On #GivingTuesdayNow

Today, May 5, 2020 is #GivingTuesdayNow, a day that brings together people from around the world to support organizations they love in this critical time where nonprofits are struggling due to COVID-19.  The International Student House of DC (ISH) is that organization for you and me, and your financial support will help ISH welcome students from around the world for decades to come.


“My experience at ISH made me realize that if you have the support of enough people, you can easily feel like home no matter where you are.”

I come from a small village in west India and had to struggle a lot before I made it to the United States.  This was the first time I travelled outside of my country, so I was worried  that I might not belong. ISH welcomed me and helped me do things I had never imagined.  
When I reached the House on August 9th, 2017, I made friends the very first night in the dining hall and was ready to explore the city.  Washington felt like home immediately only because I had enough support at ISH - support from my fellow residents, Board members, and alumni. Every time I would miss home, ISH staff and my fellow residents would help me plan fun opportunities for my housemates - yoga classes, Bollywood nights, and surprise birthday parties.
I am just one of thousands of students whose lives have changed because of my experience at International Student House.  As we join people around the world in #GivingTuesdayNow, I am asking you to please give generously to ISH during these unprecedented times so the House can continue to be a home for many generations of future students.

I am going to work in London soon and it would not have been possible if I was not at ISH. Why? Because it helped me prepare for my interviews, applications, and journeys along the way. It has impacted me so much that I have decided to continue to stay in the community of International Student House, but this time in London. I am sure  it will be another wonderful experience and will leave another long lasting impact on my life.
Thank you for your support now, during this critical time and always,
Raghu, 2017-19



Join people all around the world TODAY, May 5, 2020 and share why you give to ISH

Tag us in #GivingTuesdayNow @ISHDC1825 on Instagram and @ishwashingtondc on Facebook and Twitter.

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Help us raise $25,000 by May 31 so ISH can continue our work through the time of COVID-19 and look toward the future.

Become a sustaining donor by giving $20 a month (or more), or donate $250 (or more) and receive a limited edition ISH history book, "The International Student House Washington, DC: An Unforgettable Experience in International Living"


Stay tuned for more messages and stories from residents and alumni!


Rempee is a graduate student from the United States at American University studying computer and data science. Rempee, a current resident, calls ISH home during this time of physical distancing.

Did you miss our alumna Jasmine's letter that she wrote following her return to Australia?  You can find it linked in the photo above.


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1825 R Street NW
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(202) 232-4007


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