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, astranded Pakistanis,a this community was supposed to be repatriated to Pakistan after the two co...
May 19, 2016

Sunny updates from OBAT's preschools

Aysha
Aysha

 

Dear friends,

Hope you are as happy as we are to welcome the sunny summer months! The sun always shines a little brighter at OBAT’s preschools- the little kids are always in such high spirits and bring so much cheer to everyone around them. In fact, we would like you to meet one of them:

Aysha is a five year old girl who lives in the Ispahani camp. This camp is located in the city of Rangpur which is one of the northern cities in Bangladesh. Her father’s name is Mohammad Zabed and mother is, Moyna Begum. Aysha’s father peddles second hand clothing for a living while her mother stays at home to take care of Aysha and her siblings.

Aysha loves to go to school and is a very bright student. She also loves to play with her friends and likes to draw. Even though she’s been around for only five years, she already has her future profession pretty much cut out! She wants to be a teacher and teach kids like her who live in the camps.

Thank you for enabling kids like Aysha to have such dreams. Your compassion for these children has helped us raise $11,180 so far! With just, $2,570 remaining, we are fast approaching the home stretch.

We want to leave you with some happy photos from an end of the year class room party at our Chittagong Preschool. Thank you for spreading so much happiness in so many little lives.

Cheers!

The OBAT team.

Chittagong preschool party
Chittagong preschool party
Chittagong preschool party
Chittagong preschool party
Chittagong preschool party
Chittagong preschool party
Chittagong preschool party
Chittagong preschool party
Chittagong preschool party
Chittagong preschool party
Chittagong preschool party
Chittagong preschool party

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Feb 22, 2016

Amazed, Inspired and Grateful!

Test day!
Test day!

Dear friends,

Things have been humming along at OBAT’s preschools since we last shared news with you. The new year is off to a great start while 2015 ended with some tests for the preschoolers. Yes, tests! These young ones undergo simple testing which determines where they stand in terms of their learning for the past year. We are proud to say that we have some really smart kids at our preschools and we cannot wait for them to transition into regular school.

Chittagong’s Khulsi Preschool has been keeping especially busy. On the 9th of February, this preschool arranged its annual sports day. As you can see from the photos, the students had a whale of a time playing various, exciting games. The two chief guests, Mr. Sohail Khan (Country Coordinator, OBAT Bangladesh) and Mr. Qayum Siddiqui (prominent social worker and community leader), gave out the prizes to the winners of the competitions. Watch an endearing video made from stills of OBAT’s preschools' sports day: http://bit.ly/1Oc5L31

Just as these children inspire us with their desire to learn, we are equally amazed and inspired by your generosity. You have already helped us raise $9,500! With only, $4,250 more to go, we know that our goal can be met easily with a little more support for the young children who attend our preschools. Do share this project with your loved ones and encourage them to change the trajectory of a child’s life by supporting his or her education.

 

With gratitude from us and the camp children,

 

The team at OBAT Helpers.

Busy taking test
Busy taking test
The winner and runner ups at sports day
The winner and runner ups at sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day
Sports day

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Nov 30, 2015

Give the gift of a shining future

Teachers training
Teachers training

Hey friends!

As you get ready to celebrate the holiday season, we would like to introduce you to a bright, young preschooler who is always bringing a lot of cheer into the lives of those around him.

Four year old Mahfuz lives in NRC camp in the city of Rangpur. He has two brothers and one sister. Mahfuz’s father, Mohammad Javed, makes wooden toys for a living. His mother, Rowsan Arju is a day laborer and earns less than a dollar a day. Although Mahfuz’s life is marred by extreme poverty, it has not affected his spirit and enthusiasm for life. He wants to grow up to become a police officer. His teacher, Yasmin Ara at the Rangpur Preschool thinks that Mahfuz is a brilliant student and has all it takes to have a shining future ahead of him. Mahfuz came first in his class in the quarterly exam. If he is able to continue his education with your help, there is nothing stopping him from being first at every junction!

We are doing our utmost to ensure that our teachers are instructing these young minds in the best possible way. For this reason, we frequently organize training for the preschool teachers. In late August, a training was held for Chittagong Preschool teachers. The training was conducted by Ms. Shamim Nighat. This training focused on teaching methods, writing techniques, use of teaching aids and the importance of choosing the right curriculum.

The hope that you provide to these children is immense and the effects of your support are far reaching. This upcoming holiday season, you can give a gift that matters by supporting the education of these children and sharing our project page, http://bit.ly/1Pl7qth with your friends and family.

Sending you warmth and cheer,

Your friends at OBAT.

Teachers training
Teachers training
Ms. Nighat Shamim conducting the session
Ms. Nighat Shamim conducting the session
Ms. Nighat Shamim conducting the session
Ms. Nighat Shamim conducting the session
The Preschool crew
The Preschool crew
Mahfuz Alam
Mahfuz Alam
Mahfuz, all focused on studies
Mahfuz, all focused on studies

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