OBAT Helpers Inc

OBAT Helpers works for the welfare, support, and rehabilitation of displaced and stateless people by providing programs to alleviate the daily suffering and burdens of thousands of Urdu speaking people (known as "Biharis") who are stranded in makeshift camps in Bangladesh. OBAT Helpers implements projects in education and vocational training, self- empowerment through micro-financing, health care with clinics, drinking water, proper sewerage, and emergency relief projects. The Biharis have been stranded in Bangladesh since it achieved independence from Pakistan in 1971. Referred to as, “stranded Pakistanis,” this community was supposed to be repatriated to Pakistan after the t...
May 6, 2014

Global Giving and others visit OBAT's Preschools!

Ms. Tummala from Global Giving with the students
Ms. Tummala from Global Giving with the students

Dear friends,

We are excited that spring is finally here and are equally excited to share with you news about some remarkable visitors to our Preschool projects.

Maude Bourassa visited our preschool on April 26th while  visiting the camps to organize a workshop on internally displaced people, development aid and NGO intervention.  Our preschool project manager, Mr. Sohail Khan presented at this workshop as well. Ms. Bourassa has a background in International Development and currently works as a Councillor for Students at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada.

The second visitor was none other than a representative from Global Giving! Ms. Neeharika Tummala from Washington, DC visited the Prechools and some camps. According to our staff, she enjoyed her time and noted that of all the NGO’s she had visited, OBAT was the only one which had its own curriculum. The teachers and students were at ease with her as Ms. Tummala could speak the same language. She expressed an interest in providing English Language training to the students and teachers after returning to the US.

 Among other updates, a two day training was organized by Mr. Sohail Khan and Ms. Shamim Nighat for the Khulna Preschool teachers. OBAT aims to keep its teachers updated with the latest developments in curriculum and standards of education followed in the country.

 We just have another $2,420 to raise for the preschool project on Global Giving. Do help us reach our goal by contributing to it.

 Best regards,

The OBAT team.

Ms. Tummala taking students
Ms. Tummala taking students' pictures
Ms. Tummala exchanging ideas with a teacher
Ms. Tummala exchanging ideas with a teacher
Ms. Tummala listens to a student
Ms. Tummala listens to a student's poem recitation
Ms. Bourassa, with a preschool student.
Ms. Bourassa, with a preschool student.
Ms. Bourassa talks to preschool students.
Ms. Bourassa talks to preschool students.
Ms. Bourassa with a teacher
Ms. Bourassa with a teacher
Ms. Bourassa talks to project manager, Mr. Sohail
Ms. Bourassa talks to project manager, Mr. Sohail

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Feb 5, 2014

Fun times at OBAT's preschools

Celebrating with balloons
Celebrating with balloons

Dear friends,

OBAT's preschools in Chittagong recently held their annual sports day in January 2014. Several little kids participated in this program whose purpose is to provide a well rounded experience to the children that consists of not only mental but physical growth as well. The children played several sports and were rewarded at the end by a prize giving ceremony.

You have been instrumental in making these opportunities available for the preschoolers. Without the resources that OBAT makes available for them through you, these children would probably be spending their days aimlessly roaming the alleys of the slums in which they live.

We are very grateful to you for helping us raise $5,665 so far for our preschools. Team up with your friends and family to raise the remaining $2,420. We know that you can do it!

Stay in touch by signing up for our newsletter at: www.obathelpers.org.

Gratefully yours,

The OBAT Helpers team.

Sports day in Chittagong
Sports day in Chittagong
On your mark, get set, go!
On your mark, get set, go!
Judges in the prize giving area
Judges in the prize giving area
Ready to run
Ready to run
Celebrating with project manager, Sohail Khan
Celebrating with project manager, Sohail Khan

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Nov 7, 2013

THANK YOU FOR TRANSFORMING JIBON'S LIFE

Jibon
Jibon

Dear friends,

You have changed so many little children's lives by contributing to OBAT's Preschool projects. Here is the story of just one of those hundreds of chidren.

Jibon is a precious five year old boy who studies at OBAT's Khulna Preschool. His father, Mr. Lukman drives a rickshaw for a living. His daily income is about $2. Chanda Begum, his mother, works as a maid in several homes and earns $26 a month.

Jibon is deeply interested in studying. According to him, his dad did not get a chance to study and for that reason, he had to become a rickshaw driver. Jibon thinks that being a rickshaw driver is a very difficult job. He wants to be educated so he can find a good job when he grows up.

Many boys like Jibon  are pursuing such dreams. OBAT’s mission is to try to make these dreams come true by empowering them through education.

Thank you for helping Jibon and so many other children pursue their dreams. By going to preschools, these children are prepared to take and pass the tests that will give them admission into elementary schools.

So far, you have helped us raise $5,380. Help us raise the remaining $8,370 and reach our goal.

You are setting up the course for a lifetime of learning for these children and for this, we are truly grateful.

With sincere appreciation for your support,

The OBAT team.

Jibon, with friends at the Khulna Preschool
Jibon, with friends at the Khulna Preschool

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