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Obat Helpers Inc

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

Mission: Our mission is to serve displaced and disadvantaged people by providing them access to education, healthcare, infrastructure and empowerment initiatives while ensuring sustainable community development.

Target demographics: displaced people

Geographic areas served: Bangladesh

Programs: OBAT’s 6 sewing centers have nearly 1,300 students enrolled in them Approximately 70,000 people are treated annually at OBAT’s 4 clinics and 1 mobile clinic More than 86,000 people have access to clean water and sanitation facilities Over 10,000 students are currently enrolled at more than 60 educational projects 10 tutoring centers 11 Schools 39 Preschools 7 Computer Training Centers 1,104 Scholarship students 2 Adult literacy programs 1 Education for Working Children Program 2 Arabic Education Programs Back to School Program

Community Stories

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 ToddShea

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

You want sincerity, competence, integrity, honesty, strength, energy, compassion, empathy and heart in a charity. That is exactly what you get with OBAT Helpers. You simply won't find a better group of people, from the field workers to the board of directors to the founders of this Humanitarian Aid and Relief organization, OBAT Helpers makes their donors, partners and volunteers feel like part of their family. I had heard about OBAT Helpers in 2016, when I was fortunate enough to have been invited to an event to raise funds for their projects supporting the Bihari Community in Bangladesh. I had worked with their Executive Director on a relief mission in Pakistan a few years back. Watching the presentation, I was impressed with their passion and dedication to people that the world has forgotten. I hadn't even heard of the Bihari before that night. Last year when the Rohingya crisis flared up and hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee into Bangladesh to escape the genocidal campaign of the Myanmar Army, I contacted OBAT Helpers to see if they were responding. Sure enough, they were putting a relief mission together. I decided to support their mission because they already had 14 years of experience serving a stateless and neglected community, and are already registered in Bangladesh and thus could get moving quicker in delivery of aid than larger international organizations. I visited them twice, In October and December and have referred several volunteers and donors to their "Humanitarian Assistance" mission in the Rohingya camps, which has grown from an emergency assistance program into a long term refugee camp management program, concentrating on bringing health, shelter and education for the Rohingya People. Their international volunteers were from all over and some of the coolest people I've ever met. I also took the opportunity to visit several schools and camps where they are assisting the Bihari People in all facets of life, from clean water projects to higher education scholarships. Wherever I went, I could see their positive impact where it counts the most- on the faces of the children and families they serve. A regeneration of my hope for Humanity took place as I saw the young people who are employed by OBAT Helpers, many of who are refugees themselves, enthusiastically going about their work with beautiful and contagious smiles, a can do attitude, and a sense of belonging and purpose. They are doing amazing and inspiring work in the toughest and most heartbreaking of situations and I hope you will join them in any way you can because they are worth any amount of time and money you could give. Todd Shea CEO & Founder Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS)

3

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5


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.



Mahreen Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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 :).

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen this beautiful organization grow from its inception to what it is today, watching on the sidelines as a donor and I have to say, I'm amazed at the integrity, growth and difference this organization has made in the last 10+ years. I have witnessed and seen the lives changed, empowered and inspired by the programs this organization runs. I will continue to support as a donor and one-day as a volunteer to the best of my ability. Until then, i continue to watch on the sidelines and become inspired and awed at the wonderful work OBAT has enabled.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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/

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our student organization reached out to have some of the partners from OBAT Helpers come and speak to our members about the displaced persons in Bangladesh. We were excited to have them visit, but the presentation exceeded our expectations. Saima Hassan, Katie Basbagill, and John Clark we're thoughtful, affable, informative and engaging. It was a truly enriching experience for our members and we are grateful that they took the time to share their message with us.

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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.

zachrockwood

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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

Mel J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Advisor

Rating: 5

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.

Katie46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OBAT has a very practical and powerful approach towards helping humanity. They are taking one step at a time and moving forward very quickly.I am sure their support is creating positive changes in the lives of people who have been helped and those people will take the torch and bring light to more families around them. The Education/School and Micro financing Projects are the best.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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