The Louisiana Himalaya Association (LHA) supports the 12 Tibetan staff members of LHA Charitable Trust in Dharamsala, India. Our Tibetan partners have now shifted their main focus to Covid Relief Operations. They are working to support the efforts of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the Delek Hospital Staff.
These dedicated staffers provide vital services to their community, and make our world better. They are responsible for projects in education, clean water, food distribution, medical/dental/eye care, environmental programs and much more. Their salaries enable them to do this important work, and to support their families.
The video attached is an example of one of the many innovative changes the staff made to adjust to the pandemic. They transformed the LHA soup kitchen into a meals on wheels program!
For 20 years, LHA has hosted volunteer and cultural exchange group trips to the Himalayas, using funds generated by these groups to pay these salaries. In 2020, due to COVID19, all group trips were cancelled, and most have already been cancelled for 2021. Since LHA's work is based in India, with no paid employees in the USA, LHA did not receive stimulus aid from the US government.
We're happy to announce that, thanks to LHA's savings, the whole staff remained fully-employed thus far. We are hopeful that, with your help, we can continue to support them throughout 2021. They earn an average salary for the Dharamsala area – about $250 per month for full-time employment (40 hours), an annual salary of just under $3,000. They have graciously offered to work at reduced salaries if needed. Even a modest financial gift can make a substantial impact in the life of a service worker earning at this level.
Friends of LHA experiencing financial challenges from the pandemic can still help this endeavor by promoting it far and wide. Please help us reach our goal of $33,000 to ensure our Tibetan staff can continue providing vital services and supporting their families throughout 2021!
Some good news is that the IRS is helping charities by offering a new charitable tax deduction rule, due to COVID19, (https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/special-300-tax-deduction-helps-most-people-give-to-charity-this-year-even-if-they-dont-itemize ). If you donate up to $300 to a charity, even if you don't itemize deductions, you will get all of it back in the form of a $300 tax deduction or as a tax refund addition . It's one easy line to fill in on your tax return!
Lets keep LHA's Tibetan staff fully employed to continue the vital social services they so graciously provide while supporting their families.
You are much appreciated.
Thanks for your support !
Neil E Guidry