OBAT HELPERS INC

Rating: 4.74 stars   27 reviews

Issues: International, Economic Development

Location: 1100 W. 42nd St Ste. 125 A Indianapolis IN 46208 USA

Mission: Our mission is to work for the welfare, support and rehabilitation of indigent, stateless and displaced people. The primary focus is to alleviate the suffering of thousands of stateless people stranded in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Our goal is to provide them with better living conditions, education and economic empowerment.
Target demographics: the Urdu speaking community also known as stranded Pakistanis perishing in slum like camps since 42 years,
Geographic areas served: Bangladesh
Programs: 7 schools 4 tutoring centers 4 computer training centers 2 health clinics; 1 mobile health clinic A microfinance program Vocational centers- 2 sewing training centers Community projects such as building of latrines, drains and sewers Construction of tubewells for clean drinking water-6 tubewells

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

I visited the OBAT English school in Dhaka and was incredibly impressed by the work being carried out. The staff were well trained, the students were bright and intelligent and the experience was extremely positive. In fact, I'm not sure I've visited a non-profit before where I felt so much good work was being done. The organisation doesn't just run schools but also training centers, health clinics, and infrastructure projects in the camps. It is well run, efficient, cost-effective and makes a practical, tangible difference to the lives of those living in the camps on a daily basis. I only hope it can continue to do such good work, without which the residents of the camps in Bangladesh would suffer terribly.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

Since 2009 I have been working in Bangladesh with members of the camp-dwelling Urdu-speaking community, who OBAT Helpers serve. My encounters since that time with OBAT have been consistently positive, observing strong leadership and vision, enthusiastic and invested community-based staff, and youth who are just as enthused to get involved in activities and be empowered to become change makers in their community. Understanding the current needs of the camp residents and being in tune with global develop best-practices, OBAT has created the ''OBAT Think Tank" as a vehicle of youth activism and their "Clean and Green" campaign which emphasizes the role of the built environment in public health and safety. Well done OBAT Helpers and keep up the good work!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NGO politics is a complicated issue in the camps (as it is anywhere), and I see OBAT as a leader in coordinating with other NGOs so each could provide a unique set of services and in this way be more effective in addressing the variety of needs had by the camp residents.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I first started working with OBAT Helpers I thought it would help out, make my stamp and move on to the next project. A few years later I am still trying to make to make a simple footprint. The president of the organization Anwar Khan is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. His vision for the forgotten people grows ever year. This organization is dedicated to making the world a better place, by building the people in need.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

OBAT helpers is focused to bring change in the lives of people forgotten by others. OBAT has taken an initiative to improve the quality of life for the stateless forgotten people.
I am impressed by the self empowerment projects lead by the organization. The organizational goals and objectives are aligned with its mission. The transparency gives confidence to its donors for their contribution of resources, time, and effort.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help create more chapters to expand its work locally and/or globally.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  


OBAT Helpers has a very practical and specific goal with powerful approach towards helping stranded Pakistani in various camps in Bangladesh. This organization is moving forward and bringing hope and changes in the lives of most forgetable people. One of the goal is to return a sense of dignity and self empowerment to these victims of history who live in these camps without hope for the last 40 plus years.

OBAT works in the areas of education, health, and micro-finance. With the help of Obat helpers, I believe that these people who are in camps will get back soon their identity and pride.



If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would open more centers

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am really proud to be a volunteer and member of this great organization for the past 2 years. Based on my experiences in working with different non-profit organizations, so far OBAT is one of the great community organization that I have been part of. It is an honor for me to be a part of OBATwho are working with stranded Pakistanis known as Biharis in Bangladeshi camps. The projects that OBAT is working on such as the Education, Micro-financing, family assistance and healthcare is just phenomenal. May Allah grant OBAT more success in the upcoming years :).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

OBAT is just working great, I don't think any changes are required at this time.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with this organization in a variety of ways for the last 7 years. They have a committed and passionate staff. They are doing amazing work that is really making a difference in people's lives. And, they are good community partners. OBAT is an inspiring organization!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have seen this beautiful organization grow from its inception to what it is today, watching on the sidelines as a donor and I have to say, I'm amazed at the integrity, growth and difference this organization has made in the last 10+ years. I have witnessed and seen the lives changed, empowered and inspired by the programs this organization runs. I will continue to support as a donor and one-day as a volunteer to the best of my ability. Until then, i continue to watch on the sidelines and become inspired and awed at the wonderful work OBAT has enabled.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

OBAT Helpers' story, remains the most inspiring story for me. It is a story of taking action to make the world a better place, for people who have known nothing but hard life. The dedication and selflesness of the people in OBAT, the mission they take to heart, the hard work and their energy to live true to the organization's mission, does indeed far exceeds my expectations and by far, of all the people of have heard of the organization and its mission. OBAT is not merely a non-profit organization, it doesn't take donations and buy "stuff" for the displaced Pakistanis (Biharis) who live in the camps in Bangladesh, OBAT empowers, educates and builds foundation to improve the lives of the Biharis. I consider myself lucky and honored to be part of OBAT and to know the people who work for OBAT.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I first leaned of OBAT Helpers I was not familiar with the story of the stranded Pakistani people they serve. As I became more involved, my heart was overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenge OBAT has taken on in addressing the needs and helping the lives of these people. They have built schools, provided medical help, sanitary bathing facilities, opportunities for small business ownership to bring income into the community and much more. Thanks to OBAT, the children of these communities have hope of a better life outside the camps. They are able to achieve academically and even have opportunity to gain college education. Something which would have been far from a goal for previous generations.
OBAT Helpers is the only organization in the world that focuses on this area of the world and these people who have lived in abject poverty for generations. It is an honor to participate in events with OBAT to bring awareness to people of the wonderful work they do. I hope to travel with them in the near future to visit the people who from a far have touched my heart with their vibrancy despite unthinkably difficult living conditions.
Anyone who is looking for an outlet to serve and give has a gem in OBAT Helpers. Visit their website for more information on local ways to get involved. https://www.obathelpers.org/

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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