Welcome to OBAT Helpers

WHO WE ARE

OBAT Helpers is a non-profit, 501(C) 3 organization committed to providing aid, healthcare, education and economic empowerment to an unfortunate, displaced and forgotten population residing in slum-like camps in Bangladesh. Altogether, there are about 300,000 people languishing in one hundred and sixteen makeshift camps in extremely poor conditions. They are a population living in abject poverty with no access to basic amenities of living. Read more.

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EDUCATION.

Help us provide countless opportunities to bright young students, from preschool through college, to enhance their lives and transform their futures.

HEALTH.

Help us provide relief, comfort and assistance to those ailing from common medical conditions to life altering treatments.

EMPOWERMENT.

Help us empower the forgotten through investing in self-financed businesses and self-sustainable community infrastructure projects.

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Impact: The Facts

CATARACT SURGERIES PERFORMED
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FAMILIES SELF-EMPOWERED THROUGH OUR PROJECTS
SERVED EACH YEAR BY OUR HEALTH CLINICS

"The camp residents are like my extended family, and even though the trials they face are endured by them and them alone, I experience their suffering and pain vicariously."

ANWAR KHAN, PRESIDENT OF OBAT HELPERS

Become an OBAT Helper

Adopt a Project

Adopt a Project

Is there an OBAT Helpers project that really touches your heart? Now is your chance to reach out and make a difference! This four step program allows you to raise funds toward any of our projects and create an indelible impact on the lives of the unfortunate camp residents. You, along with your family and friends, can join hands and provide help by adopting educational programs, tutoring centers, health clinics, drinking water projects and individual families. You can also fund college scholarships and camp improvement projects.

Volunteer

Volunteer

OBAT Helpers benefits thousands of destitute camp residents in Bangladesh. Locally, it also holds an annual 5 K walk, benefiting a worthy cause in Indianapolis. This effort requires a lot of help in every possible way. Your support has played a fundamental role so far. Now, you have the chance to get directly involved by helping us with a skill or by simply giving your spare time. Sign up today to be an OBAT Helpers volunteer and use your free time for a great cause. Join H2O (Help to OBAT- a volunteer group of young professionals) or YFO (Young Friends of OBAT- a volunteer group aged 13 to 18). To volunteer, please reach us at contact@obathelpers.org.

OBAT Helpers Annual Trip

OBAT Helpers Annual Trip

Every year, the President of OBAT, Anwar Khan, makes an annual trip to the camps to monitor and evaluate the projects and to address issues and concerns faced by the residents. Throughout the years, several people including board members and volunteers have joined him in his yearly trip. You can be a part of this life changing experience too. Visit the camps to lend your talents. Teach skills, mentor students, tutor and train them to learn and perform better. Reach us at contact@obathelpers.org if you are interested in travelling to Bangladesh in the future. It is a great opportunity to organize a mission trip, lend your talents or spend valuable time learning a new culture, helping deserving people and seeing another world.

From the Blog

Sunny’s logs (Syedpur)

Hi, my name is Sunny. I am currently working as the Executive Intern for OBAT’s Executive Director, Immad Ahmed. It has been a great learning experience for me thus far and I am loving the new knowledge I am gaining about running a non-profit. Since we are visiting several cities in Bangladesh, these days, I thought I would pen down my thoughts so I could share them with you.

The purpose of this trip was to train all our Project Officers, Staff and Think Tank members during February. We chalked up a schedule that included all the cities where OBAT’s offices were located. The training sessions would cover using google docs and sheets for information management as well as basic project management skills. They would be led by Mr. Immad Ahmed. Besides him and myself, our team included, Noor Hasan from OBAT Media Productions and Ms. Jameela Ali who is volunteering her time in the camps; she is visiting from the US. We are really happy that she has joined us and is helping out at our projects.

OBAT’s Think Tank members would also be receiving HCD (Human Centered Design) training and also training to conduct surveys in the camps in their cities. We plan to spend three days in each city. Our first stop would be in Syedpur:

Day 1 in Syedpur: After a long journey lasting eight hours, we arrived in Syedpur at 6 am on February 4th, 2017. Our training session for google docs started at 11 am. We were amazed that our staff had such a great thirst for knowledge and they learned with so much excitement and vigor. Immad Ahmed described the benefits and work value of Google Docs. The training was led by myself as Mr. Ahmed has already trained me extensively on this topic. He also gave HCD training to OBAT Think Tank members for three hours. The training was on redesigning the gift giving experience. While the training was going on, our team split in two groups. Ms. Ali and Noor Hasan went to visit the safe maternity program at Golahat and also visited our partner NGO, ISDCM’s  office.

Day 2: After giving the training, we had to evaluate whether our staff was able to use what they had learnt, with ease. We conducted another session in which they themselves performed the tasks with a bit of guidance from us. After the training, we met with the OBAT Think Tank group and taught the students interviewing techniques for conducting the camp census survey.

