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The Louisiana Himalaya Association (LHA) is a 501c3 nonprofit social work organization dedicated to improving the lives of Tibetan refugees, and to making ancient Tibetan wisdom traditions available to the world. LHA is COMPLETELY volunteer-staffed and all our volunteers cover their own expenses. From the New Orleans office space to accounting and legal services, ALL RESOURCES and work hours are DONATED by our Board of Directors and other members of the LHA team, rendering LHA 100% free of overhead expenses. 100% of donations to LHA go directly to the actual social service projects for which they are donated.
Tibetans who’ve made the treacherous escape by foot over the Himalayas to India seeking asylum face huge resettlement issues. Since 1997, LHA has helped them to find housing, healthcare, employment, education and more. And Tibetans have much to offer in return. For more than 2,000 years, Tibetan culture has been developing ways of coming to know the human mind and spirit—a tradition that can help us confront a modern world facing enormous challenges. LHA works with a variety of schools and organizations, including Tulane and Loyola Universities and LSU Medical School, Ochsner Medical Center and the Louisiana Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO) and other local, national and international groups to host Tibetan scholars and organize cultural events. These schools and other organizations send groups to India each year who volunteer for social service activities and learn directly from the Tibetan people.
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