Obat Helpers Inc

Rating: 4.86 stars   49 reviews

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:

8 schools 34 preschools 6 tutoring centers 4 computer training centers Scholarship program 2 health clinics; 1 mobile health clinic A microfinance program Vocational centers- 2 sewing training centers and one embroidery training center 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
www.obathelpers.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

“Five days until I leave for Bangladesh, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

This was the first entry I wrote in my travel journal, and thinking back to the feelings I was having then and throughout my trip with OBAT Helpers, I’m filled with happiness. I’m very passionate about Islamic societies, culture, language, education and human rights; however, this was my first international experience. Visiting the schools was what I was most excited to experience. I was anxious and curious to hear stories from the children and their families, and to be able to witness first-hand, their living conditions. Were their living conditions, lack of access to jobs, discrimination and socio-economic status eye-opening to me? Yes. But more eye-opening and empowering than anything was the energy and light that came from the children.

The schools, programming, teachers and team members were incredible. The love and feeling of duty that they felt are things that I have never seen and will never forget. It makes me tear up now thinking about them. Looking back in my journal, I wrote about our visit to the school in Rangpur, and how one of the teachers said that she didn’t know these children could be so smart and wonderful, and how she loves them so much, loves her job and is so proud of them. Who knew such light could shine in darkness? OBAT Helpers allowed me an opportunity to join their team, and bring programming that could support and aid in their work in girls’ and womens’ empowerment and education. I figured, I would feel excited and motivated after I arrived back to the States, but I had no idea I would feel as passionate and determined as I do. My pulse quickens at the memories and at the stories I tell when talking to friends and family. OBAT Helpers is striving to create change and provide support to break down barriers of inequality, discrimination and injustice, and I feel honored and privileged to be able to tell my experiences and the stories of those involved and effected by OBAT Helpers.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was honored to be on a team, that visited the camps in Bangladesh last year. The trip was an emotional rollarcoaster. Witnessing the legacy of the IDP camps and the psychological and physical toll on 3 generations, growing up in a 8x8 brick room, left me very perplexed.

I had the opportunity to personally visit a lot of the initiatives run and managed by the wonderful staff of Obat Helpers in Bangladesh, a team of dedicated and driven people working towards the betterment of their community, working day in and day out. It was amazing to be in the middle of such inspiring individuals.

The dedication to their work was evident on the faces of the people they help everyday. Watching and hearing mothers, express their desires to educate themselves, so they could help their kids with their homework, was so unbelievable to hear and a true testament to the empowerment evident due to all the hard work of Obat Helpers.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Obat Helpers is doing a fantastic job in helping out the poor in different camps in Bangladesh. I had a chance to evaluate several programs Obat is running, including education. I can say that there is no other NGO that has done the level of work in education and other vocational programs as Obat.

 
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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

This organization doing the job that is completely for gottten by world.

 
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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  

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OBAT Helpers not only does amazing, effective work empowering disenfranchised people/families in Bangladesh; they also contribute to the local community in Central Indiana by supporting hunger, resettlement, and homeless efforts. OBAT Helpers is a premier nonprofit that has an impact world-wide.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

OBAT helpers is an exemplary organization that demonstrates the power of one person's passion. Anwar Khan witnessed the immense need in the refugee camps in Bangladesh and decided to make a difference. His passion and perseverance has inspired hundreds of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations that are making a monumental difference in the lives of the "forgotten" people in these camps.

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

Create more opportunity for publicity

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

OBAT has one mission; To return a sense of dignity and self empowerment to these victims of history who live in these camps without hope.
OBAT works in the areas of education, health, and micro-finance. The education mission is carried out through schools, computer training classes, adult literacy, tuition centers, college scholarships, etc.

Whenever and however their legal status gets resolved, we hope that these folks living in camps for the last 40 plus years will be ready to play their part as contributing members of the society.

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

the children who get an education and in many cases are able to go to high school and college, eventually becoming the first people in their families to break the vicious cycle of grinding poverty and despair.

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

broaden the base of long-term contributing partners.

 
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