Lha’s 11th Clean Water Project

Ponta Tibetan SchoolLha has successfully installed its 11th Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purification System as a part of its Clean Water Project on 6th May 2014 at Sambhota Tibetan School in Paonta, Himachal Pradesh.

Sambhota Tibetan School Paonta Sahib was first established as a primary school in 1968 to provide traditional Tibetan education to the younger generation. After five years it was upgraded as a Senior Secondary School affiliated with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Sambhota Tibetan School is located in the Sirmour District of Himachal Pradesh, and the school’s water supply suffers from a high alkaline content. Because the school is located on a flat and low lying area there is also the danger of ground water contamination due to the large scale use of chemicals by local farmers. For these reasons, Lha Charitable Trust has taken the initiative to install a water filtration system to provide safe drinking water to the students and the staff of the school. The water filter is benefiting 354 students and 65 staffmembers.

Ponta Tibetan School 2The filter is an RO+UV+ UF and TTS, considered one of the best filtered water systems available in the area. It will provide more than 100 litres of clean drinking water per hour to the students, faculty and staff of the school. The filtration system includes a stainless steel tank with a 500 litre holding capacity. We hope that this water purification system will alleviate major waterborne illnesses like typhoid and cholera which children commonly suffer from in this region, especially during the monsoon season. We believe that the system will contribute to maintaining a high level of general health among the students.

Lha, on the behalf of the students and staff of the Sambhota Tibetan School, would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Heidi Kieselstein Family, U.S.A, who sponsored this project, benefitting both Tibetans living in exile and the local population. Lha plans to install five more water filtration systems this year.