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Dear friends,

We have all been living in uncertain times. Hope that during this unnatural order of things we are experiencing, you have found comfort in your loved ones. Thanks to technology, we can minimize the effects of isolation and still feel a part of each other’s lives and worlds.

OBAT’s educational programs in Bangladesh have been closed as well as a preventative measure against COVID-19. So far, we have been lucky and no case has been detected. However, the potential for the disease to spread is high and can lead to disastrous consequences due to the cramped living conditions as well as the lack of hygiene in the camps.

In this grim atmosphere, we wanted to give you a reason to smile and would like to share with you many positive updates that have happened since we last shared news with you about the Rohingya projects:

 

Student Assessments Ensure Provision of Quality Education

During January, all OBAT students in levels 1 and 2 in the Rohingya Learning Centers, were evaluated based on their performance in the December examinations.
Our Education Team worked hard to adjust class lists accordingly, ensuring that children who passed the exams moved up a level for the new year of learning. Evaluation and assessments are vital to ensuring  that quality education is provided and that the children's abilities have grown as a result of the education we provide. Our team held parent meetings for all our 23 Learning Centers, and parents were given progress cards that reported on last year's performance of their children.


Digital Learning assessments are being conducted at present as well, with the assistance of Teach the World Foundation (TTWF), OBAT's partner organization. The results will not only determine which students advance to the next level of study but will also provide useful data to the TTWF team, which they will use to continue studying the impact of a Digital Learning curriculum on students' learning outcomes worldwide. Learning Center 1's teacher, Ubaidua, proudly shared with us that all his students scored above 90 percent on their exam two weeks ago.

 

New Digital Learning Program for 84 Rohingya Youth

 OBAT Helpers USA and Prantic Unnayan Society are partners in providing 180 children in the Rohingya Camp and Host Community with access to 'Digital Learning' education, with partnering organization, Teach the World Foundation. OBAT is now expanding the current Digital Learning Project to reach youth and adolescents. Youth and adolescents are a neglected and vulnerable demographic in the camp, with limited opportunities to access education, life skills sessions, and capacity building. This group is vulnerable to joining radicalized groups, child marriage, human trafficking, and child labor. Thus their engagement in programming such as our new project, will serve to minimize this vulnerability. Our new project will mean that 84 vulnerable youth and adolescents have the opportunity to engage in classes that will build their capacity in English, Burmese, Mathematics and Life Skills, as well as build their confidence.

Enrollment of adolescent girls and boys took place in January, and at present, nearly all the spots in this new project have been filled! We anticipate that classes will be able to begin in the coming weeks.

 

Rohingya Children Receive Psycho-Social Support Through Volunteer Initiatives

"Dear Child," is a letter to refugee children in picture book form, created by Jade, Founder of Humanitarian Picture Books. Jade is a humanitarian specialized in Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation and holds a Masters degree in International Development and Humanitarian Crisis Response. Jade spent 10 days with us in the Kutupalong Camp, assisting with various areas of education and health programming, as well as researching for her picture book through dialogues and interactions with Rohingya children and adults.

Humanitarian Picture Books 'convenes crisis-affected communities, story tellers, humanitarian actors, and artists to deliver tailored, healing stories to children coping with crisis.'

They are an organisation on the forefront of what is needed most in the camps- psychosocial support.

Thank you to Jade for everything, and for gifting copies of her precious book, "Dear Child." The kids adore them!

 

Rohingya Projects Receive Teams from North American Universities


John is a Neuberger-Jesin Professor of International Conflict Resolution in the Faculty of Law, and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, at the University of Ottawa. He has held a professional career in the field of international human rights, diplomacy and security for over 30 years, having worked in the United Nations and serving as a current adviser to the UN and many international NGOs and human rights organizations. Professor Packer and his Research Assistant, Anne-Lise, visited the Health Post of OBAT Helpers, and spoke to a group of Rohingya community members there, as their visit coincided with the most recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the Rohingya case put forward by Gambia. Professor Packer led a discussion about the ICJ case, asking the Rohingya community members gathered about their thoughts and opinions on the trial, and what it meant for their people.

