Once again, Lha Charitable Trust teamed up with Louisiana Himalaya Association for the 2017 medical, dental and eye care programs. This summer Dr. Suchin Shukla, our Medical Programs advisor, and 13 Louisiana State University Med Students, came to India to volunteer. For three weeks they did medical, dental, and eye assessments for 365 monks, nuns and Tibetan elders. 77% of those assessed needed glasses, dental work and/or medical care, a much greater number than we had expected. This discovery has led to the development of an effective plan fo... read more
Lha was awarded the first Environmental Care Award by the Tibetan Settlement Office (TSO) for Dharamshala at their inaugural local leaders meeting on November. 25.
TSO Awards were presented to various organisations to honour outstanding service for the Tibetan community, dedication to the Tibetan cause and for social services.
The awards were presented by the chief guest at the event, Kalon Ngodup Tsering, the Education Minister for the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, representing Sikyong Lobsang Sangay who was in North America.
The Indo... read more
His Eminence Professor Samdhong Rinpoche celebrated his 77th birthday at a ceremony in Lha Charitable Trust's Ahimsa Hall with offerings to the Three Jewels followed by prayers and the serving of tea and ceremonial rice. Rinpoche gave a talk on social work to representatives of various monasteries and non-government organisations. Following the talk, volume seven of Rinpoche's Collected Works was launched.
Elsewhere, the Ancestral Model School (Peton School) in Dharamshala convened a cultural show of dances and songs and outside Dharamshala hi... read more
Doctors from the United States met Tibetan medical practitioners at the conference East meets West: Mindful Medicine, which was held to a platform for a mutual learning. The conference included visits to Delek Hospital and Men-tse-khang, the Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute which gave the doctors from the US the opportunity to interact with the medical practitioners there and explore the work they do. Delegates also visited the Jampaling Home for elderly people where they were able to observe firsthand the care provided to residents.
Over 2... read more
Lha welcomed a group of twelve professionals from Hospice Care in the United States in October as a part of our cultural exchange programme. They stayed in Mcleod Ganj for more than a week to learn about Tibetan culture and Buddhism, and also to have a closer look at the Tibetan community in Dharamshala. They visited several Tibetan organisations including the Tibet Museum and the Tibet Library.
Geshe Lhakdor la gave a talk to the group Buddhist perspectives on Joy of Living and Dying which gave the participants the opportunity to ask question... read more
This month Lha hosted a student group from Tulane University's School of Social Work in New Orleans. The nine students and two professors were in Dharamshala for two weeks. During their stay, the students were paired with Lha's students to help them improve their English language. They also volunteered at Tonglen Charitable Trust in Dharamshala for few days.
Apart from volunteering at non-government organisations, Lha organised two talks for the student group by two prominent local people and a visit to AmaAdhe – a former Tibetan political p... read more
On Saturday July 9, Lha hosted a fundraising barbeque. This was open to all, and was organised and funded by Lha volunteers Karol Hewlet and Paulina Wrotynska, who are from Poland and currently studying in Denmark.
Despite the rain, around one hundred people showed up to support the event. Karol and Paulina's week of preparation paid off and together with the enthusiasm of Lha's cooks and staff, the first ever barbeque party in the town was a success!Many Lha students and volunteers came to support the event as well as members of the public. W... read more
In July 2016, Lha hosted 12 medical students from Louisiana State University. Led by Professor Neil Guidry, the group visited Tibetan medical centres in Dharamshala to get more exposure to the Tibetan medical system.
At Delek Hospital, Dr Tenzin Desel spoke to them about Tibetan medical perceptions and the prevailing common diseases in the Tibetan community. The students also visited Men-tse-khang, the Tibetan medical and Astro Institute, and spent time with Tibetan medical students, exchanging and discussing their experiences and ideas.Duri... read more
Lha charitable Trust and the Institute for Social Work and Education, in collaboration with The Tibet Fund, held a workshop for Tibetan parents, Early Literacy Development.
Around 42 parents of children from Yonling day school and Rogpa Baby Care Centre attended the event which took place on July 5, 2016 in Lha's Ahimsa Hall.
The workshop was led by Mr Jamyang Gyaltsen, an education specialist and Lha volunteer. He focused on the importance of early child development and strategies for reading and storytelling.
Ms Tenzin Dekyi, M.A in Englis... read more
As a part of our Cultural Exchange Programme Lha hosted three different groups of American students in June. The first group included 14 students from Tulane University who stayed in Dharamsala from June 6 to 24.
