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
Swift Code: PUNBINBBPAR
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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Season's Greetings from Lha Charitable Trust

We wish you a happy holiday season and a safe and prosperous New Year!

Lha Charitable Trust has just released its 2013 annual report. It has been a successful year, thanks to our many generous supporters, such as yourself!

Lha's primary goal is to provide meaningful, multi-leveled social services in Dharamsala, to help ease the transition for the Tibetan refugee community. On a daily basis, Lha serves over 150 people, hosts between 15 to 25 volunteers, and provides approximately 20 different kinds of services, including language education, computer courses, vocational training, health and environmental education, a Community Soup Kitchen, clean water, medicine, clothing distribution, and a public library. Lha's services are open to Tibetan refugees, as well as the local Indian population, and people from the Himalayan regions. We also provide cultural exchanges for international groups and free coordination for volunteers from around the globe.

Lha works hard to operate with minimum administrative and program costs, to produce the maximum output. Your donations help us to improve and increase our services and projects. One of the many projects that donations in 2013 contributed to, was the installation of five brand new water filtration systems in five schools, serving around 2000 people who are now using pure clean water for both their drinking and cooking needs. In addition, donations helped support Lha's Soup Kitchen, to bring healthy food to those in need. The kitchen serves 40-50 financially disadvantaged people daily and 168 needy people since its inception. We also organized nine cultural exchange groups, in collaboration with international institutions, and a total of 120 students participated in this program. On a different note, we would like to announce that from 2014 onwards, the Lha Tibet Fair Trade (LTFT) company will be open for business. LTFT is a registered company undertaken by the Lha Charitable Trust, with headquarters in Dharamsala, India. It aims to improve the standards of living for Tibetan refugees in the Himalayan regions, by means of helping them to generate income, while also ensuring that Lha remains an economically sustainable organization in the future.
Lha is also proud to announce that Contact Magazine is now registered under the Registrar Office of the Newspaper, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Government of India. Recognized by Lonely Planet and other international travel resources, Contact has been a very popular, free publication for Tibetan issues and community information in Dharamsala for over 15 years. It is one of the longest-running Tibetan publications in the area, and provides information for local residents, as well as international visitors. Please read more about Contact Magazine.
Starting from January 2014, we will also be extending our successful eye-care and dental programs from adults in the community to school children, as we have found this is a much needed area of expansion.

The donations from volunteers and exchange groups staying in Lha's accommodations have allowed Lha to become more self-sufficient and sustainable – our Language, Computer Classes, and other daily social services are now able to continue to be provided regardless of outside funding. However, to keep up with the growing needs of the community, and to maintain the operation of our other social services and special projects such as the soup kitchen, eye, dental & health care, clean water, environmental initiatives, and Contact Magazine, we continue to rely on your generous donations.
Since Lha's founding in 1997, we have continued to be inspired by the compassion, dedication and contributions of generous supporters, and thousands volunteers from around the globe.

With your generous support, we hope to continue providing these invaluable services to the local community, and engage in many new initiatives in the coming year. Please follow the links below for more details, updated reports and news. Should you like to read the latest updates from 2013, you can locate them on Lha's website. Read more.

Below are some quick facts about Lha's successes during 2013, and we hope for continued success in 2014! Thank you once again for your unwavering support; we could not have achieved these things without you, the volunteers, and of course the dedication of the students and the community.

Sincerely,
Ngawang Rabgyal
Director - Lha Charitable Trust.
www.lhasocialwork.org
www.contactmagazine.net

IMPORTANT INITIATIVES, REPORT FOR 2013

  • 3120 students attended language classes on a monthly basis
  • 806 new students enrolled for language classes
  • 234 students attended Beginner and Intermediate computer classes
  • Over 1766 free articles of clothing distributed to both the Tibetan and local Indian communities
  • 40-50 financially disadvantaged people ate daily at the Lha community kitchen, which provides clean water and nutritious meals.
  • 108 Tibetan refugees received free eye examinations, and 80 were provided with free glasses
  • Organized a mass clean-up program in Mcleod Ganj alongside the Tibetan Settlement office
  • Provided recommendation letters for 204 students. The Indian Government requires letters from an educational institution as proof from newly arrived refugees that have registered as relocating to India for educational opportunities
  • Worked with 619 new volunteers, who donated their valuable time and energy
  • Organized Cultural Exchange Programs for 9 University and High School Groups from the USA, France and Mexico, with 120 participants
  • Held free acupuncture treatment at Jampaling elder peoples home
  • Organized massage therapy training
  • 8400 free copies of Contact Magazine distributed and published (700-1000 copies published every month).
  • Installation of five brand new water filtration systems in five schools, serving around 2000 people with pure clean water for their both drinking and cooking needs.

QUICK FACTS FROM 2003 TO 2013

  • Over 5,807 volunteers from 40 different countries have contributed to Lha's work.
  • Approximately 909 students from international education institutes participated in the organized cultural exchange program
  • 33,000 free books distributed to Tibetan and local Indian schools and libraries
  • More than 30,779 articles of clothing were collected and distributed through the donation center
  • 9,525 students have benefited from our language courses
  • 2,556 students have benefited from our computer and IT workshops
  • 296 free eye check-ups and glasses provided for more than 226 people
  • 169 people have graduated from Lha's massage course
  • 67 people have graduated from Lha's photography course
  • The Lha Community Soup Kitchen has fed between 40-50 financially disadvantaged people daily, and 168 have benefited since its opening in July, 2011
  • Installation of nine brand new water filtration systems in nine schools, serving around 4000 people with pure clean water for both their drinking and cooking needs.
  • Provided recommendation letters for 368 students. The Indian Government requires letters from an educational institution as proof from newly arrived refugees that have registered as relocating to India for educational opportunities.

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Additional information

Student Exchange

Under the Cultural Exchange progamme, Lha hosted this year’s first student group from Rustic Pathways. Eleven students visited from the Lycée Français de San Francisco, a bilingual... Read more

Community Clean up

Another mass clean-up took place in Mcleod Ganj on April 15, organised by Lha as part of our Environmental Protection and Awarness project. There were more than 90 participants including Lha staff mem... Read more

2016 Medical, Dental and…

Once again, Lha Charitable Trust teamed up with Louisiana Himalaya Association for the 2017 medical, dental and eye care programs. This summer Dr. Suchin Shukla, our Medical Programs advisor, and 13 L... Read more

Environmental Care Award …

Lha was awarded the first Environmental Care Award by the Tibetan Settlement Office (TSO) for Dharamshala at their inaugural local leaders meeting on November. 25. TSO Awards were presented to v... Read more

Birthday Celebration of H…

His Eminence Professor Samdhong Rinpoche celebrated his 77th birthday at a ceremony in Lha Charitable Trust's Ahimsa Hall with offerings to the Three Jewels followed by prayers and the serving of tea ... Read more

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"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

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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.
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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

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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

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