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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Lha is a resource of education and knowledge that providing meaningful, multi-leveled social and educational services for the benefit of others.

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The Lha Community Soup Kitchen aims to alleviate cases of malnutrition and poverty in Dharamsala by offering nutritious, low-cost (25 cents) or free meals and clean drinking water to 50-60 Tibetan refugees daily. This is the first and only community soup kitchen in the Tibetan community with access to clean drinking water.  So far 327 refugees have benefited from this project since its inception four years ago.
In June 2013, 47 users of the Community Soup Kitchen were surveyed and it was found that  46 out of the 47 respondents were unemployed and only 6 (13%) received any kind of financial support from friends or family.  

In a survey conducted in December 2014 by Lha volunteers on the effectiveness of the Lha Community Soup Kitchen, nearly all of the users (96%) responded that the Soup Kitchen meals are beneficial to them, and 87% said they come to the Soup Kitchen because of financial problems. 
Without the services of the Soup Kitchen, these people would be unable to afford nutritious food and would be forced to drink local tap water, adding to the health problems which many of them already face (51% of those surveyed identified as having existing health problems, often caused by poor quality food and water).

How you can help?

Lha Community Soup Kitchen has been running on the small donations and funds provided by numerous individuals and organisations over the past four years. We don’t have any supporters or sponsors coming up for the next year but the problem of malnutrition in the Tibetan refugee community continues. Therefore, your contribution of even a small amount would be very helpful for us to tackle and eliminate this problem. 
Lha Charitable Trust aims to raise $14,400 USD to cover the expenses of a year's food supply for the Community Soup Kitchen.  Lha covers the maintenance cost, utilities and staff wages. Therefore, 100% of your donation will go directly to help provide nutritious food for the Tibetan refugees. You can also sponsor a day or a month’s meal.  The food supply for the Soup Kitchen cost 1200 USD per month; any amount of contribution is appreciated.  Your small act of kindness makes a huge difference in someone else’s life on the other end of the world.   

We will receive all of your donations through our sister organization Louisiana Himalaya Association (LHA). LHA is a 501-(C) - (3) non-profit organization based in New Orleans, Louisiana.http://lhainfo.org/donate.html

About Us 

Lha Charitable trust is an award-winning, grassroots, 12AA & 80G non-profit organization and one of the largest Tibetan social work institutes. Founded in 1997 and registered with the Indian government  as a charitable trust in 2005, Lha is one of the first organizations established with a primary focus on Tibetan social work. Lha is managed by Tibetan refugees who draw their expertise from the experience of living in exile, and is supported by volunteers and generous donors from around the world. Seeking to generate an atmosphere of harmony and cooperation, Lha’s services are open to Tibetan refugees as well as to the local Indian population and people from the surrounding Himalayan region. 

Lha plays a crucial role in facilitating the transition of Tibetan refugees from their homeland to the Indian community by providing long-term rehabilitation and education resources. Each year, programs and projects are adjusted to meet the conditions and needs of the region. Yet the commitment remains constant: to help the Tibetan people survive and prosper in their new home and to preserve their profoundly unique culture. In addition, Lha offers volunteers and students the opportunity to engage in meaningful community service and social work.
 Lha is unique in the range and quality of services it offers. These include Tibetan, English, French, Chinese and German classes, individual tutoring, Soup Kitchen, Clean Water Projects, the monthly Contact magazine, Cultural Exchange programs, Computer classes, a wide array of volunteer opportunities, Health and HIV/AIDS awareness

education, Environmental awareness initiatives, free distribution of clothes and medicine, vocational training, the Lha Tibet Fair Trade (LTFT), a public library and many other programs and activities. On a daily basis, Lha serves over 200 people, hosts between 15 to 25 volunteers and provides up to 25 different services including on average 50 to 60 meals per day for people who need it.

Award of Lha 1Achievements

 In 2014 Lha was awarded second place in the category of “Best Practices of Social Media Usage” in the South Asia-wide 3rd eNGO Challenge Award.
In 2015 Lha was awarded first place in the category of “Best use of Website and Internet tools” in the South Asia-wide 4th eNGO Challenge Award. The Award recognizes the best non-government organizational practices of using information and communication technologies.  The presentation ceremony was held at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on November 5. From thousands of NGOs around South Asia, 307 NGOs from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka were nominated
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Stories of the people who use Lha Community Soup Kitchen.

 My name is Jampa – born in Tibet and came into exile in 2005 I am currently studying English and computers also medical treatment. 
Age: 31
Lha Soup Kitchen has been very helpful to me as I have long term health problems and have received three operations to date. I have been facing severe financial problems. As I have no family in India, Lha has been like a family to me with their help. I am very happy and grateful to Lha and hope I will continue to receive support from the organization. I would also like to thank them on behalf of many other members of the community in need whom Lha has helped.

My Name is Tenzin – born in Tibet, came into exile in 1993. No job, no family in India.
Age: 41
I am taking a number of classes here and Lha Soup Kitchen meets my needs as it serves very good food, weekly fruits and salad with the lunch at the right time. Making lunches is expensive and so Lha Soup Kitchen saves me money and is extremely helpful to me. We used to pay only 15Rs per meal, but it has since been made free for me and my other friends. This has helped me a lot and I would like to thank Lha for this. 

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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

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