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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Lha's 15th and 16th Massage Course

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 can start their own business and generate new job opportunities.

In April 2013, Lha once again initiated the 15th and 16th massage courses with the help of a certified massage therapist and instructor, Laurie Proscia.

With Laurie’s efforts and Lha’s initiative, we now proudly announce that we completed our 15th and 16th massage courses. We certified nine students in the 15th massage course.  They completed their 45-hour training programme in therapeutic, chair, and Swedish massage, as well as in bio-mechanics, exercises, and stretches. We also certified seven former and new students in the 16th advanced massage course.

Lha now has both male and female therapists offering a combination of Swedish and remedial massage using traditional Tibetan healing oils. Lha certified massage therapists now work in the community and are available to see new clients. For contact information for individual therapists or for more information on classes, contact the Lha office.

Why does Lha continue to give massage courses?  It is because we understand the importance of massage as a healing therapy that reduces muscle pain and stress. In addition, it promotes the connection of mind, body, and spirit for enhancing well-being and health. This is particularly important in today’s high-stress world.

Our volunteer massage instructor, Laurie Proscia, is a very kind, experienced, dedicated, and certified massage, neuromuscular, and fitness therapist. She studied massage at the Colorado Institute of Massage Therapy and has practiced massage for 11 years. She has B.S. in Kinesiology from San Jose State University and currently resides in Santa Cruz, California.

Lastly, Lha is thankful to everyone in the past, present and—hopefully—future who chooses to spend their valuable time giving lessons and promoting understanding about the situation in Tibet. We are deeply grateful. Special thanks to our massage course Instructor Ms. Laurie Proscia who was very dedicated and made possible these two training sessions.

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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.