NORLHA is a not-for-profit, non-political, non-religious, non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Its membership is open to all (for a small membership fee) and consists essentially of private individuals.

Founded in 2005, NORLHA has built its operational expertise and implementation capacity in community development in the district of Sershul in Tibet (China) as well as the districts of Humla, Dhading and Rasuwa (Nepal) and in Bhutan. NORLHA’s areas of focus are:

  • Agriculture
  • Environment
  • Income generation
  • Gender
  • Capacity development

NORLHA works in collaboration with local groups, in order to achieve results that are effective, culturally appropriate, equitable and participatory.

NORLHA depends on voluntary contributions and donations which it manages in accordance with the highest ethical and administrative standards. The organization is a full member of the Fédération Vaudoise de Cooperation, a body mandated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) to oversee the implementation and quality of development projects of the Vaud Canton’s NGOs, and to provide advice on their relevance and effectiveness.

Read Norlha’s Strategic Vision for 2011-2020.

Norlha is a Tibetan word meaning Providence or, literally, “Goddess of Prosperity.” It is called upon by communities when the basic needs of subsistence are not met and they wish to improve their living conditions.