Lha depends on the goodwill of volunteers and monetary and material donations for it to provide essential rehabilitation resources to the exiled Tibetan community. Lha is a non-profit organization solely dependent on monetary contributions from philanthropic corporations and generous individuals. In India, even a little goes a long way, and a lot goes very far!

Account Name: Lha Charitable Trust
Account Number: 2517000101008335
Bank Name: The Punjab National Bank
Branch: Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, H.P

Payable to: Lha Charitable Trust
Lha Office Temple Road, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, 176219
Distt Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

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Professor Samdhong Rinpoche gave a talk on "Buddhism and Non-violence" to Lha Student Exchange group from Mexico on December 16, 2013 at Ahimsa house.

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Lha's HIV/AIDS Awareness Talk

On 16th May 2014, the Lha Charitable Trust conducted an awareness talk on HIV/AIDS for the adult students of the Lha language classes. More than 40 students participated in the... read more

Lha's 13th Clean Water Project

Lha has successfully installed its 13th Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purification System as a part of its Clean Water Project on 13th May at Government College of Teachers Education in... read more

Lha's 12th Clean Water Project

Lha has successfully installed its 12th Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purification System as a part of its Clean Water Project on 6th May 2014 at Dawa Rinjue School Society, Herbertpu... read more

Lha's 11th Clean Water Project

Lha has successfully installed its 11th Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purification System as a part of its Clean Water Project on 6th May 2014 at Sambhota Tibetan School in Paonta... read more

Lha's 10th Clean Water Project

Lha has successfully installed its 10th Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purification system under its Clean Water Project. The RO system was installed at the Central School for Tibetans (CST) at Puruwala... read more

Lha's Clothing Distribution Proje…

On January 8, 2014 Lha delivered items of clothing through Dharamshala Rotary Club to Red Cross Society of Kangra District. The clothing was donated during 2013 by various members of... read more

Lha's Student Group from Mexico

The final student exchange group to visit Lha this year was a group of 21 students and teachers from the Instituto Tecnologico de Estudiios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico. The group... read more

Lha's 9th Clean Water Project

On the 27th of November 2013 Lha Charitable trust has been able to install its 9th water filtration system at the Central School for Tibetans (CST) in Dalhousie at the... read more

Lha clean water project survey re…

BackgroundClean drinking water is an essential part in maintaining quality health among any population. Dharamsala's lack of filtered drinking water is significantly contributing to a rise in health problems in... read more

French student exchange group

On October 8, Lha was pleased to organize yet another student group for its Cultural Exchange program. The group consist of 17 student accompanied by 4 teachers from Lycee de... read more

Tulane Student Exchange Group Sep…

On 9th September 2013, a group of 13 social work students from Tulane University School from New Orleans, USA, led by Dr. Ron Marks (Dean) and Dr. Carolyn Weaver, arrived... read more

Student exchange groups in July 2…

During July, Lha hosted three student groups, one from Rustic Pathways Inn and the other two from Lifeworks International. The Rustic Pathway group participated in the mutual learning program from... read more

Lha’s First Student Exchange Grou…

Lha's first cultural exchange student group of the year was from Tulane University in New Orleans, USA. The group, consisting of 12 students led by Mr. Michael Smith, arrived on... read more

Lha organized a creativity worksh…

On Wednesday, June 12, Lha organized a creativity workshop at Gangkyi Petoen Day School taught by Lha's student exchange group from Tulane University in New Orleans, USA. More than 100... read more

Survey Report on Lha Community So…

On July 6th, 2011, Lha opened its Community Soup Kitchen in its new building, Ahimsa House. This became the first soup kitchen in Dharamsala that serves low-cost and nutritious meals... read more

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Lha’s 6th and 7th clean water pro…

Nearly twelve hundred Tibetan refugees provided with Safe Drinking water in the past ten days. Lha staff and volunteers recently returned from spending the weekend on 4th May 2013 in... read more

Lha's 15th and 16th Massage Cours…

Lha understands the growing number of unemployment challenges in our community. That is why one of our prime objectives is to give vocational training to local people so that they... read more

Lha Clean Water Project Update

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Exchange student group from Mexic…

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Lha is a non-profit, non-governmental, grassroots social work organization located in Dharamsala, India. Lha was founded in 1997 and in 2005 was registered as a non-profit and charitable trust in Himachal Pradesh. Every year we submit our income statements to the Indian Income-Tax Department and undergo an audit. The following are our financial statements from 2005 to 2011 fiscal years, which have already been reviewed. Following the financial statements are graphical representations of some of the key aspects we would like to highlight.

