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's Trust & Staff Member

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Trust Chairman & Executive Director

Mr. Ngawang Rabgyal was born in 1977. As a boy he studied Buddhist philosophy at some of the prominent monasteries in his home town and Lhasa. After his education in a monastic environment, he attended other educational centers before moving to Delhi. Mr. Rabgyal has been an active member of Lha since 2003 and during his stay in Delhi, he worked with Lha’s advisor Neil Guidry and former director Jampa Tsering as a coordinator and guide to groups of university students. In July 2008, he elected Trust Chairman and was appointed as Lha's Director. Before joining the staff at Lha, Mr. Rabgyal worked at Khawakarpo Tibet Culture Centre as an Administration Manager and reporter for the Tibet Express (a weekly Independent Tibetan Language newspaper). He has been a project officer of the Wildlife Protection Society of India, an activist for environmental and wildlife conservation campaigns,and has also worked with some international environmental NGOs.

Additionally, he has successfully organized two mega Wildlife Conservation Campaigns in the Tibetan community between 2006 and 2008. He has written a book on Environment and Wildlife Conservation in the Tibetan language, which was released in June 2008. He is also a member of the International Rotary Club.

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Trust Vice Chairman, Deputy Director and Volunteer Coordinator

Lobsang Rabsel received his formal monastic education in Sera, Tibet. He came to India in 1993 and joined the Tibetan Transit School for two years before working at Khana Nirvana for four years. In 1998, he handled the layout of Contact magazine and also became the volunteer coordinator for Volunteer Tibet, where he remained until 2001. In 2003, he took full charge of Contact magazine He later became the manager of Common Ground Café and is now he is Vice Chairman, Deputy Director and volunteer Coordinator at Lha.


Programme Manager

Dorji Kyi was born in Amdo, Tibet. She came to India in 1993 and studied in Tibetan Children’s Village School. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Madras Christian College. After that she pursued Masters in Communication from M.O.P Vaishnav College for Woman- Chennai.

After her studies, she worked for Amazon.com for two year as the English Catalog associate. From 2013 to 2015 she worked at Tibetan Women’s Association, as the Environment and Development Officer. Currently Dorji Kyi is working at Lha as the Program Manager.

Tenzin Sherab la

Manager of Lha Tibet Fair Trade

Tenzin Sherab was born in Tibet and came to India when he was just five. He studied in T.C.V. School Suja and later joined T.C.V. School Bylakuppe for his interest in commerce and trade subject.

He graduated from Andhra Loyola College with Master in Business Administration in Symbiosis college of Pune.

Sherab joined Lha in April 2014. He manages the Lha Tibet Fair Trade Company which is under the operation of Lha Charitable Trust.


Contact Magazine Assitant Editor/Reporter

Tenzin Samten was born in Dhingri, Tibet. She came toIndia in 1993 and did her schooling at Tibetan Children's Village (TCV) school. She finished her high school from TCV Gopalpur and did her further studies in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She pursued Bachelors in English literature from Meenakshi College for women and Masters in the same field from Loyola College.

After completing her studies, she worked at Amazon Kindle Publishing department as Senior Associate from 2012-2014. In 2015, she joined Lha as Programme Manager. Currently, she is working at Lha as Editor/Reporter for Contact magazine.

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Trust member & Office Assitant

Tapsang was born in a small town in Lhasa in 1980. She came to India in 1993 and was self-employed till 2004.

She has worked at Lha since December 2004. Currently she works as a cook, an office assistant, and massage therapist.


Lha Community Soup kitchen Cook

Tenzin Yangdu was born in 1991 in Kham Dhege, Tibet. In 2007, he came to India crossing the Himalayas on foot. He studied Tibetan Buddhism at Drepung Loseling monastery in South India until 2012.

He later came to Dharamsala and studied English at Tibet Charity and Lha Charitable Trust for a year. In 2013, he joined Lha Charitable Trust as a Cook for Lha Community Soup Kitchen.

Tenpa Thutop

Lha Community Soup kitchen Cook

Tenpa Thutop was born on 1st July, 1987 in Tsawa Pashoe, Kham (Tibet). He came to India in 2005 and went to Tibetan Transit School in Dharamsala for 5 years.

He worked as a Chef at the Tibet Kitchen restaurant for many years and joined Lha in 2012 as a cook for Lha Community Soup Kitchen.

Dhundup Choephel

Lha Community Soup kitchen Cook

Dhondup Choephel was born on 15th May, 1985 in Tsawa Pashoe, Kham (Tibet). In 2008, while on a pilgrimage to Lhasa and Shigatse he continued his journey and escaped to India.

Under the kindness and guidance of His Holiness he got the opportunity to study at Tibetan Transit School for 5 years.

He worked as a cook at the Tibet Kitchen restaurant for a year from 2013-2014 and joined Lha in 2015 as a cook for Lha Community Soup Kitchen.

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