Day 3: In the morning, our Think Tank group began their census survey in the camps. We divided them into two groups- one group conducted the survey in the morning and the second group conducted it in the evening. We also went to visit OBAT’s health clinic in Syedpur to observe and help develop their processes for maternal care. This way, we could extend help to more pregnant women with our current medical facilities. We also got an opportunity to visit some of the beneficiaries from our family assistance program in Syedpur.

With our work completed as planned, in Syedpur, we will be heading to Rangpur tomorrow morning.

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Think Tank students conducting the survey in Golahat camp

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Google docs training

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Immad teaches sewing trainees how to measure profit and loss and market their products

training over 70 TT students in syedpur

Sunny, training over 70 students

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Think Tank student talks to camp resident for survey

 

Anwar’s diaries- Day 11

22 December, 2016

Ishurdi
Departing Rangpur in the early hours, we began our return trip to Dhaka. We were happy to welcome on our tour, Mr. Abul Kashem, who will be joining us during his semester break from medical school. On our way, we stopped by Ishurdi Camp D-Zone to distribute blankets among one hundred widows who surely need them during these winter months. We were glad to walk around the camps and visit the newly constructed  bathroom for women. Later that night, we were thankful to return to Dhaka with our team to continue our project and camp visits.

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A recipient of the blanket distribution.

BATHROOM

The new bathroom for women

BLANKET DIST TO WIDOWS

Blanket distribution

BLANKET RECIPIENT

A recipient of the blanket distribution.

BROOM NEW

Bathroom

Anwar’s Diaries- Day 24th and 25th

January 4th, 2017

Early in the morning, we had a meeting with Shiekh Kabir Hussain, (Chairman Associate Bangladesh Private University and a board member of Bangabandhu Science and Technology University). We introduced the work that OBAT Helpers is doing and discussed ways of empowering underprivileged communities via education. It was a pleasure and honor meeting him. We hope that we get more opportunities to learn from his team and join hands with them in future projects.

Next, we had a short meeting with our OBAT-BD team regarding the forecast for projects for 2017. We discussed ways in which we can improve communication and transparency among our team, donors and partners. We are looking forward to achieving goals for 2017.

Visit to the Pitha Festival and Science Fair: This was a cake festival organized by our tutorial students of OBAT Tutoring Center, Dhaka. We enjoyed the delicious cakes and pastries baked by the students. This is a first step for the students toward achieving entrepreneurial skills. The students operated the stalls and executed marketing activities by themselves. We hope that one day, they will become successful entrepreneurs.  Students of science group organized a science fair on the same day. They presented amazing science projects such as, hydraulic bridge, environment friendly industry, solar system and energy saver etcetera. We hope that one day, this little initiative will spark in them the desire to become successful inventors.

Lastly, we met with Mr. Niaz Ahmed, (co-founder of AWARD, an NGO operating in the camps) and his family members, at his residence. The meeting was regarding working collaboratively to create solutions for  camp issues.  At present, we are collaboratively working on a small scale but we hope that, we will able to do more projects  together in the near future.

 

 January 5th, 2017

We had a strategic meeting with our Dhaka team regarding accounting processes and the implementation of online accounting systems. Accounts Officer of OBAT Helpers Dhaka, Shahana Akter, talked about meeting the goals of 2016 and the goals that she would like the organization to achieve in 2017.

Next, we moved to NLJ OBAT High School to attend the book distribution program. We felt happy to distribute the books among our kids. Afterward, we had a discussion with NLJ OBAT School teachers regarding improvement in teaching methods, focusing on building up leadership qualities and the goals and plan for 2017. Some of the students also performed songs, poems, and skits on the importance of education.

In the evening, it was a pleasure meeting with Mohammad Rial Ahsan, former Principal at American Management Systems. We introduced him to OBAT Helpers and the work we have been doing in the camps. We discussed how we were focusing on producing creating leaders and  thinkers. Mr Ahsan  also shared his model for education which is being implemented in his 60+ schools around Bangladesh; they too focus on building leadership qualities in students and the teachers work as facilitators of the classrooms instead of in a traditional role of an instructor.   

We were very impressed by all the work Mr Ahsan is doing and with his vision. We are very excited about the opportunity to learn from his vast expertise and are looking forward to building a strong personal and professional relationship with him in the future.

Later in the evening, we visited Mr. Mahbub’s residence to attend a meeting. Different people from the business community who are working in social development and some  founders of NGO’s were also present at the meeting. These included, Alhaj Sk. Mohammad Rabban Ali, (Mr. Ali is a Sponsor Director of Social Islamic Bank Limited and one of the renowned and successful industrialists and businessman in the country), Niaz Ahmed (Co-Founder of Award), Dr. Amirullah (Director of Habib Group), Zabbar Khan (President, SPGRC), Syed Jalaluddin Ahmed (General Secretary, OBAT Helpers.), Zakwan Barkati (Treasurer, OBAT Helpers),  Khalid Hussain (Founder, Council of Minorities & representative of Ahmed Foundation). All the people present were involved in the social development sector in some way or another. Discussions took place on how we could all collaborate and work together to create a positive change in the camps.

