Connecting Through Art

By Ben Byrne  /  March 31, 2017

Tenzin Rabgyal is working in his simple studio in McLeod Ganj. There are no computers, no desks and very few distractions; it is a peaceful place by necessity. Tenzin works sitting cross legged on the floor, his painting mounted in front of him. Making the occasional ruckus, Rock, a Pug read more →

Volunteer Story of the Month: A Come Back to Give Back

By Philomène Franssen  /  March 31, 2017

Volunteer Job at Lha: French teacher and Contact writer Googling “organisations for Tibetan refugees in India” is what I did, Lha is what I found. Earlier, India had been my adopted home for nine years and I was determined to return, but this time to put my teaching skills at read more →

“I was born to serve my country”

By Philomène Franssen  /  March 17, 2017

Lhamo Tsering, who is in charge of the Tibet Museum, the official museum of the Central Tibetan Administration’s Department of Information and International Relations, says she has now found “her dream job”. There, everyday she is in contact with visitors from all over the world who come to the museum read more →

Volunteering With Young Children

By Graham Henderson  /  February 23, 2017

Volunteer Job at Lha : Contact writer and helped with transcription for the website The children still talk about the Chinese government. At first, they asked why the Chinese government was so mean to the Tibetans, why didn’t they like Tibetans. As their understanding grew, they incorporated the story into read more →

Finding Contentment

By Tenzin Dadon  /  December 7, 2016

Students are flocking to Lha’s English classes as word gets around of the excellent teacher there. Dadon is teaching while taking a break from her medical career and we asked her to share her story with us. I was born and raised in a very loving environment. A caring mother, read more →

A Surge of Wanderlust

By Dhriti Agarwal  /  December 7, 2016

Thanks to an existential crisis and a surge of wanderlust, the day after my half yearly exam found me squeezed in a train compartment heading towards the melting pot of several cultures- Mcleond Ganj. I was planning on practising the Buddhist principle of selflessness and hence volunteering at the Ropgpa read more →

A Wise Woman

By Jenny James  /  November 27, 2016

Dolma Yangchen is an inspiration to Tibetan women everywhere. A campaigner and an activist, she has proved herself fearless in a man’s world, undaunted by bureaucracy and irrepressible in the face of reluctance. She is proud to have served her fellow Tibetans for 35 years. What has driven her to read more →

A Smile That Defies China

By Charlotte Wigram - Evans  /  November 11, 2016

How much suffering does it take to wipe a smile off someone’s face forever? Ven Bagdro’s body still bears the scars from Chinese torture chambers, he still sees as though it were yesterday his baby sister dead, his fellow monks slaughtered, the look in his mother’s eyes as they said read more →

Managing Perfectly Well

By Neil Roberts  /  November 1, 2016

When I made the decision earlier this year to see more of the world, I knew exactly where I wanted to go first.I contacted Lha, offering my services as a volunteer English teacher, and arrived in McLeod Ganj on August 20. McLeod Ganj is the strangest of places. A refugee read more →

Bringing Film to the Himalayas

By Theadora Walsh  /  October 20, 2016

Though neither Ritu Sarin nor Tenzing Sonam was born in Himachal Pradesh, the filmmaking couple were drawn to Dharamshala. Ritu’s family is from the area and Tenzing saw many Tibetans, including his parents, take refuge in the former hill station when the Indian government chose it as the exile capital. read more →

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