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Review for Obat Helpers Inc, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

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)

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