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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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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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 Testimonials & Feedback

 Here are just a few of the testimonials from volunteers, the local community, and those who have participated in the cultural exchange program.

We use this feedback to help us improve our service delivery to students and monitor the welfare of our volunteers. We are committed to making sure the experience is beneficial and educational for both parties. If you have any questions about the testimonials given, or would like to share your own experience of Lha, click here to join Lha's Blog community.

 The rooms were amazing, probably my favorite place to stay throughout my entire stay (Ahimsa). There were always enough space and it was very clean. The meals provided by Lha kitchen were wonderful. I liked how there were always options to choose from.- Bnanna Manieri

 It was a very nice experience; I think the best in my life. I hope to return at least once in my life to volunteer here and help in Lha. I am very happy to see this kind of mutual help and kindness in all the people. I love Tibet.- Palina Abad Venegas

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

This was amazing, I’m so glad to congratulate Lha Charitable Trust for these activities. Meeting the translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, meeting the Prime Minister of Tibet and his parliament, was an unforgettable experience. Meeting directors of many associations and being able to talk to them was a grateful experience that I will never forget. My feedback is to keep doing these activities; it enriches our whole lives and perspective towards ourselves.- Daniely Miranda

It was amazing and very impressive being able to meet as many and as important people we met throughout this trip. It is definitely worth having, we learned a lot in every sense about Tibetan culture, beliefs and developments. It is also very impressive how we got to meet such important people in a worldwide level such as His Holiness Dalai Lama’s translator and the Prime Minister.- Regina Rivero Rerkins

It was my favorite thing. Meeting with learning partners made me learn a ton and helped me feel at home here. I feel useful and lucky to have the opportunity.- Anonymous

I love my mutual learning partner very much. The program has given me so much knowledge about what is happening in Tibet and what I can do as an American to help. I will continue to stay in touch with my learning partner after such a magnificent experience.- Jenelle Parks

Amazing. I was shocked by the quality of the speakers that we were able to meet. Samdhong Rinpoche and Ama Adhe were my favorite.- Nick Perls

All lectures that we were exposed to were extremely well organized and informative. This allowed us to be more aware and remove our ignorance of many realities Thank you. - Emilie Grodmon

I was surprised to notice that there are a lot of volunteers in Mcleod Ganj from all over the world and I was happy to share stories with them. Conversation class at Lha was  amazing! I loved hearing different personal Tibetan stories from the students! They were all so grateful.- Sharon Terrazas

I thought the program was awesome: I loved the mutual learning partner program, the food at the Ahimsa house was really really good, the Ahimsa house was really nice and comfortable and clean.- Kristina

Mutual learning partners were awesome. I am in love with Sonam. She is amazing and great and eager to learn and i could go on and on and on. The food was great the entire time. The Ahimsa house did a fabulous job with all the meals.- Winnie

The food was always delicious, the rooms were great and overall it was a wonderful experience to stay at the Ahimsa House.- Clare

I would say that the Mutual Learning Partner experience was one of the greatest learning opportunities that I have ever been a part of. It was amazing to both teach and learn at the same time. I believe this is what Prof.Samdhong Rinpoche was trying to say regarding teaching.- Hunter

Dorje was a great learning partner and I feel that both of us learned a great deal from the other. Overall I enjoyed the way that the learning partner program was set up. I would like to stay in touch with this program in hopes to do more for it in the future. – Joe White, USA

My assigned partner was very eager to learn and hopes to join her brother in America one day. With that goal in mind, I’m sure she would appreciate more students in the future helping her improve her English – Kelly, USA

Every day Taski, my learning partner, would bring a list of words and phrases to ask me about and she was usually able to recall what they meant days later. Overall it was a great experience that I hope was mutually beneficial. – Margarat Sands, USA

My partner has definitely benefited from this experience. He was very open about his life and story and he was very interested in learning about English words including other languages as well. I highly recommend him as a good learning partner. -Andrew N, USA

Sonam’s English is very good. If she was to live in America she would be fine. Sonam should still have a learning partner to help with the more advanced words. She also needs help with writing – English grammar and past tense usage. Speaking English for her is going well but she needs to exercise her writing skills more. – Audrey Lynne, USA

Pema Kyi was a great learning partner. She was friendly and open and really helped me gain a better understanding of Tibetan culture. – Marie USA

I cannot praise Dam Choe, my learning partner, more. He is an extraordinary human being with boundless will to learn, understand and aid from other people. Despite his limited knowledge of the English language, Dam Choe was willing to explore deep topics such as global politics, war, Buddhist philosophy, race, chemistry and human relationships. He was sincerely focused on the learning partnership, and we spent every hour in conversation and instruction, staying away from the touristy attractions in lieu of the real experience.

I have never before met someone like Dam Choe. There is no one more suited for and in need of programs such as this.- by Lewis Baker, USA

Additional information

Lha hosted the second Min…

Lha hosted the second Mindful Medicine Conference from October 29 – 31 in collaboration with theTibetan Delek Hospital, the Ochsner Medical Centre of New Orleans, Men-Tsee-Khang, the Louisiana Mississ... Read more

Lha Charitable Trust Cele…

 Lha Charitable Trust, an award-wining, grassroots and non-profit institute for social work and education based in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala, celebrated its 20 year anniversary of providing social... Read more

Lha’s Cultural Exchange G…

  Lha hosted two groups under our Cultural Exchange Programme during October. First was a group of eightpeople from the United States who stayed for a week at Ahimsa House from  Oct... Read more

Mass Cleanup

On October 21, Lha staff, students and volunteers gathered for the monthly mass cleanup. The day started from Mcleod Ganj main square with around 40 participantswhoworked in three groups to clean the... Read more

September Lha News / Cult…

Lha hosted a group of seven women from the United States for a week in September, 2017. Members of the group were from different walks of life and everyone had a keen interest in Tibetan Buddhism and ... 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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