 A team of researchers from the University of Arizona led by Professor Simmons, visited the OBAT Office in Ukhiya as well, to learn about the projects OBAT runs in the camp and Host Community. Professor Simmons and his team recently received a grant from National Geographic to implement a study and project with Rohingya children. They are currently conducting a site visit to determine the scope and format of their future study. The team visited our Host Community Digital Learning class and was impressed by the level of community engagement OBAT and our partner organization Prantic ensure when implementing all projects. The University of Arizona team donated a framed picture to us, drawn by a student of a high school in Dhaka about the Rohingya Crisis- the picture was hung up in our office.

 

Art Project of Children Brightens up Clinic


In the bleak environment of the camp, especially in the somber atmosphere in the clinic, cheeriness is often missing and much needed. Volunteer Jade  tried to add some cheer by bringing her art supplies and materials to our Health Post for days of art making and poster creating with the children in the Rohingya clinic's waiting room. The children had so much fun drawing on large colorful posters and were so happy to see their work displayed in clinic at the end of the day. Patients and staff love the new cheerful clinic décor and the children have since often returned to see their work on display.

 

WHO Donates Two Truck-loads of Medical Supplies to Rohingya Clinic


The World Health Organization donates medicines for OBAT's Health Clinic from time to time. The medicines and supplies come in really handy for keeping our pharmacy fully stocked. The latest donation arrived in late January and comprised of two truck-loads of 24 different medicines and medical supplies. We are very grateful to WHO for helping us provide quality care to the patients visiting our clinic.

 

OBAT Institute Measures to Address Potential Spread of COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thinking of all our OBAT family, our staff, supporters and beneficiaries, and wishing them safety and health. We are especially and deeply concerned about the outbreak’s potential devastating impact where we serve, in the displaced population camps as well as Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh.

As a matter of safety and precaution, OBAT has been proactive in implementing measures, some of which include: 

-Classes in educational programs suspended until April 15th until further notice

– Temporarily suspended hosting international volunteers while ensuring we are able to retain maximum capacity through the use of local resources

– In the Rohingya refugee camps, prior to the temporary closure of our Learning Centers, all education administration staff, teachers and monitoring officers underwent extensive COVID-19 awareness and prevention training, which assisted them in improving awareness in the Rohingya camp among the community surrounding our Learning Centers.

-All of our health team staff and staff from our partner organizations, MedGlobal and RCF, attended an Infectious Disease Prevention training. This training will be integral in ensuring our health facility can continue to run and support the Rohingya population in the face of this emerging public health reality. To ensure communication is maintained on key issues, the Clinic Team really stepped up in March, implementing more frequent meetings, and enforcing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) protocols strictly. Our Medical Coordinator Dr. Sohel Rana is confidently leading the team and assessing the COVID-19 situation daily, in coordination with the World Health Organization, the Health Sector and the Bangladesh Government, and making urgent protocol changes in clinic as necessary

– OBAT is constantly in contact with the WHO, others in the UN health sector, and local Bangladeshi authorities for updates and guidance to protect the vulnerable communities we serve.

We are very grateful that as of now, there have been no cases identified. We are committed to continue to serve those in need as they remain most vulnerable to such challenges and will institute more measures if the situation evolves.

 

New Dental Chair Installed at Rohingya Health Clinic

OBAT's Clinic for Rohingya refugees just received a fully-equipped new dental chair set up for its facilities at the clinic. The dental chair was a generous donation from Refugee Crisis Foundation which has been partnering with OBAT since 2018 to provide much needed dental services for the refugees. OBAT's Clinic is the only clinic in the Kutupalong refugee camp to have this added facility for treatment of patients.

