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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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

Acupuncture for the Tibetan Commu…

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

Lha Environmental Survey Report 2…

McLeod Ganj is a suburb of Dharamsala in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is home to the Tibetan government-in-exile and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and as... read more

Lha Receives Tulane University St…

Lha hosted a student exchange group from Tulane University, USA, during the month of June. The group of 18 students, led by Mr Michael and his team of tutors, were... read more

Celebrating World Environment Day

Today ( June 5), Lha collaborated with the Tibetan Women's Association (TWA) and the Clean Upper Dharamsala Programme (CUDP) to observe World Environment Day. The programme started at 10am, where... read more

Lha's first cultural exchange pro…

Lha's first cultural exchange program this year came to a successful conclusion on May 27. The student group, from Centenary College, Louisiana, USA, consisted of 10 students lead by Professor... read more

Lha's HIV/AIDS Awareness Talk

On 16th May 2014, the Lha Charitable Trust conducted an awareness talk on HIV/AIDS for the adult students of the Lha language classes. More than 40 students participated in the... read more

Lha's 13th Clean Water Project

Lha has successfully installed its 13th Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purification System as a part of its Clean Water Project on 13th May at Government College of Teachers Education in... read more

Lha's 12th Clean Water Project

Lha has successfully installed its 12th Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purification System as a part of its Clean Water Project on 6th May 2014 at Dawa Rinjue School Society, Herbertpu... read more

Lha's 11th Clean Water Project

Lha has successfully installed its 11th Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purification System as a part of its Clean Water Project on 6th May 2014 at Sambhota Tibetan School in Paonta... read more

Lha's 10th Clean Water Project

Lha has successfully installed its 10th Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purification system under its Clean Water Project. The RO system was installed at the Central School for Tibetans (CST) at Puruwala... read more

Lha's Clothing Distribution Proje…

On January 8, 2014 Lha delivered items of clothing through Dharamshala Rotary Club to Red Cross Society of Kangra District. The clothing was donated during 2013 by various members of... read more

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... read more

Lha's 9th Clean Water Project

On the 27th of November 2013 Lha Charitable trust has been able to install its 9th water filtration system at the Central School for Tibetans (CST) in Dalhousie at the... read more

Lha clean water project survey re…

BackgroundClean drinking water is an essential part in maintaining quality health among any population. Dharamsala's lack of filtered drinking water is significantly contributing to a rise in health problems in... read more

French student exchange group

On October 8, Lha was pleased to organize yet another student group for its Cultural Exchange program. The group consist of 17 student accompanied by 4 teachers from Lycee de... read more

Tulane Student Exchange Group Sep…

On 9th September 2013, a group of 13 social work students from Tulane University School from New Orleans, USA, led by Dr. Ron Marks (Dean) and Dr. Carolyn Weaver, arrived... read more

Student exchange groups in July 2…

During July, Lha hosted three student groups, one from Rustic Pathways Inn and the other two from Lifeworks International. The Rustic Pathway group participated in the mutual learning program from... read more

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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.

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.

"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