They participated in our mutual learning programme and helped our Tibetan students to learn English. The American students also visited many Tibetan institutes and offices to learn about Tibet and its current situation and visited a Tibetan settlement in Bir to find out more about Tibetan refugees.
Our second and third groups consis... read more
We are thrilled to share the good news with our dear donors and supporters that after three months, we have successfully finished work on a new state-of-the-art hall on the top floor of Ahimsa house.
His eminence Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, despite his busy schedule, inaugurated and consecrated our new hall and blessed the staff and volunteers gathered for the special event on June 6, 2016.
Ahimsa’s new multi-purpose room boasts a top quality projector and sound system, high speed Wifi, and air conditioning. It will be used for conferences, ... read more
On 5th June 2016, Lha, in collaboration with Tibet Charity organised a mass clean up to mark World Environment Day. There were more than 120 participants including volunteers, students and staff members who eagerly took part in picking up rubbish around Temple Road.
While some volunteers focused on Lingkor Road and the Kora, or circumambulation, around the Dalai Lama's residence, other cleaned up the roads and forest near Lha's soup kitchen and Tibet Charity. More than 20 bags of rubbish were collected that were then driven away to the local t... read more
On June 4, 2016, Lha organised a charity clothes giveaway in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala where around 28,000 new or old clothing items were distributed completely free of charge.
Approximately 300 local Tibetans and Indians came to the event and everybody was allowed to take up to seven pieces. There was something there for everyone with clothing items including men's and women's summer and winter wear, shoes, bags, sleeping-bags, shawls, and children's clothes and toys.
Our primary aim was to help as many people in need as possible so in the ru... read more
Lobsang Damchoe has been teaching Tibetan at LHA for just under a year and his class has been a huge success.
About 10 Tibetans attend religiously every day, others appearing when they have the time. It is not a young class; the average pupil-age is 40 but people are determined to fit the lesson in around family and work commitments.
Though most speak the language perfectly, a lack of formal education has left them with poor reading and writing skills. Dhondup Namgyal is 64 and arrived in India from Nepal a year ago. He grew up a nomad on the... read more
Lha’s Director Ngawang Rabgyal has spent a month in the United States and Mexico where he made many new contacts as well as renewing old friendships.
He met and paid tribute to the many organisations who work in partnership with Lha, supporting Lha’s work and becoming involved in promoting Tibetan issues. “The Tibetan exile community is indebted to the support of the many American people who devote their time, effort and monetary aid to Tibetans" said Ngawang, "Support from so many organisations around the world enables us to continue our work... read more
Two of Lha Charitable Trust's staff, Mr Lobsang Rabsel, Deputy Director and Miss Dorji Kyi, Programme Manager, attended a three-day conference Strengthening Tibetan Civil Society at Tarabling, Dehradun from April 7-9.
The conference was co-hosted by SOIR-IM, The Tibet Fund and the Tibet Relief Fund. Around 35 representatives from 20 different Tibetan civil society organisations (CSO) and non-government organisations (NGO) gathered for the conference.
"This conference might be the first and the biggest gathering of Tibetan NGOs in exile and th... read more
World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of the autumn equinox in the southern.
On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night.
Seeing storytelling as one of the best means to promote early childhood literacy, World Storytelling Day (WSD) organised by Lha Charitable Trust in collaboration with Ti... read more
On January 6, Lha Charitable Trust distributed 130 super high quality micro-fiber quilts with extra cotton cover to Jampaling Elder's Home and to 30 other needy people in the communities of Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
The free distribution event was graced by the presence of Secretary Mr. Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang and Additional Secretary Ms. Tsewang Dolma of Home Department, Central Tibetan Administration and Mr. Wangchen, Director of Jampaling Elder's Home. Mr. Sonam Topgyal and Mr. Wangchen expressed their heartfelt appreciation to Lha a... read more
On 23rd December 2015, Lha Charitable Trust installed its 24th water purification system at Bir Tibetan Society, as a part of the Lha's Clean Water Project which was funded by Vietnamese Devotees from USA and Canada.
Bir Tibetan Society is a Tibetan refugee settlement in the Himalayan village of Chowgan on the outskirts of the town of Bir, in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. Bir Tibetan Colony was established in the early 1960s by Chokling Rinpoche following the exile of the Dalai Lama and other refugees from Tibet. Currently... read more
On 18th December 2015, Lha installed its 23th reverse osmosis water purification system, through Rotary Club Dharamshala, at Kand Government High School located near lower Dharamshala, Kanyara Road.