Our team is very excited about this addition! The dentists employed by RCF were already recognized  all over the Rohingya camp as being the best dentists around, and this new addition will further improve the level of excellence of services provided. The dental unit is ready to go after addition of concrete flooring to the clinic to provide a stable surface to the clinic. Thank you to our partner, Refugee Crisis Foundation!

 

 Visitors Continue to Bring Joy into the Projects

 Mr. Hathia from France, was another visitor . He spent the day visiting projects in the Rohingya camps. Mr. Hathia was thrilled with his visit, which included seeing the OBAT Health Post and the Learning Centers. He was particularly enthusiastic about the Digital Learning Program that is operating in Learning Centers 3 and 4, and in two Host Community classrooms.A team from the Bangladeshi Red Crescent Society (BDRS), which included our previous Medical Coordinator Dr Bayezeed, also visited the Rohingya Clinic and met the team and patients at the Clinic.

 Rohingya Learning Centers Hummed with Activity During March

 Many of OBAT's Learning Centers in the Rohingya Camps were recently repaired by local and Rohingya volunteer laborers in the Kutupalong Camp. The repairs include re-daubing the mud-walls and strengthening the overall structure. The repairs are a very exciting development for our students, and were made possible by the generosity of OBAT Helpers' sponsors. The organization, Save the Children, repaired the fencing boundary surrounding 3 Learning Centers.

The children were also very enthused by the new materials provided to them to assist with their wellbeing and with their studies. The children in the Camp 8W Learning Centers received brand new reusable water bottles, provided to them by Practical Action, in coordination with the Camp in Charge. The children in our Host Community Digital Learning Educational Program were very happy to receive new drawing books by our staff, as gifts for their performance in recent assessments.

A meeting with the teachers was held in the OBAT Community Center, with positive feedback and reception by all camp residents and the management team.

 

UNICEF Provides Workbooks for At-Home Learning

 Due to the COVID-19 situation, the Education Sector in the Kutupalong Rohingya Refugee Camp has stressed the importance of all children enrolled in Learning Centers in the camp to continue their studies from home while the closure of Learning Centers continues. UNICEF has delivered new workbooks for all OBAT students, which will be distributed  to ensure minimal disruption to the education of our young learners.

 

We hope that the next time we get in touch with you, our world has gained some normalcy. Meanwhile, do keep the camp residents in your prayers. You will always be in ours.

Be well,

Your friends at OBAT.

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Student holding a "Dear Child" Book
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Visitors from Red Crescent
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Eva with her art projects
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Visitor, Mr. Haathia
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Volunteer, Jade Hawes
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Visitor, John
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Art project by the kids
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Medical supplies donated by WHO- 1
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New dental chair
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Students with their water bottles
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Books provided by UNICEF
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Hello folks,

A very Happy New Year to all of you!  Hope the New Year has been full of much zest, energy and all things good for you.  Since we last shared updates with you about the Rohingya program you support, a ton more has already happened. Here you go!

 

Children Contribute to Camp Clean Up!

Late last month, the students of OBAT's Learning Centers participated in a camp cleaning campaign in Rohingya camp 8W, blocks E and F.  The children were taught about waste management, disposal and hygiene by the CIC (Camp in Charge), SMS (Site Management), and a WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) focal point. They enthusiastically contributed to the effort, cleaning the entirety of the two     blocks! Well done, students!

 

Six Doctors from Indianapolis Volunteer in OBAT's Clinic 

For the first time, a team of Doctors from the Franciscan Health Group, journeyed all the way from Indianapolis, OBAT's home ground, to volunteer at the OBAT Clinic for Rohingya refugees.

The team included: Dr. Kevin McNulty, Dr. Hira Naqvi, Dr. Kami Smith, Dr. Jeffrey Jones, Dr. Gregory Specht and Dr. Adam Paarlberg. The Doctors spent their time treating patients at the Rohingya Medical Clinic. The clinic treats an average of 300 patients per day. We are extremely grateful to the team for lending their time and expertise to provide life-saving treatment to the Rohingya refugees.

