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.
In all of my experiences in dealing with different organizations, I can say that OBAT is one of the best that I have been associated with. I have been thoroughly impressed with the efforts that they put into their planning and implementation of projects and have seen how incredibly beneficial their work has been on the ground. Their President's leadership is nothing short of exemplary and inspirational. I have been supporting OBAT's excellent work up until now and I plan on continuing to do so in the future.
OBAT HELPERS, INC. is doing phenomenal job for forgotten stranded Pakistanis (commonly known Biharis) in Bangladeshi camps. I frequent visit those camps and in 2009, I visited varrious projects of OBAT in Rangpur, Saidpur and Dhaka of Bangladesh including health clinics, micro financing centers and educational centers of camps. These works are increasing day by day and things are in progress, but due to lack of funding, OBAT is not able to expand its project. I will request each and every human being to patronize OBAT purely on humanitarian ground.