Gharden’s story is one of determination and hope. He was forced to flee his home country of Tibet due to political instability, leaving behind friends and family. Despite his concerns for those still in Tibet, he made the difficult decision to escape to India, where he waited for years until his brother could join him in Australia.
The journey to Australia was not without its challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed his visa, but after reapplying, he was finally approved and arrived in Australia in late 2022. Upon arrival, he was welcomed by the Tibetan Community Association and began receiving social assistance. Despite not speaking any English, he was determined to make a new life for himself in Australia.
When Gharden joined MTC Australia’s Workforce Australia program, we arranged translation services for his appointments so we could understand what type of support he needed. Gharden’s Health and Wellbeing Coach, Jonathan, also provided him with technical support, setting up his myGov account and showing him how to submit his reports.
Jonathan helped Gharden enrol in the Adult Migrant English Program at TAFE NSW, where he is learning practical skills as well as confidence when it comes to using English appropriately in everyday life.
Gharden is grateful for the freedom and dignity that Australia has given him after the political tragedy he experienced in Tibet. He dreams of one day being able to give back to society and use his experiences to help others by teaching them how best to deal with difficult situations using compassion and knowledge gained through experience.
He is grateful for the assistance he has received along the way and for the new relationships and friendships he has formed.
Gharden is a man who refused to give up hope and persevered through difficult circumstances to build a new life in Australia. He is a testament to the kindness of those who helped him along the way and a reminder that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.