This filtration system is funded by Apocolypse Krew Louisiana, USA. Rotary Club President, secretary and other eminent rotary members also took part in this function, and school students performed dances and sung song.
This school is overseen by the Indian Government; there are around 165 students in both high school and primary school, and around... read more
On 11th December 2015, Lha Charitable Trust installed its 22nd water filtration system at Tibetan Children's Village School Gopalpur, as a part of the Lha's Clean Water Project which was funded by Apocolypse Krew, Louisiana, USA.
SOS Tibetan Children's Village at Gopalpur formally became operational in 1997. Spread over a thirty-acre estate in lush green environment with a majestic mountain backdrop, it is now home for the many children coming across the border. Currently there are 1271 children and 137 staff.
The water purification system ... read more
On December 1, Dharamshala community witnessed series of events to observe World AIDS Day with the theme of 'Getting to Zero' at the main square of Mcleog Ganj.
The various HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns such as street procession, free blood test, distribution of pamphlets and condoms, group song, skit performance and awareness talks were jointly organised by Lha Chartiable Trust, Delek Hospital and Dharamshala Rotary Club.
Dr Tenzin Dasel from Delek Hospital gave a HIV/AIDS awareness talk in the afternoon at the Tibetan Settlement office hall... read more
Lha's Environment and Health Officer DemayTseringwas one of 20 participants from various health centres who took partin a four-day HIV counselling training from November 9 – 12 organised by the Department of Health at the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), in collaboration with the Christian Medical College at Vellore, Chennai.
The CTA Counsellors Training Programme on HIV/AIDS is aimed at health workers including nurses, doctors and social workers among the Tibetan community in exile.
The training covered an orientation and overview of HI... read more
Lha Charitable Trust organised an educational talk entitled Key to Academic Success: Your Mindset on November 21 at Tibetan Children's Village Suja School.
The speaker was Mr Gyaltsen, former Education Officer of the Department of Education at the Central Tibetan Administration and a Lha volunteer.
The primary aim of the event was to motivate the students by giving them essential tips on how to become good learners. Mr Gyaltsen explained to students how to foster the right mindset for learning.
He emphasisedthat real learning takes place onl... read more
Lha Charitable Trust's latest dental and clear vision projects have provided medical, dental and eye care assistance to Tibetan refugee communities in Dharamshala, Bir other Himalaya regions, sponsored by the Louisiana Himalayan Association.
This year's programme provided 248 people with medical check-ups,utra sounds, X-rays, blood tests and urine and stool tests, and 92 people were provided with freemedicine.
125 people received dental care including check-ups, cleaning, x-rays, tooth filling, dental scaling, etc, with tooth extractions, nin... read more
Lha's Mass Cleanup this month took place on October 26. Around 70 people took part, including Lha volunteers, students and staff members who enthusiastically tackled the litter around the Temple Road area.
The cleanup was organised by Lha in collaboration with the Clean Upper Dharamshala Programme (CUDP). Lha has been working with the CUDP and other local organisations to keep the town clean and green for several years. The Lha Environment Care Project works at educating the public through our environment website (www.tibetnature.net) and tri-... read more
A talk for Dharamshala parents, Is your child having the right mindset for learning? was held on October 28 at Tibetan Childrens Village Day School in McLeod Ganj, organised by Lha in collaboration with the Parents and Teachers Association of Petoen School, and McleodTCV Day School Parents Association.
The speaker was Mr Gyaltsen, the former Education Officer at the Department of Education, Central Tibetan Administration. The primary aim of the workshop was to inform parents about ways in which they can support their children with learning,and... read more
Lha hosted a group of professional medical practitioners and health care providers from New Orleans, Louisiana as part of Lha's Cutural Exchange Program in this month.
The group came to Dharamshala to learn more about culture and tradition of exile Tibetan community. During their stay, they attended a special talk by Professor Samdhong Rinpoche on the topic "Buddhist view of dying, process of dying and post death experience."
