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 Advisory Board

Jampa Tsering

Jampa Tsering was the Founder of Lha Charitable Trust. He also co-founded LHA (Louisiana Himalaya Association) shortly after he arrived in India from Tibet as a refugee in 1997. He served as managing director of LHA’s India Social Work Activities until he founded Lha Charitable Trust in 2005. With the formation of Lha Charitable Trust, Louisiana Himalaya Association t urned over full management of the LHA Social Service Center and School in Dharamsala to Jampa and the Tibetan staff. Jampa managed the Trust for another year until he was confident that the staff and newly appointed general manager, Tashi Dorjee, would be able to manage the organization in his absence. Jampa has since remained as a very active Advisor to the organization a nd has returned to India regularly to assist with further development. Jampa, his wife Flo and their two lovely children now live in Northern Canada where they work with the Native American population.

HHDL and NeilNeil Guidry ACSW LCSW 

Professor Guidry is president of the Louisiana Himalaya Association (LHA) which he co-founded in 1997. LHA was the mother organization from which Lha Charitable Trust originated. Since 1997 he has served as President of LHA and has returned to India for 6 months of each year to serve as Consultant/Advisor to Lha Charitable Trust. At home in New Orleans he teaches Introduction to Buddhism and Global Social Work at the Tulane University School of Social Work. The mission of Louisiana Himalaya Association (www.lhainfo.org) is to continue to create a cross cultural bridge – bringing volunteers and resources to the Tibetan Refugee Community in the Himalayas of Northern India while bringing the vast wisdom and profound culture of the Tibetan People back to the world.

Tashi Dorjee

Tashi served as a staff member of the organization from 2003 until he accepted the position of Chairman and Director of the Trust in May 2006. He served in this position until receiving a scholarship to study abroad in Australia. During his time as Director of Lha Charitable Trust, with the organization’s purchase of Ahimsha House, it crossed the milestone of becoming self sufficient and sustainable. During this time Tashi also became a member of Rotary International and was able broaden the organizations international visibility and greatly increase the number of volunteers. Currently Tashi remains as an active Advisor to the organization. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia where he continues to serve the Tibetan community by organizing cultural events.

Laura Manley

Laura is also the Co-Founder for the Center for Open Data Enterprise in Washington DC, where she leads partnerships and programs. She is also a Consultant with the World Bank’s Transport and ICT Global Practice. Laura specializes in data for economic growth, working with governments from low- and middle-income countries. As a great supporter of Tibet, she has worked with TCHRD (Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy) and Common Grounds Project in addition to Lha.

In addition to her work on data for development, Laura has over a decade of strategic planning experience with multiple international agencies including the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF, the National Endowment for Democracy, and MasterCard Foundation.


Dukthen KyiDukthen Kyi

Dukthen Kyi has served as the General Secretary of Lha Charitable Trust for more than two years until she received a scholarship to pursue further studies in 2015. She graduated from South India from the University of Madras, Ethiraj College where she studied English and Communication Skills. She joined Lha in 2013 as the editor for Contact magazine, a monthly magazine published by Lha. Before joining Lha, Dukthen had the opportunity and the experience of working with other organizations.


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