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Organizing student exchange groups and arranging student groups and volunteers’ stay in Lha’s Ahimsa House has enabled Lha to raise revenue to become more self-sufficient and sustainable in providing our daily social services, including our multi-language and computer classes.

By making a donation, you can support Lha’s efforts to: • • •

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Provide free social services to Tibetan refugees and the local Indian community Expand and improve our programs, such as the Community Soup Kitchen Support Tibetan refugees with educational and health services, as well as the skills and assistance needed to build a new life in exile Provide printed and online information services Create awareness about the Tibetan refugee situation and preserve the endangered Tibetan culture

MATERIAL DONATIONS are crucial to aiding and supporting the local refugee community. Lha’s donation drop-off center accepts items including medicines, clothing, books, office and classroom supplies, kitchen equipments, used laptops and electronics, etc. Items are distributed each month to those most in need.

Lha Office Temple Road, McLeod Ganj 176219 Dharamshala, Distt. Kangra, H.P. INDIA


‘Lha’ is a sacred Tibetan word that means awakened state of mind and the fundamental nature of goodness. Lha Charitable Trust is a grass-roots, 12AA and 80G non-profit which was founded in 1997 and registered as a charitable trust by the Indian Government in 2005. As one of the largest Tibetan social work organizations based in Dharamshala, India, we aim to provide vital resources for Tibetan refugees, the local Indian population and people from the Himalayan regions. Lha has continuously provided vital resources to those in need for over 18 years. Lha plays a crucial role in facilitating the transition of Tibetan refugees from their homeland into the Indian community by providing longterm rehabilitation and education resources. On a daily basis, Lha serves over 200 people, hosts between 15 and 25 volunteers and provides up to 25 different services including on average 50 to 60 meals per day for people who need it. Lha’s financial accounts are audited annually by a government approved chartered accountant and tax return certificates are issued by income tax department, Government of India. Lha comprises many different local and international contributors. The organization is managed by local Tibetan refugees who draw their expertise from firsthand knowledge of what it means to be in exile. To supplement staff efforts, Lha is fuelled by volunteers and generous donors from around the world, and partners with local and international NGOs. Each year, programs and services are adjusted to meet the conditions and needs of the region, yet the commitment remains constant: to generate an atmosphere of harmony and cooperation within the community by tending to the needs of the impoverished and underprivileged.


Lha Charitable Trust

Institute For Social Work & Education

Lha is a resource of education and knowledge that provides meaningful multi-leveled social service for the benefit of others. Phone: +91 (0)1892-220992 Cell: +91 (0) 9882323455 Email:

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Lha provides approximately 25 programs and services daily to benefit Tibetan refugees and the local community including:

Lha offers a wide array of long and short-term as well as prearranged and drop-in volunteer opportunities at no cost for both individuals and groups. Lha utilizes the talents and skills of volunteers to benefit the community and provide meaningful experiences.

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Language Classes - English, French, Chinese & German Computer & IT Courses Photography Training Free Medicine, Books & Clothing Distribution Health Services, Hygiene & HIV/AIDS Education Eye Exams, Glasses & Dental Assistance Environmental Awareness Community Library Contact Magazine - Community Newspaper Community Soup Kitchen Clean Water Project

SERVICES FOR FOREIGN VISITORS Lha offers visitors a variety of low-cost services and courses to experience genuine Tibetan culture. Income generated from these services helps to provide staff salaries and general operating expenses, while moving Lha towards its goal of organizational self sustainability. Services include:

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Cultural Exchange Tibetan Homestay Volunteer Reception & Orientation Volunteering opportunities & Coordination Providing Information Translation Services Donation Center Lha Fair Trade

LHA QUICK FACTS 2003-2014 • 57,900 free copies of Contact Magazine published and distributed since 2009 • 33,340 free books distributed to Tibetan and local Indian schools and libraries • 33,200 articles of clothing collected and distributed through the donation center • 10,317 students benefited from our language courses • 6291 volunteers from 40 different countries contributed to Lha’s work • 2,748 students benefited from our computer and IT workshops • 1229 students from international education institutes participated in cultural exchange programs

Lha has ongoing needs for professionals in the areas listed below, but all volunteers from different walks of life are welcomed. • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Language & Computer teachers Project professionals Fundraisers & Grant Writers Computer & IT professionals Web Designers Chefs & Cooks Editors and Journalists Massage therapists Instructors Medical & Healthcare professionals Environmental professionals E-marketing professionals Business Consulting professionals Fashion Designers


Contact Lha’s Volunteer Coordinator or visit:

Thank you for your interest and time!

• 633 students received our recommendation letters to comply with Indian government regulations • 485 people attended Lha yoga classes • 415 people benefited from dental services through the Tibetan Smiles dental care project • 367 people received free eye check-up & glasses provided to 258 people through the Clear Vision project. • 258 people benefited from the Soup Kitchen, feeding 50 to 60 people who are in need on a daily basis • 169 students graduated from massage courses • 67 people graduated from the Lha photography course • 18 water filtration systems installed, providing more than 7000 people with pure drinking water • launched Professor Samdhong Rinpoche’s website and a felicitation book in gratitude to Rinpoche on his 75th birthday celebration.

Lha Brochure (short) 2015  

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