OBAT HELPERS INC

Rating: 4.75 stars   28 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 47-0946122
317-203-0603
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 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  

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: 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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

OBAT Helpers is an ideal nonprofit. It's one of the only NGOs in the world working to empower the still stateless Urdu-speakers in Bangladesh. It has inspired the youth and others in the camps in Bangladesh to think of solutions for the challenges they face. And OBAT is bringing the lessons it has learned about education and micro-credit back to the US to give disadvantaged Americans a chance for dignity and independence.

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

make more people aware of its great work.

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: 5 stars  

Rarely has an experience with an NGO brought me to tears. The plight of the people combined the strength of this organization's resolve to battle hardships in the community is truly a special thing.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

OBAT Helpers is one of the most professionally run and strategically focused organizations I've come across. After nearly 10 years of partnering and working creatively with non-profit organizations, I met the leaders of OBAT and was blown away. Not only to they maintain organizational transparency, unwavering commitment to their cause, and strong leadership, they are extremely respectful and appreciative of their volunteers. I would recommend any friend, family member, or colleague to work with OBAT without hesitation.

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?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

OBAT Helpers is charity organization that helps with a long term eradication of problems. Their projects are very focussed. Administrative costs are very low and its team is professional and very dedicated.

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

Expand marketing campaign to neighboring states

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Rating: 4 stars  

A very motivated group of people working for a good cause.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The presentations that were shown in the fund raiser

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