The Tibetan Cultural Society of B.C. and Project Tibet Society are working together to sponsor the Tibetan Newcomers to Canada.


The Government of Canada is facilitating the immigration to Canada of up to 1,000 Tibetans living in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in India, at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Canada's Tibetan community. We are thankful to the Canadian Government for supporting and fast-tracking the permanent residency of the Tibetans from Arunachal Pradesh and providing them with the invaluable path to Canadian citizenship. However, no funding of any kind is being provided. All costs to support the Tibetan newcomers must come from private donations of generous Canadians like you. 

The newly incorporated Project Tibet Society ("PTS") is overseeing the program. With Tibetan Cultural Associations like The Tibetan Cultural Society of B.C (TCSBC), Tibet supporters, along with faith groups across Canada, PTS has now established local committees to oversee the program which ends in 2016. By contributing to TCSBC today in our sponsorship of Tibetan newcomers you will be giving them an opportunity for a new life in Canada.

If you would like to donate to the TCSBC's Sponsorship of Tibetan Newcomers to British Columbia, please click on this DONATE NOW button.

Click here to let us know how you would like to help the Tibetan Resettlement Project.

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An Opportunity to Help

Please consider partnering with our organization or other non-profit and faith groups to support the resettlement of up to 200 Tibetan newcomers into B.C. alone. 

Visit our How to help the Tibet Resettlement Project page to let us know how you would like to help and support a Tibetan Newcomer.

Despite India's historical help with Tibetan refugees by providing resettlement services, special schools, and land, Tibetans are still registered as foreigners with their status having to be renewed every 6 to 12 months. Tibetans are in effect, "stateless" and a more durable solution is needed for Tibetans to thrive. The future is also uncertain for those living in Arunachal Pradesh because it is disputed territory between India and China.

Canadians are a generous people and supporting the sponsorship of Tibetan newcomers to go from the challenges of a life of hardship and "statelessness" to a new life and path to Canadian citizenship is a tremendous act of generosity. With sponsorship support, these Tibetans will be allowed to come into Canada under the agreement between PTS and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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Ways You Can Help Support TCSBC Sponsoships

The beauty and livability of British Columbia are world-renowned. Unfortunately, it is also well known that the cost of living here, particularly in the Lower Mainland is high. We would appreciate help in any of the areas discussed below which would relieve the cost of sponsorship. 

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Funding

You may donate directly to TCSBC and specify that you wish your donation to support the resettlement project. Just fill out the DONATION FORM and send to TCSBC. You may also contact tcsbcpresident@gmail.com about your donation. Your donation to TCSBC will be tax deductible.

When donating consider an amount that will pay for the cost of one or more of the following for an individual newcomer or group of newcomers:

Monthly rent for group of newcomers in Tibetan Transition Home  $3500
Monthly housing rent for individual  $600
Monthly hook-up costs (telephone, internet, cable)  $100
Monthly bus/skytrain pass  $125
Monthly living allowance  $400
Furnish apartment  $1500
Household startup costs (bedding, linen)  $325
Food staples (rice, flour, sugar)  $175
Clothing  $500
Private Health Insurance until B.C. MSP eligibility  $300
Groceries for a month  $200
Groceries for a week  $50

 

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Donations in-kind

Please also consider donating items that will be useful to the newcomers. For example:

Furniture: chairs, bedding, new mattress, table
Electronics: Computer, TV, cell phone
Kitchenware: cooking utensils, cutleries, plates, mugs, microwave
Toiletries: Towels, soaps, shampoo, new toothbrush, toothpaste
Clothing

Food staples (rice, flour, sugar)

 


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Jobs

Finding employment for the Tibetan newcomers is absolutely essential for their well-being, as well as being a major contributing factor to the success of the project as a whole.

The English level of the Tibetan newcomers varies from low to high and it's in their best interest to continue to upgrade their English level to not only enjoy their new life in Canada but also to prepare for the workplace environment in B.C. Often English language training is only part of the week so while they are upgrading their English they are keen to work as well. If you are aware of any full or part-time opportunities, whether entry level (for example, warehouse work, cleaning, stocking products in a supermarket, laborer on construction site) or requiring more expertise and training (home care, using computer applications, word processing, data entry) please contact us at tcsbcresettlement@gmail.com

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Housing

Transitional temporary housing or the Tibetan Transition Home is currently being sought for the next round of Tibetan newcomers scheduled to arrive later in 2014. Please let us know at tcsbcresettlement@gmail.com if you can contribute in any way either by a donation to help out with rent, are able to contribute or recommend a good home with reasonable rent, or even a spare bedroom or basement suite that may act as a backup transitional housing until the newcomers can afford rent on the open market.

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Mentorship

A key aspect of TCSBC's resettlement plan is matching mentors to a Tibetan newcomer or family. With the help of TCSBC and settlement service organizations like MOSAIC or Immigration Services Society of B.C., you would be responsible for helping orient the newcomer to the Canadian way of life. You would not be expected to contribute financially to the newcomer's sponsorship unless you choose to donate to TCSBC for that purpose (as discussed above). Rather, you would help them with the practical aspects of settlement including learning how to use the local transportation system, help them make good choices about where to shop thrifty, advise on job search and be a companion to listen and answer questions. TCSBC in addition to the settlement services agencies mentioned above will support you in this endeavor.

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Interested in working or learning more about TCSBC?

If you are interested in working with TCSBC to help with the sponsorship of Tibetan newcomers to B.C. please contact us at tcsbcresettlement@gmail.com. Also please visit http://www.projecttibetsociety.ca/ to learn more about the project and find the forms to fill out for sponsorship.

Check out this YouTube video, showing the first arrivals of Tibetan Resettlement program to Vancouver on the 14th of December, 2013: HIS HOLINESS THE 14TH DALAI LAMA IN VANCOUVER TO SUPPORT DISPLACED TIBETANS (short video)