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Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, International, International Relief

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 6 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

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit with a great cause! Appreciate the transparency and the work they are doing to empower the people in the camps.

1 Aziz A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been in touch with OBAT helpers for over 10 years. Recently they arranged a seminar in Dallas in which a few other distinguished US citizens like Dr. John Clark and Dr. Maureen Lynch, Dr. Pail and Dr. Ayaz Malik gave an eye witness account of their visit to the camps in Bangladesh. They all confirmed that OBAT helpers are doing an extraordinary job for the welfare of people in the camps.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

OBAT is a very transparent organization that allows a donor to know where the money is going, where the effort is being placed, where the work is being done. The staff is effective and easy to communicate with regarding any questions or concerns. Happy to have been a volunteer!

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Donor

Rating: 5

OBAT Helpers is a great organization to be a part of as a volunteer and donor. The initiatives that they have started to empower the people in the camps have made a tremendous difference in many lives and will continue to do so in the future. The staff and volunteers are helpful and show pride in being a part of OBAT.

Donor

Rating: 5

OBAT Helpers' story, remains the most inspiring story for me. It is a story of taking action to make the world a better place, for people who have known nothing but hard life. The dedication and selflesness of the people in OBAT, the mission they take to heart, the hard work and their energy to live true to the organization's mission, does indeed far exceeds my expectations and by far, of all the people of have heard of the organization and its mission. OBAT is not merely a non-profit organization, it doesn't take donations and buy "stuff" for the displaced Pakistanis (Biharis) who live in the camps in Bangladesh, OBAT empowers, educates and builds foundation to improve the lives of the Biharis. I consider myself lucky and honored to be part of OBAT and to know the people who work for OBAT.

Shariq S.

Donor

Rating: 5

ObatHelpers makes a difference for a group of people that nobody else is thinking about. If ObatHelpers wasn't serving the Stranded Bihari's they would have no services. ObatHelpers is making a difference through meaningful and transformative programs. Micro-lending, training, education, healthcare all help these people transition into Bangladeshi society as productive members.