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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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.
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  • About Lha

    Lha Charitable Trust is a grass-roots, 12AA & 80G non-profit and one of the largest Tibetan social...

  • Lha Advisory Board

    Jampa Tseri ng Jampa Tsering was the Founder of Lha Charitable Trust. He also co-founded LHA...

  • Lha History

    Since 1959, Tibetans living in Tibet have been subject to the strict and repressive policies of...

  • Lha Mission Statement

    STATEMENT Lha is a resource of education and knowledge that provides meaningful, multi-leveled...

  • Lha Partners

    Louisiana Himalaya association Inc. (LHA) The Louisiana Himalaya Association Inc. (LHA) is a...

  • Lha's Trust & Staff Member

       Trust Chairman & Executive Director Mr. Ngawang Rabgyal was born in 1977. As a boy he studied...

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