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 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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Free Tibet – Learn Tibetan at Lha

Lobsang Damchoe has been teaching Tibetan at LHA for just under a year and his class has been a huge success. About 10 Tibetans attend religiously every day, others appearing when... read more

Spreading the Word in North Ameri…

Lha’s Director Ngawang Rabgyal has spent a month in the United States and Mexico where he made many new contacts as well as renewing old friendships. He met and paid tribute... read more

Strengthening Tibetan Civil Socie…

Two of Lha Charitable Trust's staff, Mr Lobsang Rabsel, Deputy Director and Miss Dorji Kyi, Programme Manager, attended a three-day conference Strengthening Tibetan Civil Society at Tarabling, Dehradun from April... read more

World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of... read more

Lha's First Project of 2016

On January 6, Lha Charitable Trust distributed 130 super high quality micro-fiber quilts with extra cotton cover to Jampaling Elder's Home and to 30 other needy people in the communities... read more

24th Clean Water Project at Bir T…

On 23rd December 2015, Lha Charitable Trust installed its 24th ‪water‬ purification system at Bir Tibetan Society, as a part of the Lha's Clean Water Project which was funded by... read more

Installation of 23rd Water Filtra…

On 18th December 2015, Lha installed its 23th reverse osmosis water purification system, through Rotary Club Dharamshala, at Kand Government High School located near lower Dharamshala, Kanyara Road. This filtration system... read more

Lha's Clean Water Project at TCV …

On 11th December 2015, Lha Charitable Trust installed its 22nd ‪water‬ filtration system at Tibetan Children's Village School Gopalpur, as a part of the Lha's Clean Water Project which was... read more

Lha Observed World AIDS Day 2015

On December 1, Dharamshala community witnessed series of events to observe World AIDS Day with the theme of 'Getting to Zero' at the main square of Mcleog Ganj. The various... read more

HIV Training and Counselling

Lha's Environment and Health Officer DemayTseringwas one of 20 participants from various health centres who took partin a four-day HIV counselling training from November 9 – 12 organised by the... read more

Key to academic success

Lha Charitable Trust organised an educational talk entitled Key to Academic Success: Your Mindset on November 21 at Tibetan Children's Village Suja School. The speaker was Mr Gyaltsen, former Education Officer... read more

Dental and clear vision projects …

Lha Charitable Trust's latest dental and clear vision projects have provided medical, dental and eye care assistance to Tibetan refugee communities in Dharamshala, Bir other Himalaya regions, sponsored by the... read more

Keeping Dhasa Spick and Span

Lha's Mass Cleanup this month took place on October 26. Around 70 people took part, including Lha volunteers, students and staff members who enthusiastically tackled the litter around the Temple... read more

Educational Talk on 'Growth Minds…

A talk for Dharamshala parents, Is your child having the right mindset for learning? was held on October 28 at Tibetan Childrens Village Day School in McLeod Ganj, organised by... read more

Visiting Group of Professional Me…

Lha hosted a group of professional medical practitioners and health care providers from New Orleans, Louisiana as part of Lha's Cutural Exchange Program in this month. The group came to Dharamshala... read more

Lha Won Prestigious South Asia NG…

Lha Charitable Trust won the award for the 'Best Use of Website and Internet Tools' at the 4th South Asia eNGO Challenge 2015, held on 9th October at India Habitat... read more

Visiting Group from Tulane Univer…

Lha hosted a group of 14 students who were participating in our Cultural Exchange Programme, they were from the School of Social Work, 2015 at Tulane University in New Orleans... read more

Compassion in Action

Dr Dong Giao Tran, his wife, Sanh Hy Ngyuyen and friend, Uyen Trinh who are Vietnamese devotees from US and Canada came to provide a volunteer acupuncture service through Lha... read more

Lha Celebrate World Massive Clean…

On 20th September 2015, Lha in  collaboration with the Clean Upper Dharamshala Program and Tibetan Women's Association organized a mass clean-up to mark World Massive Clean up Day.The program started from... read more