A team of 7 Dermatologists from RCF (Refugee Crisis Foundation) volunteered at the OBAT clinic during December. RCF is an ongoing partner of OBAT and the UK based organization regularly sends two dentists to staff OBAT's clinic.  The team collectively attended to over 350 patients during their visit. The group included world-renowned dermatologist, Christopher Griffiths, Foundation Professor of Dermatology at the University of Manchester. The team also conducted a training of the clinic staff and collected data. They had a great experience working at the clinic and are keen to work with OBAT in the future. 

Another volunteer doctor, Sebastião Martins, from Portugal, finished his 2 month long volunteering stint at the clinic as well.

Thank you to all these selfless individuals!

 

Dr. Wasty Follows Up With  Rohingya Eyesight Restoration Program

OBAT Canada's  founder, Dr. Shujaat Wasty, visited Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp recently.

He met with several beneficiaries from the Rohingya Eyesight Restoration Program, some of whom are finally able to see, after as long as 12 excruciatingly long years.

During the meetings, beneficiaries expressed heartfelt gratitude for the gift of sight and vision. Many beneficiaries also shared their harrowing stories of escape from genocide in Myanmar, most of whom had to do so without being able to see.  Dr. Wasty  also serves as Vice-President on OBAT Helpers Inc.'s board and is a frequent visitor to the camps.

 

Purdue University's MSA Dedicates Refugee Gala to OBAT

 The Muslim Student Association of Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, recently held a Refugee Gala in support of refugees all over the world. The student association generously donated the proceeds of the Gala to OBAT's work for Rohingya refugees. The event was attended by students upwards of 100-some parents accompanied their children as well. As a part of the engaging program, the audience were able to watch a short video about the Rohingya crisis and OBAT's work to address it. Thank you to the Purdue MSA and to all those who attended!

 

Rebuilt Playground Restores Children's Smiles

Thank you to Dr. Henna Qureshi (OBAT's board member & lead consultant on medical committee for OBAT's clinics), for raising funds to rebuild a playground built by OBAT for Rohingya children. This playground was destroyed during the monsoon season, leaving no area for the kids to enjoy their childhood. This playground is the only recreation space available for children in the entire area.  

 

Rohingya Women Empowerment Center Produces Quality Clothing

While we seek funding opportunities to continue and expand the sewing project for Rohingya women, the project continues to operate on a small-scale, with 12 women currently enrolled in it. The great news is that many volunteers and visitors purchase clothing made in the center because they are so impressed with the workmanship of the refugee women! The skills women gain at these centers help them to become empowered and gives them a sustainable source of income.

 

Volunteers Visit and Revisit!

OBAT is fortunate to have the support of many volunteers. Several of them are deeply impacted by their experiences and return to help more. Philippa Nilsson is one such volunteer. Philippa is a much-loved return volunteer. She worked with OBAT in the very beginning, when the Rohingya crisis was unfolding and has returned to volunteer with OBAT in the Rohingya camp four times since then! In her last visit in December, she also purchased some of the clothing in the Women's Empowerment Center that was made by Rohingya women in our Sewing Project.

Researcher and Professor of Psychology, Dr.  Tara Callaghan from Canada's St. Francis Xavier University, visited all of OBAT's Rohingya Relief projects in December. She was thoroughly impressed with the services and aid OBAT is providing in the camp. Dr. Callaghan would like to pursue a partnership with OBAT Helpers for her research project in 2020. The project will be focusing on developing the social and emotional well-being of Rohingya children. 

Aysha Al-Sharbity Khandaker, former Director on OBAT's board, coordinated a team of volunteers (Hind, Manal and Mishar) at the Rohingya projects. The group taught students at our learning centers and also helped out with construction work carried out to repair some Learning Centers.