They had an interactive session with Dr Tsetan Dorji Shadutshang, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tenzin Desel, Medical Offi... read more
Lha Charitable Trust won the award for the 'Best Use of Website and Internet Tools' at the 4th South Asia eNGO Challenge 2015, held on 9th October at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Lha got this recognition for its extensive online presence and effective use of digital tools to carry out its activities.The eNGO Challenge aspires to create an ecosystem by recognizing and honouring NGOs which are using Information Communication Technology (ICT) and digital media tools for good governance and practices that are benefiting societies and communitie... read more
Lha hosted a group of 14 students who were participating in our Cultural Exchange Programme, they were from the School of Social Work, 2015 at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and led by Dr Ron Marks, Dean of the School of Social Work and Professor Carolyn Weaver.
They stayed in Dharamshala for around two weeks, visiting the various Tibetan Government-in-Exile departments and non-government organisations to learn about Tibetan community and culture. They participated in the Lha eye and dental care project, part of our Clear Vision ... read more
Dr Dong Giao Tran, his wife, Sanh Hy Ngyuyen and friend, Uyen Trinh who are Vietnamese devotees from US and Canada came to provide a volunteer acupuncture service through Lha. Dr Tran Dong Giao is a traditional Chinese herbalist and an acupuncturist.
They have been providing a volunteer acupuncture treatment to the residents of Jampaling home for elderly people and other patients from the community for two weeks. They've treated 80 people, 50 from Jampaling and 30 other people from the community.
As well as donating their time, the three volu... read more
On 20th September 2015, Lha in collaboration with the Clean Upper Dharamshala Program and Tibetan Women's Association organized a mass clean-up to mark World Massive Clean up Day.The program started from 9:30am with volunteers, students and staff members of Lha distributing brochures in Tibetan, Hindi, and English on environment awareness and management of waste material in the town.There were more than 100 participants including volunteers, students, and representatives who eagerly participated in the mass clean-up.
Some members fr... read more
On the 21st August 2015, Lha Charitable Trust installed its 21st water filtration system as a part of the Clean Water Project at the staff dining hall of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), as a token of our gratitude and to improve the health of the authorities and the staff.
The water filtration system, installed at the general staff dining hall of CTA, is a reverse osmosis system which has 90 liter capacity for hot and cold drinking water. This system is considered as one of the best water purifier with reliable provision of ... read more
In the month of July, Lha hosted four student groups of Rustic Pathway, the American organisation which provides "meaningful student travel and services", organising volunteer and study programmes around the world.
The groups came to Dharamshala to discover and learn about Tibet's culture and traditions. Each group consisted of 12-14 students, and in addition to visits and lectures on different aspects of Tibetan life and culture in exile, every group member spent three hours a day with their Lha student partner. The visiting students were eac... read more
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our long term supporter and friend Mr Hans Deibel, and would like to send our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Mr Deibel was for over 16 years a board member of Tibetfreunde, a Tibet support organisation in Switzerland.
He has been associated with Lha for the past several years, and for the past 20 years he has worked withthe Central Tibetan Administration supporting the Tibetan exile community in the fields of education and health.
His kindness will be cherished forever, as will his contri... read more
Lha Charitable Trust would like to acknowledge and thank the Tibet Fund for the sponsorship they have provided for the Lha soup kitchen.
Their support will enable us to run the Soup Kitchen for another three months, providing nutritious meal for around 50-60 Tibetans every day – people who would otherwise be unable to have access to a healthy diet and sufficient food, and who find it difficult to cater for themselves in India as it is, to them, a new and strange country.
For the period February 1 to June 30 this year, 43 new people have atten... read more
On 28th July, Lha Charitable Trust organized an awareness talk on Hepatitis for the adult students of the Lha language classes to observe the National Hepatitis Day, celebrated every year on the 28th of July. There were more than 45 students who eagerly participated in the awareness talk and asked questions after wards.
Lha aims not only to raise awareness among the general public and infected patients, but also to urgently promote improved access to hepatitis services, particularly prevention interventions.
With 400 million people liv... read more
This month, Lha welcomed two student groups, one from Tulane University and another from the Rustic Pathway.
The Tulane group stayed at Lha's Ahimsa House in McLeod Ganj and during their time with us they explored the town and the Tibetan refugee community and learned about Tibetan culture, Buddhism and the Tibet issue.
The students from both groups took part in different activities around town, including the mutual learning programme. They were introduced to Lha's students and teamed up with their Tibetan learning partners. Every day, the mu... read more
On 27th June, Lha Charitable Trust prepared an awareness talk on HIV/AIDS for the adult students of the Lha language classes. Lha organized this event to educate students about HIV/AIDS in honor of National HIV Testing Day, celebrated every year on the 27th of June. The program involved the encouragement of HIV testing, and information on local opportunities to promote health.
