My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Obat Helpers Inc, Indianapolis, IN, USA
I (heart) OBAT Helpers Inc. The spirit and success of OBAT cannot be captured with words. Even the organization's title, which is based on the names of beloved family members, bespeaks a legacy of selfless service and compassion. OBAT is a cutting-edge non-profit that envisions possibility and pursues it -- with a human touch. And over the 13 years since Anwar and Afshan Khan established OBAT with immeasurable vim and vigor, their agency has become a welcome cheerleader for the once stateless masses of Bangladesh that has lifted thousands of men, women, and children from invisible impoverishment and transformed them into contributing citizens. And I am not just writing this glowing review because of what I have read or things I heard second hard. I have been able to witness this amazing transformation through multiple in-person visits to the stateless people camps in Bangladesh: for the first time in 2004 and several time since with the most recent trip in early 2016. The change is almost unbelievable. OBAT's executive and local leadership have taken great pains to grow their organization in a strategic, systematic, and sustainable manner. All administrative tasks are handled professionally. OBAT's country-centered programs are progressive and meaningful. Great effort is made to empower staff, actively engage volunteers, and boost beneficiaries alike. In a world teeming with groups that do good works, OBAT Helpers stands out. OBAT undertakes cost/benefit analysis, seeks practical solutions, and sets out to tackle real problems by investing in people and practical on-the-ground programs that make a measurable difference. I (heart) OBAT Helpers.