Hope you enjoyed reading our new year updates! We sure do appreciate your help in bringing much needed relief to Rohingya refugees. Do share this project with your friends and families and invite more support for this crisis.  Thank you again!

Until next time!

Your friends at OBAT!

Dr. Wasty with a baby in the Rohingya camps
Dr. Wasty with a baby in the Rohingya camps
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Ms. Sharbity's volunteer group
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Volunteers help with construction
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Team of Doctors from Indianapolis
Dr. Paarlberg, working at the clinic
Dr. Paarlberg, working at the clinic
Dr. Kevin McNulty, at the clinic
Dr. Kevin McNulty, at the clinic
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Philippa holding an outfit stitched by a refugee
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Phillipa- again!
The team of Dermatologists
The team of Dermatologists
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Dr. Tara Callaghan
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A volunteer holds up an outfit she bought
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Purdue Refugee Gala
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Dear friends,

This past August marked two years since the exodus of the Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh began. The Rohingya fled to escape persecution and genocide and sought safety and protection in Bangladesh. They settled in what is now known as the largest refugee camp in the world- the Kutupalong Camp. As the crisis unfolded on its doorstep, OBAT made a strategic decision to provide assistance in its immediate aftermath.

Two years later, OBAT continues to actively support Rohingya refugees. We can't change their past, but we are determined to help them change their future. Here are the different ways you helped us make a difference in their lives since you last heard from us:

OBAT's Digital Learning Program is Attracting Widespread Interest

OBAT was delighted to provide UNICEF representatives with a tour of the pilot digital learning program in Temporary Learning Center # 8! The children loved the visit to their unique learning space. UNICEF expressed great interest in this innovative teaching method. Many organizations are very interested in this pilot program and we are always happy to provide tours and information on this project. We are very proud of our digital learning program and partnership with Teach the World Foundation and intend to scale this project with the help of our supporters.


Visit by MIT Explored Possible Partnership with OBAT

Martha Thompson from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) visited OBAT's projects in the Rohingya refugee camps recently.  Martha's visit was geared toward exploring a possible collaboration of MIT with OBAT in the Rohingya Camps.  She is a humanitarian worker with a focus on gender and exclusion in crisis situations and has set up MIT Design and Innovation Labs in refugee settings earlier. 

OBAT assisted Martha with the coordination of the needs assessment she was conducting in the Rohingya Camp. She was a lovely guest and was very grateful for the  hospitality, translators and volunteers that OBAT provided to support her work.

Palliative Care Services Offered to Rohingya Refugees

OBAT is now offering palliative care, a service which greatly relieves the suffering of terminally ill patients, to the Rohingya refugees in Kutupalong Camp. No other organization is providing this essential service in the camp currently.Watch this video  to see how OBAT is helping improve the lives of patients and their families.

UNICEF Provided Books for Rohingya Students

OBAT's Humanitarian Assistance Program for Rohingya refugees recently received new books from UNICEF. The books covered  various subjects such as Burmese, Math, English, Life skills and Science. Some story books were donated as well. Besides the text and story books, UNICEF  also donated teacher guides which will help teachers plan their lessons for the school year. Thank you to UNICEF for their generous contribution!

 Palliative Care Training Educated Health Workers

To foster a better understanding of Palliative Care, training was provided to OBAT's Community Health Workers (CHW's) in the Rohingya camps. Community Health Workers go door to door to provide health care to patients who cannot travel to the clinic.

The training was conducted by Dr. Farzana and Dr. Anna. The objective of the training was to help the CHW's learn more about  palliative care including how to deal with and help palliative care patients. Thank you to Dr. Farzana and Dr. Anna for providing the training to improve our health services.

 Digital Learning Control Group Assessments in Action!

 We are excited to grow our Digital Learning Program which is now running in TLC (Temporary Learning Center) # 4 of the Kutupalong Camp as well.  The program was piloted initially at TLC # 8. In both the classes, initial assessments took place recently to determine the students' strength.

