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 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 arrived in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala on December 11 to spend three weeks exploring the Tibetan refugee community and the local culture here in Dharamshala. They participated in a programme of activities organised by Lha.

On December 16, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, the former Prime Minister of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) gave a talk on Buddhism and non-violence at Ahimsa house. Rinpoche introduced the Four Noble Truth and the basics of meditation. Rinpoche also answered many questions from the group.

On December 28, in her address to the group, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang of the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR), CTA, introduced the various departments and their functions. Kalon Chhoyang also talked about the current situation in Tibet.

Miss Kalden Tsomo of the Human Rights Desk, DIIR, briefed the group about the human rights situation in Tibet after which Mr Tenpa Gyaltsen of the Environment Desk, DIIR, talked about the importance of Tibet's water and glacier resources and the exploitation of the natural resources after the Chinese occupation. He also stressed the negative consequences of the nomad relocation currently happening in Tibet.
The students met prominent intellectuals and leaders of the Tibetan organisations in Dharamshala during a casual group interaction, including the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Mr Penpa Tsering and several members of the parliament.

Our group from Mexico volunteered in different non-government organisations during their three-week stay, giving them the opportunity to make a contribution while learning more about Tibetan issues and the struggle for freedom.

At their farewell dinner, the students shared their experiences. Many of them said that they learned much from everyone they met during this culture exchange program.

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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.