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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Lha History

Since 1959, Tibetans living in Tibet have been subject to the strict and repressive policies of the People's Republic of China and the Chinese Communist Party. They enjoy little freedom of expression or political action. Those who do speak out against China's communist rule face extremely harsh punishment. Over the past fifty years, hundreds of thousands of Tibetans have chosen to leave their homeland in pursuit of the freedoms and opportunities denied under Chinese rule. Every year, new refugees arrive in India after an arduous journey with only an armful of personal belongings. Countless refugees arrive with little or no education, speaking only Tibetan, and possessing no viable job skills to support themselves and their families. Furthermore, it is extremely difficult for adult and elder refugees to receive an adequate education in India due to strict school system requirements. Educational policy prevents adults over the age of 18 from enrolling in school. There is one school for Tibetan refugees between the ages of 18 and 30 in the Dharamsala area; however, this school provides only a limited education, requires students to reside on campus which proves difficult for adults who are working or have families, and the nutrition at the school is poor. 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 that are accessible and feasible for Tibetan adults.

Critical to Lha's evolution and early development was the Louisiana Himalaya Association (LHA) based in the USA. LHA was first founded in 1997 with the vision to improve the quality of life for Tibetan refugees and people from the Himalayan regions through outreach, awareness, and fund-raising efforts. The foundation of LHA in the USA lead to the establishment of its sister organization, Lha, in India in 1999 with a group of young newly-arrived Tibetans. From small beginnings, Lha has grown exponentially over the years and continues to offer new, meaningful services to the community of Dharamsala, India. When Lha started in 1999, social services were offered from a small shelter room on Bhagsu Road. Then in 2003, due to a high demand for more services and an increase in students attending classes at Lha, the organization moved to the current resource centre – a first floor building on Temple Road owned by the Tibetan Handicraft Society. Since the move, Lha has offered new and varying services including English, Computer Classes, clothing distribution, and medical assistance. After 2008, Lha expanded to offer more social services and classes including Tibetan, English, Spanish, Chinese, and French language courses, English conversation classes, computer skills, environmental and medical education and assistance, vocational training, yoga and photography. In 2005 Lha was registered as a non-profit social work organization based in Dharamsala under the District Magistrate of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, Government of India (Regd. No. 240, Regd. Year. 2005, Book No. 1) and as a Charitable Trust. LHA in the USA and Lha in India share the same aims and objectives and enjoy a great bond, with the US-based LHA providing support to Lha in India by raising funds and awareness abroad. Importantly, the respective associations have different board members, administration and staff. Thus, the programs, outreach, and services provided by each organization evolve independently through response to the needs of the community. Above all, the organizations have always been able to support one other and share the same commitment: to help the Tibetan people survive and prosper in their new home and to preserve their profoundly unique culture.

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











"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