 Visitors Enriched the Lives of Rohingya Refugees

 Visitors always bring much joy whenever they visit. Recently, we had a few visitors who added a special touch to the lives of the camp residents. Marwa and Abeer were two young ladies who visited from Oman. They created a play area for the children in OBAT's clinic for Rohingya refugees. The children love to play in the otherwise somber environment of the clinic and the mothers enjoy the free child care too. Marwar and Abeer also visited several of OBAT's projects. 

Mandy and Farhana were another two special volunteers who visited several of OBAT's projects: learning centers, clinics and empowerment centers for women. Mandy is a part-time astrologer who lives in the US and Farhana is a teacher from Singapore. 

Thank you to all of them for giving their time and efforts and most of all, for making the camp residents feel loved and cared for.

Friends, we will keep sharing new updates with you as we continue to move forward. 

September 27th marked 15 years to the day OBAT was formed as a nonprofit serving the destitute communities in Bangladesh. In August of 2017, OBAT took the lessons learned from the foundation it built, to address the Rohingya crisis. We are grateful to each one of you for helping us address this humongous crisis and for giving us the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people in the Rohingya camps. Thank you for standing with us!

We look forward to sharing new updates and progress made a couple of months from now! Please share this project with your friends and families and encourage them to help the Rohingya community by spreading awareness or through financial support.

 Our best to you,

 Your OBAT Family.

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Assessments at the Learning Center
Mandy and Farhana
Mandy and Farhana
Martha Thompson from MIT
Martha Thompson from MIT
Marwa and Abeer from Oman
Marwa and Abeer from Oman
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Books from Unicef!
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Unicef donation
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Palliative Care Training
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Palliative Care Training- 2
UNICEF team with the children
UNICEF team with the children
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Goofing around!
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Precious smile of a Rohingya child

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Representative from MSF gifting the donations

Dear friends,

 

Thank you for your continued support for OBAT’s Rohingya Relief Program. Because of you, many lives are staying afloat. Even though the monsoon rains have been causing extensive damage in the camps, there is always a ray of sunshine to be found. In this report, we are sharing with you all the good that you have enabled since you last heard from us. Here are some highlights:

 

Rohingya children receive culturally sensitive books

 

Books Unbound works with Rohingya refugees to develop a culturally sensitive curriculum, allowing the refugees to take education into their own hands. They develop picture dictionaries with vocabulary specifically tailored to the Rohingya lifestyle. With multiple learning levels and topics, these picture dictionaries serve as culturally appropriate learning. Books Unbound recently distributed their books among the Rohingya children at OBAT's learning centers.

 

Medical supplies received from partnering organizations 


Malaysian Field Hospital recently made a donation of medical supplies to OBAT. These will be used at OBAT's two medical clinics for Rohingya refugees that treat over 400 patients a day. The World Health Organization also provided $3,500 worth of medical supplies.  We really appreciate the support of partners like MSF and WHO as it enables us to provide excellent services at the medical clinics.

 

Students given medicine to safeguard against infections

The terrible living conditions in the Rohingya camps make the food and water sources contaminated, which makes the kids prone to parasitic worm infections. Students of OBAT's learning centers were recently given the medicine Mebendazole, to prevent such infections. Healthy children not only affect the general wellbeing of the community but also increase their attendance in school.

 

Interfaith iftar supports Rohingya refugees

May 25th saw a powerful display of interfaith service, when Muslim, Jewish and interfaith organizations in Indianapolis, OBAT’s US headquarters, joined together for a fundraising iftar for OBAT's work for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. MC Emily Longnecker from local TV channel WTHR, kept the audience engaged as key note speakers Mindy and Rabbi Jeff Glickman and other visitors to the camps, Kristin Wright and Fatima Hussain spoke about witnessing the impact of OBAT during their visits. Eh Too Rah and Rabbi Brett recited Christian and Jewish prayers while Imam Ahmed Alamine recited the adhann at the time of the Muslim prayer. We are grateful to all our participants, sponsors, guests, speakers and volunteers for coming together for an inspiring interfaith evening. A special shout out to the JCRC (Jewish Community Relations Council) for taking the initiative to raise awareness for the Rohingya crisis and for being the lead sponsor for this event.