Lha's commitment is to help the Tibetan people survive and prosper in their new home of Dharamsala and to preserve their profoundly unique culture. The means to which we have been able to accomplish these goals has changed over the years. In 2005, as a young organization, Lha had few assets. Lha has steadily grown since then, and now occupies two buildings, which house our classes, soup kitchen, social services and volunteer and exchange student group accommodations. In 2005 Lha had seven full time employees, which has since expanded to nine. The notable increase in wage expenses between 2009 and 2011 reflects the decision to provide a livable wage to the Tibetan employees.

Lha took on the responsibility to pay rent for the operations building during the 2009 financial year, after the purchasing of the new Ahimsa House building, and becoming more financially stable. Since 2005 we have slowly been accumulating assets for the language classes, computer courses and social services which function out of the building, such as computers for our offices and classes, and books and teaching resources for the community libraries.

In 2007 Lha began the process of acquiring a four story building, the Ahimsa House, to house a community soup kitchen and volunteer accommodation. In May 2011 Lha used the remaining funds from the corpus receipt and capital fund to make the final payment on the Ahimsa House. This will be reflected in the financial statement for the 2012 financial year. We began working on the community soup kitchen project in 2010 and officially opened it in 2011. Since 2007 Lha has also purchased many furnishings and appliances for the volunteer accommodations. The donations from Exchange students and volunteers staying in Lha’s accommodations have also created a new source of income for Lha. In the future, Lha hopes that the donations raised from visitors in these accommodations, in conjunction with cultural exchanges and visitors services, will create a stable and sustainable financial foundation for the organization.

The Annual Report, written by Lha’s Director, Ngawang Rabgyal, sets out the aims of the organization, the year’s developments and the latest financial position. It also illustrates the diversity of the social programs provided, and the numbers of students who have benefited from these services. These achievements could not have been reached without the generosity of the volunteers and the dedication of the students and Lha’s employees.

Lha’s primary goal is to provide meaningful social services, such as free education, computer skills courses, vocational training, health and environmental education and service, volunteer coordination, cultural exchanges, free books, medicine and clothing distribution. The services of Lha are open to Tibetan refugees as well as the local Indian population and people from the Himalayan regions.
Thank you so much for making my stay in McLeod Ganj a memorable one. I think Lha does an excellent job creating a community within the volunteers and then integrating them into the local community. -2011 Volunteer
The best part of my volunteer experience was getting to know the girls we tutored! They were really, really wonderful. One girl, Tsewang, even went out of her way to introduce us to Tibetan culture by showing us music videos and feeding us tsampa. – Lisa
Lha has the most stable classes of all the educational facilities in Dharamsala. It is only closed for four days during the Tibetan new year, otherwise, we can attend even in the winter time when for some it is school holidays. Without these great people – the staff members, sponsors, volunteers and other any supporters, how would we Lha students gain these opportunities? I am highly appreciative, and, once again, I thank you for all of your work and your devotion to your goals. -Dolker Choedon, 2008
My assigned partner was very eager to learn and hopes to join her brother in America one day. With that goal in mind, I’m sure she would appreciate more students in the future helping her improve her English – Kelly, USA
My partner has definitely benefited from this experience. He was very open about his life and story and he was very interested in learning about English words including other languages as well. I highly recommend him as a good learning partner. -Andrew N, USA

Contact Magazine:
Recognized by Lonely Planet and other international travel resources, Contact Magazine: has been a popular source for Tibetan issues and community information in Dharamsala for over 14 years. It is one of the longest running Tibetan publications in the area and provides local residents and international visitors with news and resources relevant to the Dharamsala community. For more information, go to www.contactmagazine.net

Tibet Nature:
Tibet Nature is a website in the Tibetan language which provides information on current environmental issues within Tibet to the Tibetan population across the globe. For more information, go to www.tibetnature.net

Lha Blog:
Lha’s blog is the place to go for recent news from Lha and its volunteers. At least once a month, a volunteer posts about his/her time with Lha and feedback for the organization. Reading these testimonials is a great way to gain insight into what volunteering with Lha is like if you’re unsure but interested in volunteering. For more information, go to blog.lhasocialwork.org