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Students at the stall at the Pitha festival

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Students from the spoken English class gave me a beautiful gift

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Participating teachers and students from the science fair

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Book distribution program at the NLJ High School

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Book distribution program at the NLJ High School

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Book distribution program at the NLJ High School

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With think tank students

Anwar’s Diaries- Day 21st- 23rd

 January 1st, 2017

This is the time of year that many of us make personal resolutions. We spent the day in Dhaka office to discuss self-improvement plan with each staff member individually. We discussed the ways to improve teamwork efficiency, communication skills, technical competency and empowerment of their creative confidence- things that are vital for the continuous growth of an organization.

Currently, following projects are running  in Mohammadpur and Mirpur, in the city of Dhaka: Tutoring Center, English School, Preschools, Computer Training Center, Education for Working Children Program, NLJ Junior High School, OBAT BLS High School, Scholarship Program, Mirpur IT Center, Clean Water and Charity Programs etcetera. We are continuously trying to improve our quality, strengthen our teamwork, and build up leadership qualities among our team while setting a good example for our students. We work together to  achieve the ultimate goal of spreading  happiness among the forgotten people.

January 2nd 2017

Once a year, the Dhaka team organizes a sports day for our students. The various schools come together for Annual Sports Day in each city/district.  This allows all our students from various grades to come together and enjoy the day, out and about with their fellow classmates and teachers.  Students participated in various sporting activities including racing, skipping, high and long jumps, etcetera. The winners from each event were awarded prizes.

January 3rd 2017

In the morning, we felt honored to attend the book distribution ceremony at OBAT English School, Dhaka.  The kids received textbooks and course books for the entire year. These were given at no cost to the students. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with inspiring students and dedicated teachers.  Students were very excited to get the new books for new class. Afterwards,  our team had some great conversation with the parents who were waiting to pick up their children  after the distribution.

Next, we had a very effective meeting with our partner organization, ISDCM.  We had a great strategy meeting with our teams, discussing the new projects for 2017 and ways to improve our financial processes, to streamline things while increasing communication and transparency, by adopting online documentations tools.

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Dhaka English School students at their sports day

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Dhaka English School students at their sports day

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Dhaka English School students

Halima Sultana head teacher

Ms. Halima Sultana, Head Teacher, OBAT’s Dhaka English School

math quiz and race competition

OBAT’s Dhaka English School students at their sports day

OBAT GS Jalaluddin ahmed distributing prizes

OBAT’s Dhaka English School students at their sports day prize distribution ceremony

PEC grads from grade V dhaka sch

PEC graduates from grade 5

PEC graduates

PEC graduates from grade 5

ready to race

OBAT’s Dhaka English School students at their sports day

spoon race

OBAT’s Dhaka English School students at their sports day

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OBAT’s Dhaka English School students at their sports day

tomato race

OBAT’s Dhaka English School students at their sports day

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Winners from the sports day at OBAT’s Dhaka English School

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Students from OBAT’s Working Children Program

Anwar’s Diaries- Day 20th

31st December, 2016

Our leadership team had the honour of meeting Mr. Sm. Nazer Hossain, President of ISDEC (Integrated Services for Development Efforts) and CAB (Consumer Association of Bangladesh).  Our team discussed various issues related to the development of the camps/slums and how we as a collective group could come together and work jointly. We are looking forward to building a strong relationship with him and his team in 2017.

Once our meeting concluded, our team travelled to Halishaher School, where we watched  the students do their morning physical exercise drills.  Immad and Abul Kashem participated in the drills. The team then met with students, teachers and guardians and visited their classrooms.

During the classroom visits, some of the kids displayed some outstanding talents, which left our team speechless.  There is so much hidden and untapped potential in the youth of the camps- it’s inspiring to  witness it.

The PSC and JSC students at Halishaher, had outstanding results this year. Our team spent a little time talking to the kids who excelled in the national exams. We discussed their future plans and their struggles. We were hoping to better understand what it took  to achieve such amazing results, so we could help other kids reach such  huge milestones as well.

We also got the chance to visit the newly constructed ladies bathrooms and shallow pump and toilet.

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OBAT’s Halishaher School students doing their morning drill

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OBAT’s Halishaher School students doing their morning drill

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OBAT’s Halishaher School students during morning prayers

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Tossing a basketball at Halishaher School

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OBAT’s Halishaher School students during class

 

Anwar’s Diaries- Day 19th

30th December, 2016

 

Early in the morning, we were warmly welcomed by OBAT Primary School in Ferozshah, Chittagong. The Annual Sports Day was also held on the same day. Students participated in various competitive sports. The various sporting activities included racing, skipping, high and long jumps, etcetera. The participating students displayed their talents through these sports. The winners of these games feel a sense of pride. Prizes are awarded to the winners by us and other honorable invitees.

In the evening, we attended a meeting with all the teachers of the Chittagong projects- primary schools, pre-schools, IT center  and tutoring center.

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With Chittagong tutoring center’s students

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With Ferozeshah School students

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Ferozeshah School students on their sports day

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Ferozeshah School students on their sports day, holding the prizes they received

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Ferozeshah School students on their sports day

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Ferozeshah School students on their sports day

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