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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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!

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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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 4 stars  

I found OBAT's activities have been great in terms of targeting the unfocused groups in the society and developing a sustainable space for them to eradicate poverty, to establish social justice and entrepreneurship.

Wishing OBAT team good luck in their future endeavors.

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

Quite well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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

OBAT Helpers is a wonderful collaborator with other like-minded poverty-fighting organizations in the Indianapolis area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have found, over the past three years, the individuals who operate OBAT Helpers to be caring people who work with extreme integrity and competence. Their mission and spirit transcends cultural and religious boundaries so that people of all faiths feel the urge to assist them as they help rescue these unfortunate, sometimes desperate, victims of oppression. No one does it better.

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

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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