Belgium (11/01/2014) : To live in exile is not always easy for Tibetans. Especially newcomers are facing a lot
of problems and worries. To live in a new country is a big change. First there is the asylum case, later they have to adapt to a new life and lifestyle, learn a new language, follow a training, find a job, fulfill administrative obligations…
In Belgium there are Tibet supporters with a heart for Tibet who already offer help to their Tibetan friends on a personal level for several years. The Belgian Tibet association Tibetan-Flemish Circle of Friends (Tibetaanse-Vlaamse Vriendenkring) has taken the initiative to set up a Working Group for Help for Tibetans in Flanders, to join forces and to share the knowledge.
Dennis Barbion, President of Tibetan-Flemish Circle of Friends, and Founder, President and Coordinator of “Help for Tibetans in Flanders”:
“Our team members of ‘Help for Tibetans in Flanders’ are a contact and help point in case a Tibetan has problems or difficulties. The Tibetans can contact one of our coworkers and explain the problem so that we can look for help or a solution. Our team has the cooperation of a very good lawyer specialized in refugee laws whom we work closely together with. All the people of this initiative ‘Help for Tibetans in Flanders’ and all the board members and coworkers of our association are volunteers.”
The Working Group offers help in different ways. Dennis Barbion: “We give advice and provide information about their asylum procedure, and we help them with difficulties with their administration, for example letters in Dutch they don’t understand, or formalities they need to fulfill. We also give assistance in case of troubles on social or medical level. We maintain close contact with the members of our Working Group, and share our knowledge and information.”
Tibetan-Flemish Circle of Friends is an official, registered NGO based in Belgium. Since 2007 the association is providing assistance to the Tibetan community on social, educational and cultural level. The Tibet group has social projects for the Tibetan refugees in India and organizes cultural events like exhibitions and lectures about Tibet, buddhist prayer sessions etc. in Belgium.
Contact: Dennis Barbion, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Website (in Dutch): www.tibetvlaanderen.be.,
Facebook page (in English): www.facebook.com/
Dennis Barbion is a Tibet supporter, Buddhist and human rights activist based in Belgium. Currently he is the President of Tibetaanse-Vlaamse Vriendenkring (Tibetan-Flemish Circle of Friends) and Associate Director of Tibetan Social Service and Coordinator of the TSS Belgium Chapter. To contact Dennis Barbion: email@example.com.
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