Dharamshala: - A spokesperson for a European charity for exiled Tibetans has urged beneficiaries to “be honest” and not “misuse” charitable trusts.
Kathrin Mullner, from the Austrian branch of Save Tibet, made the comments during a ten-day tour of Dharamshala, when she and colleagues Hardy and Andrea Lutzky visited Tibetan institutions including the Tibetan Children's Village (TCV), Jampaling old people's home, and the Environment Desk of the Central Tibetan Administration's Department of Information and International Relations.
Asked on October 16 if she had a message for Tibetans living in exile, she said, “My message to the Tibetans is to be honest and not to misuse any trust.
“I think if Tibetans here are really in need, then Austrians are willing to help, but they (beneficiaries) shouldn't misuse this trust and if they are not in real need then they should be very honest and not only think of money.”
About 1,200 Austrian sponsors support Tibetan school children and elderly people through the charity.
Ms Mullner also advised exiled Tibetans living in India not to settle in Europe, stating that many Tibetans living in the West are in danger of feeling “lost” when separated from their community.
“I think that it's better for Tibetans here to stay in India rather than come to Europe or to other western countries," she said, "because they will not be happy there.