Lha's ‪ Clean‬ Water Project at C…

On the 21st August 2015, Lha Charitable Trust installed its 21st ‪water‬ filtration system as a part of the Clean Water Project at the staff dining hall of the ‪Central‬... read more

Cultural Exchange Groups

In the month of July, Lha hosted four student groups of Rustic Pathway, the American organisation which provides "meaningful student travel and services", organising volunteer and study programmes around the... read more

Hans Deibel - A Friend to Tibet

We are deeply saddened by the loss of our long term supporter and friend Mr Hans Deibel, and would like to send our deepest condolences to his family and friends. Mr... read more

The Tibet Fund Supports the Lha S…

Lha Charitable Trust would like to acknowledge and thank the Tibet Fund for the sponsorship they have provided for the Lha soup kitchen. Their support will enable us to run the... read more

Observance of National Hepatitis …

On 28th July, Lha Charitable Trust organized an awareness talk on Hepatitis for the adult students of the Lha language classes to observe the National Hepatitis Day, celebrated every year... read more

Americans and Tibetans Team up to…

This month, Lha welcomed two student groups, one from Tulane University and another from the Rustic Pathway. The Tulane group stayed at Lha's Ahimsa House in McLeod Ganj and during their... read more

Observance of National HIV Testin…

On 27th June, Lha Charitable Trust prepared an awareness talk on HIV/AIDS for the adult students of the Lha language classes. Lha organized this event to educate students about HIV/AIDS... read more

Lha organizes a Mass Clean-Up

Symbolizing an act of gratitude to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday, Lha Charitable Trust (Lha) organized a mass clean-up today, in collaboration with the Clean... read more

20th Clean Water Project at Tibet…

On 10th June 2015, Lha installed its 20th reverse osmosis water purification system under the Clean Water Project at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA). The LTWA was founded... read more

Cultural Exchange Group from Cent…

Lha hosted a student group from Centenary College, New Orleans in the United States, this month on the Lha Cultural Exchange Programme. The group, consisting of nine students and their... read more

19th Clean Water Project at Delek…

On 29th April 2015, Lha installed its 19th reverse osmosis water purification system as a part of Clean Water Project at Delek Hospital, Dharamshala. Tibetan Welfare Delek Hospital is situated about... read more

Lha's Clean Water Survey Report 2…

Lha has been installing water filtration systems since 2010 to provide clean water in an effort to combat the problem of poor quality drinking water which causes serious health issues... read more

18th Clean Water Project at Sambh…

On 22nd March 2015 (World Water Day), Lha installed its 18th Reverse Osmosis water purification system as a part of Clean Water Project at Sambhota Tibetan School, Dekyiling to mark... read more

Lha's New Exchange student group …

On 19 Jan, Lha received a group of students from Frostburg State University, Maryland. There were 6 students, 2 professors and a professional film maker. The Group lead by their... read more

17th Clean Water Project at Geden…

Lha is happy to announce that it has successfully installed the 17th Water Filtration System at Geden Choeling ‪Buddhist‬ Educational Nunnery. The Geden Choeling Buddhist Educational Society is a ‪‎Tibetan ‬Nunnery... read more

Lha Dental Care and Clear Vision …

Lha has been continuously providing Dental and Eye care assistance to the community for the past six years under its Clear Vision Project. The project was started in 2009 with... read more

Lha’s Mexican student group visit…

A group of 13 students and 2 teachers from Tec de Monterry University, Mexico lead by their group leader Naidel and Lillian, visited Lha as a part of Lha Culture... read more

2014 Survey Report on Lha Soup K…

Since it opened in July 2011, Lha Community Soup Kitchen has served low-cost, nutritious meals to approximately 250 people from McLeod Ganj's Tibetan refugee community. Lunches are served to between... read more

World AIDS day is observed in Dha…

On December 1, World AIDS Day was observed in Dharamshala at an event with the theme "Close the gap in HIV prevention and treatment". The event was organised jointly by the... read more