There were more than 45 students who eagerly participated in the awareness talk and stayed afterwards to ask questions. Lha also distributed condoms and brochures on HIV... read more
Symbolizing an act of gratitude to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on his 80th birthday, Lha Charitable Trust (Lha) organized a mass clean-up today, in collaboration with the Clean Upper Dharamshala Program (CUDP), Tibetan Footpath Association, and Tibetan Women's Association.
The program started from 10am with volunteers, students and staff members of Lha distributing brochures in Tibetan, Hindi, and English on environment awareness and management of waste material in the town.
There were more than 135 participants including volunteers, stu... read more
On 10th June 2015, Lha installed its 20th reverse osmosis water purification system under the Clean Water Project at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA).
The LTWA was founded by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in order to preserve the precious manuscripts of Tibet.
The cornerstone for the Library's impressive Tibetan-style building was laid on 11th June 1970 in the hill station of Dharamshala, northern India of the exiled Tibetan community.
Located within the premises of the Central Tibetan Administration, the LTWA was acc... read more
Lha hosted a student group from Centenary College, New Orleans in the United States, this month on the Lha Cultural Exchange Programme.
The group, consisting of nine students and their professor Dr David Otto reached Dharamshala on May 9. The group was here to explore the Tibetan refugee community and to learn more about Tibetan culture, Buddhism and the Tibet issue.
During their stay in Dharamshala the group, led by group leader Michael Smith, took part in different activities including the mutual learning programme and talks on Tibetan tr... read more
On 29th April 2015, Lha installed its 19th reverse osmosis water purification system as a part of Clean Water Project at Delek Hospital, Dharamshala.
Tibetan Welfare Delek Hospital is situated about 2km from Mcleod Ganj. With His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama's blessings, Tibetan Welfare Delek Hospital was officially inaugurated on October 4th, 1971. The hospital was formally handed over to the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on January 1, 1979, and renamed the Tibetan Delek Hospital. Although distinctly autonomous in its administration and... read more
Lha has been installing water filtration systems since 2010 to provide clean water in an effort to combat the problem of poor quality drinking water which causes serious health issues. Sixteen units have been installed in:
11 Tibetan schools, two Indian schools, one nunnery, Lha's soup kitchen, and one old people's home. 7,080 people have benefited directly from the systems, which use a Reverse Osmosis/Carbon/UV process to eliminate all contaminants.
Lha undertakes regular surveys to monitor the installations and their effectiveness an... read more
On 22nd March 2015 (World Water Day), Lha installed its 18th Reverse Osmosis water purification system as a part of Clean Water Project at Sambhota Tibetan School, Dekyiling to mark the year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Sambhota Tibetan School, Dekyiling is located, approximately, 10Kms. Away from Dehradun in Uttarakhand State. It was started on 1st June, 1982 with the aim of providing education for the children of Tibetan refugees re-located from Bhutan. Today it has classes from pre-primary to 8th grade.
The school was formally inaugurat... read more
On 19 Jan, Lha received a group of students from Frostburg State University, Maryland. There were 6 students, 2 professors and a professional film maker. The Group lead by their group leader Mr. Dauglas Bear the Director of Leadership and Experiential Learning at Frostburg State University and Professor Victoria Gearhart.
They were welcomed by Ms. Dukthen Kyi who did an introductory presentation about our organization. Later they were introduced to their mutual learning partner.
The group attended a talk in the afternoon on Tibet's current si... read more
Lha is happy to announce that it has successfully installed the 17th Water Filtration System at Geden Choeling Buddhist Educational Nunnery.
The Geden Choeling Buddhist Educational Society is a Tibetan Nunnery founded in 1973 in the exiled Tibetan community of Dharamshala, India.
It is an important centre of Buddhist Studies for nuns and runs under supervision of the Department of Religion and Culture, Central Tibetan Administration. It is considered as the oldest nunnery in exile and at present there are over 170 nuns studying and liv... read more
Lha has been continuously providing Dental and Eye care assistance to the community for the past six years under its Clear Vision Project. The project was started in 2009 with small surplus budget and has benefited over 745 people with 258 free distributions of eye glasses since then.
This year Lha has successfully accomplished a Free Dental Care and Eye care program in Bir, District of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh. On 14th November, 2014 around 378 people were benefited in different ways such as Teeth check up, cleaning, take out, Medicine, etc.
... read more