The Tibetan Community in the Netherlands unanimously voted to buy a property for a community hall. It was an outcome of rigorous 4-hour long presentations, guest speeches, question and answer session and finally the voting, on July 3.
The Tibetan Community organised this special general meeting of Tibetans in the country to discuss and to vote whether the community should buy a property for a community hall.
The acute need for a community hall has been felt for a long time. Its primary needs are to house the weekend school, to cater to community social activities and also to have a convenient venue for Tibetan meetings during visits from officials from the Central Tibetan Administration.
The very well attended meeting was addressed by many guests and the Community leaders. Vice President Karma Ngawang introduced the subject of discussion. He went through every document, made available to everyone complete with a file, thoroughly.
President Wangchuk reported about his and Vice President’s travel to India and Nepal for seeking support towards the project. Secretary Dawa Tsering made regular and useful interventions periodically.
Ms. Tsering Jampa, Executive Director, ICT Europe spoke for the need for a community hall and the various ways how supports could be obtained. Mr. Etienne Wolfs presented legal and property options for the project. Mr. Samdho Jampa, member of the Tibetan parliament from Europe gave many directives to enable smooth and proper acquisition of such an asset.
Chief Guest Representative Tashi Phuntsok gave a brief update of political activities in Europe, namely 41st Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva, the EU elections and nominations to the leading posts and the efforts being made for the re-establishment of Tibet Intergroup in the European Parliament. In addition, he informed the gathering on the various meetings by Tibetan Community leaders on the purchase of the property with various CTA leaders and the meticulous work done by the community leaders to achieve the aim. He concluded his speech with a strong appeal to the Tibetans to preserve and uphold Tibetan unique and positive qualities which distinguish them.