Launch of Professor Samdhong Rinp…

On November 5, Lha Charitable Trust launched the website www.samdhongrinpoche.com and a Felicitation Volume in gratitude to His Eminence Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, as part of the celebration of Rinpoche's 75th... read more

Lha in the top two South Asia NGO…

Lha Charitable Trust was awarded the second position in the category "Best Practices of Social Media Usage" in the 3rd eNGO Challenge Award - Celebrating Digital Information Tools for Communities... read more

16th Clean Water Project at Kham …

On 27th October 2014, Lha installed its 16th Clean Water Project Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purification system at Kham Kathok Tibetan Settlement, Satuan. Kham Kathok Tibetan Settlement, Sataun was established in... read more

15th Clean Water Project at Centr…

On 26th October 2014, Lha installed its 15th Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purification system as a part of Clean Water Project at Central School for Tibetans Shimla, Himachal Pradesh. Central school... read more

Lha 14th Clean Water Project

On 15th October 2014, Lha installed its 14th Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purification system as a part of Clean Water Project at Jampaling Old People’s Home, Dharamshala. Jampaling Old People’s Home... read more

Lha Cultural Exchange Groups

Lha hosted two student groups for the Cultural Exchange programme in September. A group from the School of Social Work at Tulane University in New Orleans arrived on September 8... read more

Lha Cultural Exchange Students Gr…

The Lha student exchange programme was started a decade ago and has been progressing successfully ever since. This month, Lha hosted a number of students from various American universities. A student... read more

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Reports 2015

Report 2012


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.


"Maybe a class organized by the students where they explain Tibetan history and culture, or philosophy or politics to the foreigners. Again this could be covered in conversation but the problem with conversation is everybody is talking about everything at the same time and it's a bit wild, I don't think the foreigners get as much from it than if it were organized that different people speak at different times. And maybe reciprocation from the foreigners point of view, such as their impressions of Tibet, their view on immolations and China's oppression etc. Also maybe culture differences etc".

Liam Berrington (Ireland) 29th October 2014

"I had such a great experience and wish I could come for longer. I was grateful to tutor 2 wonderful women in the mornings during my time there. They were so committed to learn and I could actually see progress just in our week together. I also learned much about the Tibetan experience and it has given me renewed interest in future volunteering".

Deborah McKeown (Canada) 18th October 2014

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

The service provided by the Lha community is very helpful and the staff members working here are so nice and cordial.- Ngawang Dolma.

For me, the way the teachers teach and administrators administrate is going so well. My hearty wish is that the Lha staff members can carry on their good performance continuously for the betterment of society .- Nyitri.

Ahimsa house was great, the hot water, wifi and filtered water was great to have access to. The meal were excellent, I love all the vegetarian options. Breakfast was also excellent and the fruit was always fresh.- Joanna Johnson

The accommodations were great, it was fun to see “American” food incorporated into breakfast and dinner. Volunteering was a great experience, I feel like I learned as much from my partner as she did from me. The sightseeing excursions were very valuable and definitely enhance the experience. - Maggie Hermann

The rooms of Ahimsa were magnificent and well-prepared. Towels, extra sheets, and bathroom were all clean. The library was a great touch. The meals were great.- Joe Signorelli


Lha Charitable Trust has initiated a new project to promote and broadcast the extensive and valuable teachings and writings of Professor Samdhong Rinpoche. This initiative is a part of our project on Preservation and Promotion of Tibetan Culture and Language. These teachings and writings can be found on www.samdhongrinpoche.com

Contact is a recognised and registered publication under the Registrar Office of the Newspaper, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Government of India. The registration number is HPENG/2013/51798. Recognised by Lonely Planet and other international travel resources, Contact has been a popular source of news and information on Tibetan issues, and the Dharamsala community, for over 17 years. www.contactmagazine.net

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

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.  blog.lhasocialwork.org

Lha Tibet Fair Trade acts as a certified cooperative, offering a wide range of handmade Tibetan craftworks – from handloom textiles to jewelry, home décor and personal accessories to Tibetan art. In addition to being a retailer, LTFT is a licensed import, export, and wholesale company.www.tibetfairtrade.com