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 6th and 7th clean water project

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 the Bir Tibetan settlement, located three hours away in the Dharamsala, where they were successful in installing our sixth drinking water filtration unit. It was placed at the Central Tibetan Administration's (CTA) Sambhota Tibet School in Bir/Chuatra. The unit was located adjacent to the kitchen which serves the three hundred and fifteen students who must board there because they live in such remote settlements. It takes five days travel from the school to their homes so they only get to make that trip to see their families about once every three years; the school is really their "home away from home". The forty-two staff members at the school, who are also served by the new pure drinking water unit, have expressed their heartfelt gratitude to all of our sponsors who made this wonderful gift of health for their students possible.

A week later, on Monday, May 14th, Lha successfully installed our seventh filtration unit in the Tibetan Children's Village (TCV) School at lower Dharamshala. Most of the seven hundred students and one hundred staff members also are from distant settlements and therefore live on the campus. These young students and their teachers will now have a safe water source as the monsoon season, and its accompanying outbreaks of water-borne disease, approaches

Lha is still reevaluating the locations of our last two funded filtration units which will soon be installed in a school or monastery. The need for safe drinking water is great in the Tibetan refugee community, and we want to make the best possible choices when deploying our finite resources. We plan to have these last two units installed before the monsoon season starts in earnest. With their installation, the initial Lha Safe Drinking Water Project will have been completed. It is our hope that we will be able to slowly expand the project as we move forward, as new critical sites are identified and as funding can be found. The filtration installations, which can process one hundred liters of pure drinking water per hour, and include a five hundred liter, stainless steel storage tank, cost $2350 (us) per unit. We continue to so.

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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.