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 organized a creativity workshop at Petoen school

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 students, ranging from 1st to 5th grade, participated.

All of the art supplies were generously donated by Ms. Kate Neuschaefer of artsforthenations.org based in Colorado, USA. We are very grateful for her contribution and her support of Lha. We used about half of the kits that she donated and plan to use the remaining kits in future projects at the school. We will get even more students, including those at the boarding school and many other Tibetan refugee schools in India, involved in the next project.

All of the students and teachers were very excited, as this is a rare opportunity due to a general lack of supplies. Students can enjoy creative workshops like this.

Both the local and the exchange students very much enjoyed the workshop. We would love to continue organizing similar workshops, as we have seen the impact they have on the local students and as we have several university groups joining us at Lha for programs in the future.


Gangkyi Petoen Day School was established by the CTA's Department of Education as a model school for the implementation of the Basic Education Policy (BEP) for Tibetans in exile. The school aims to follow and practice the policy not only to fulfill teaching-learning purposes but also to provide a holistic education for the children. Petoen School puts a lot of emphasis on imparting the value of education and tradition. As stated in the BEP, teaching-learning up to Class III is done only in the mother tongue i.e. the Tibetan language. Teaching-learning of second language starts when a child is in Class IV.

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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.