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!

Payable to: Lha Charitable Trust
Lha Office Temple Road, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, 176219
Distt Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

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Tibetan Eco-Website project

To support Lha’s objective of preserving the Tibetan culture and environment, funds are currently needed for the smooth running, development and management of our Tibet Nature website (in Tibetan and English version). The Tibet Nature website provides deep knowledge on current environmental issues which includes translation, update, research and production of related documents to create awareness across the globe.

Destruction of the Tibetan environment has global implications. The Tibetan plateau is the world's third pole, with its vast ice fields giving rise to waterways that influence the lives of about 85% of Asia's population, or 47% of the world population downstream. The Tibetan Plateau is the principal watershed of Asia and as many as 10 major rivers originate here.

This fragile ecology is now under threat due to excessive exploitation of natural resources (particularly logging of the virgin forests, extensive mining, damming of rivers, dumping of nuclear waste and population increases due to Chinese policy of resettling Chinese people in Tibet). One forecast warns that 80 percent of the glacial area in Tibet could disappear by 2035.

Tibetan culture has always strongly upheld traditional values of reverence towards the environment, which is based on the Buddhist concept of interdependence. This website, (which would be the first of its kind written in Tibetan), will help keep this culture alive.

The site will also disseminate important and valuable information to the Tibetan and Himalayan population both locally and around the world, on the global movement for the protection of bio-diversity (including current state of global environment and endangered species, international laws on environment protection, etc.) please visit Tibet Nature website: www.tibetnature.net

To help achieve its organizational objectives Lha is seeking funds to complete its clean water project which focusses on the provision of clean drinking water at identified areas of need in Dharamsala.

Whilst Dharamsala receivers the second highest rainfall in India, the community suffers from the effects of both polluted drinking water and water shortages. This is due to inadequate water storage facilities and outdated drainage and septic systems which are simply overwhelmed by heavy monsoon rains.

The large numbers of refugees living in poverty means that they are forced to rely on India's inadequate public water system. According to a 2009 survey, 94% of Tibetan refugees drink tap water because few can afford to regularly buy filtered water.

Illnesses caused by contaminated drinking water include chronic gastro intestinal problems (including extreme diarrhea), with typhoid and cholera also regularly reported in the Tibetan refugee community. These illnesses can all prove to be fatal.

Contaminated water is not only being used for drinking but also for cooking, thus exacerbating pre-existing nutritional issues and adding to a low level of health within the community. Furthermore, these health issues mean that many children are unable to attend school and adults are unable to go to work, which adds to the challenges faced by the refugee community on a day to day basis.

LHA has tried to address this problem for the most vulnerable segments of the refugee population through a project of installing point-of-service water filtration systems. LHA has identified nine critical sites for these installations (mostly schools) and since 2010 has been able to put four units in service. The Reverse osmosis / Ultraviolet systems used also includes a five hundred liter storage tank which provides an emergency / reserve water supply in the event of a power outage, water shortage or other problems.

Lha is seeking monetary support to install systems at the five additional identified sites, which include both schools and monasteries in the area.

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