dependents while they are living, but after they pass away it will revert to ISH.
If you have bequest a legacy to International Students House we would be very grateful if you would let us know by completing this legacy pledge form (link)
Please note that this pledge is not legally binding and does not commit you to leaving a legacy to ISH. It is simply a statement of your intent at this time and any information you provide is confidential.
To download the form please click here: ISH Goats Legacy Pledge Form_Jan 2016