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Obat Helpers Inc

Rating: 4.77 stars   30 reviews 2,695

Nonprofit Issues:

International, Economic Development

Address:

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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317-203-0603
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

3 people found this review helpful

When we first arrived in Bangladesh, we visited a camp in Adamjee where OBAT has not yet done any work. I was extremely disheartened to see the state in which people were living. Seeing all this made me feel overwhelmed, the situation was so bad and I felt as if it would be impossible to help resolve such an extreme situation. But in the following days, we visited other camps in the area where OBAT has helped establish schools, vocational centers, clinics as well as access to clean water and proper sewage systems. The difference was extremely motivating. Despite still living in these difficult conditions, the children in particular showed a huge amount of promise. Being able to attend proper schools will not only allow them to get educated and find good jobs, but also brings about a very important change in attitude. They are taking on initiatives to clean up their camps and help those who are even less fortunate than them. They are becoming better integrated into the greater society and will not allow themselves to be marginalized and live in these conditions for much longer.

All of this made me realize that no matter how small of an effort we make, it can make an incredible difference in people’s lives. Despite the short amount of time and limited resources, the effect of OBAT's efforts is apparent and will change the generations to come.

We heard many stories from orphans and widows that made me feel truly grateful for what we have been blessed with here in Canada. As difficult as it was to hear some of these heart wrenching cases, it was also amazing to see the resolve and determination of these people. Despite all that they have faced, they still have a positive outlook on life and are extremely thankful to those who are trying to help them.

We met a successful local businessman who is also very involved in philanthropic activities, and he said something that has stuck with me: Helping others with the excess wealth that we have been blessed with should not be considered charity - it is our obligation. Those less fortunate than us are entitled to this wealth more than we are.

I was extremely impressed with the work that OBAT has done, and would like to thank Anwar Uncle and the entire OBAT team for their tremendous efforts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am so thankful for OBAT Helpers for giving the opportunity and the resources to spend time in the camp-dwelling Urdu-Speaking community. My main purpose was working with women and trying to understand maternal care access and use. I spoke with women of varying ages, backgrounds and camps. I was fortunate to spend time in various camps in Dhaka, Chittagong and Syedpur. Immediately, I understood that various factors and problems the women faced on a daily basis intersected with their access to proper maternal care. The conditions were appalling: the cramped quarters, limited access to bathroom facilities, and cooking fumes that filled the tiny alleys. However, I was thankful to see the amount of work OBAT Helpers is putting in to address these factors and access to maternal care itself. The importance of clean water for babies who need to be bottle fed is essential for their health. The multiple deep water wells and water point OBAT was working to provide for clean water came as a relief.

There were specific problems women faced and it was inspiring to see OBAT taking into consideration their specific issues and working to address them. Being able to talk to OBAT’s directors who had experience in this field and explained how the plans they were implementing would be the most effective in the long run was immensely educational. The workers were some of the most hard-working, compassionate and patient people I have ever seen. I can only hope to do half of the work they do and be half of who they are as human beings. I was overcome by the love the children would show at every OBAT school I visited. You could see in their eyes that they were grateful for the opportunity they were being given and were motivated to work hard and overcome their conditions. The investment OBAT is putting into the children of the camps in absolutely necessary for the growth of the communities, they stand as a hope out of the devastating conditions. This organization is one of the most organized and dedicated I have ever seen and believe that they will continue to do amazing work. Their changes to the community were apparent in the way the community members would speak about the changes and the hope they had. I am looking forward to continue working with OBAT Helpers and offering any help I can.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I spent three weeks in Bangladesh, volunteering with OBAT in the camps for stranded Pakistanis. I was impressed by the dedication of OBAT's field staff and walking through the camps with them I observed how they were well liked and appreciated by the community, with many people coming up to greet us with smiles. Although, camp conditions were really shocking for me to see (a Canadian visiting such place for the first time), it would have been absolutely horrendous if OBAT was not doing such great work. I saw the water points and deep tube wells that OBAT had established and was operating, the repairs and construction of public toilets and sewage systems, operations of a medical clinic and pharmacy (dispensing subsidized medication) and how all of these were vital to the community. The camp residents we met were so thankful to have these facilities and mentioned how it made their lives easier especially the water points where previously they had to walk far, wait long and the water quality was not as good.

However, for me the best part was seeing a generation of children that were educated through OBAT schools. The young students we met in OBAT run schools were so positive and seemed so motivated to study. The older students who were volunteering with us had so much confidence and hope in their future despite the difficult living conditions and this is where I feel OBAT has really left a mark. They have provided a generation of kids hope that they can dream of good jobs and better living conditions due to their education. In particular, the girls were so brave and told us that with the help of OBAT staff they had convinced their parents to let them pursue their education and not marry them off at a young age. The social change brought by education cannot be represented in numbers and dollars, but it is such an important intangible in reversing the trend of impoverishment in these communities.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Role: General Member of the Public
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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