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Lha Charitable Trust is raising funds for the development and maintenance of a Tibetan environmental website.

Lha Charitable Trust is a non-profit social work organization registered as a charitable trust in India. Lha has been providing much needed social services to the exiled Tibetan community in India since 1997. Our organization is unique in the range and quality of services we offer, all of which are free of charge. These services include five different levels of English classes, two different levels of French classes, three different levels of Chinese classes, two different levels of Spanish classes, two levels of computer classes, yoga classes, health and environmental education awareness, volunteer coordination, distribution of clothes and medicines and many other activities. We also help facilitate an easy transition for the Tibetan refugee community and provide long-term rehabilitation resources.

THE TIBETAN NATURAL ENVIRONMENT CONSERVATION NETWORK

Lha India is aiming to raise funds for the opening and management of a Tibetan website which will provide comprehensive information on environmental and wildlife conservation issues in Tibet. Currently, there is no website that provides such information in the Tibetan language.

Since Chinese occupation in 1950, Tibet’s prior environmentally conscious policies have been usurped. The extensive logging of forests along with increased mining activities, damming of rivers and dumping of nuclear waste have left the environment in crisis. The colonial policy of transferring Chinese population into Tibet has dramatically increased the population, thus causing a severe drain on Tibet’s natural resources. Furthermore, the poaching of wildlife has increased to the extent that many species are on the verge of extinction.

As China continues to enforce with renewed intensity its colonial policies in Tibet, the need for a renaissance of ancient Tibetan values that treasure the environment and show compassion to the wildlife has become paramount. In order to convey this environmentally conscious message among Tibetans living both within and outside of Tibet, the most effective medium of mass communication is the internet. A Tibetan environmental website is essential in order to connect all Tibetans on these significant environmental dilemas.

A WEBSITE IN TIBETAN

Although websites run by the Tibetans in and outside Tibet are numerous and provide a wide variety of information, an overwhelming majority of these are in English or other major world languages. Only a handful few websites are in Tibetan. Out of these, the websites managed from inside Tibet carry no more than Chinese propaganda, while the remaining few run by the Tibetan exiles are news websites. As of today, there is not even a single website that provides in Tibetan comprehensive information on issues related with environment and wildlife.

Funds are being solicited for opening and managing a website which will provide comprehensive information on the following:

1) The traditional Tibetan values of reverence towards environment, which is based on the Buddhist concept of interdependence, or dependent-origination theory, and of love and compassion towards wildlife.

2) The global movement for the protection of bio-diversity, including current state of global environment and endangered species, international laws on environment protection, etc.

3) Tibetan translation of important news articles on environment and wildlife.

4) English and Chinese translation of information that are originally in Tibetan and provided by the website.

5) His Holiness the Dalai Lama's speeches on the preservation of environment and wildlife, as well as the speeches and writings of various eminent leaders of all four schools of Tibetan Buddhism,

6) A detailed information about the series of mass burning of animal hides that took place across the length of Tibet last year, following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's public appeal against using or trafficking in wildlife products.

7) Major research papers on the state of Tibet's environment.

8) The website will also feature the entire content of my book based on my several years of research on Tibet's bio-diversity. The book was published in 2008 with the assistance of the Wildlife Protection Society of India and the US-based Sacharuna Foundation.

Please give generously to help Tibetans across the globe connect and communicate on important environmental issues!

Ngawang Rabgyal
Director of Lha Charitable Trust
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