The Canadian government has recognized the difficult situation the Tibetan refugees are in and has permitted a number of them entry to Canada as sponsored refugees. This means that, unlike other immigrants who are ‘sponsored’ by the government and thus get support from it to help them settle, the sponsors of these Tibetan refugees are the ones responsible for all.
Now, don’t get me wrong – they sponsors are quite happy with that! And charity delivered directly from those who want to help to those who need the help is always kinder, more human-touch as well as more efficient than any help government would provide!
Yet, the more of us are helping, the more of us will feel great – and the more people will benefit, become happy Canadians, and lend a helping hand in their own turn. I know, because earlier in my life, when I first escaped the persecution in my native land, I was so grateful for all the help I received from individuals first in Austria, then in Canada that now I am doing well, it makes me very, very happy to lend a helping hand in my turn.
So, please, help if you can – you’ll feel better for it!
Update: For those for whom the above graphic does not show up (my apologies):
Come celebrate Tibetan New Year
February 21st, 2014, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
First Unitarian Congregation, 30 Cleary Ave., Ottawa
Suggested minimum donation is $30.00
RSVP Jose 613-263-2388, firstname.lastname@example.org