 

 500 Students Receive Eid Clothes

 

With the help of AWARD and OBAT's Think Tank in Chittagong, Eid clothes were distributed among 500 students in the Learning Centers for Rohingya children. Eid is a festive holiday celebrated in the Rohingya community. The children have been prospering in the healthy environment of the Learning Centers which is a sharp contrast from the trauma they have been through. Their life is still full of difficulties and challenges in the camp environment and we are thankful to both the Think Tank and to AWARD for spreading this joy among the students.

 

 United States' Ambassador Visits Rohingya Camps

 

United States Ambassador to Bangladesh, Mr. Earl R. Miller, observed World Refugee day by visiting the Rohingya camps. Together with his wife and other refugees, he participated in a rally and walked two miles to express his solidarity and support for the refugee population. We are grateful for Mr. Earl's support and participation in this important day that serves to bring attention to the plight of refugees.

 

 OBAT's US Headquarters Observes World Refugee Day

 

On June 20th, World Refugee Day, OBAT's headquarters in Indianapolis, United States, held a mini photo exhibit at the Indiana Interchurch Center. On display were powerful and poignant stories of Rohingya refugees who crossed hundreds of miles on foot to escape persecution and find safety and hope in Bangladesh.

 

Thank you once again for your support. Feel free to reach us anytime at contact@obathelpers.org for any queries. Keep up to date with the progress of our programs at www.facebook.com/obat.helpers.

 

Until next time!

OBAT team.

 

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Donations from MSF
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Visit of United States' Ambassador
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Distribution of Eid Clothes
Distribution of Eid Clothes
Distribution of Eid Clothes
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guest at interfaith iftar
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speakers at interfaith iftar
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audience at interfaith iftar
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RCF providing dental services

Hello folks,

 Hope you have been having a great year and are starting to enjoy some sunshine in your part of the world. It’s time to update you about the myriad ways in which you made a difference to the lives of the Rohingya refugees you have been supporting with your compassion.

 Here are some highlights that transpired since the last time you heard from us:

 RCF provides much needed dental services

The Refugee Crisis Foundation (RCF) has been working in the Rohingya camps, providing dental services six days a week. Over 700 patients have been treated so far.

The services provided include emergency dental treatment, extractions, scaling, fillings, antibiotics and pain relief. According to RCF, the oral hygiene habits of the Rohingya refugees are quite different which results in severe problems. They brush their teeth several times a day with salt, charcoal or sometimes sand, causing destruction of tooth tissue. The dentists have repaired the cavities to prevent further damage. 
However, to prevent this problem, RCF adapted the oral health education segment of their program. During the hygiene training, RCF volunteers taught the community how to wash their hands and brush their teeth properly and made them aware of the consequences of not doing either. 

 Clinic health workers organize workshop to boost literacy

The Community Health Workers from OBAT's health projects for Rohingya refugees, held their first workshop on January 10th to learn reading, writing, and speaking in English. It was led by one of their own team members. Community Health Workers provide on the ground reporting and support to the medical team in the clinic for Rohingya refugees, by visiting camp residents in their homes and providing basic treatments and remedies, keeping the individuals healthy and the clinics less crowded. Click here to watch part of the workshop.

 Playground to be rebuilt with donors' generosity

A playground that had initially been built for Rohingya children, was destroyed by the brutal monsoon season. OBAT's Board Director, Dr. Henna Qureshi, organized a fundraiser on Facebook and raised more than $11,000 for the rebuilding of the playground which will now begin reconstruction in February. Thank you to the incredibly generous donors and to Dr. Qureshi for this amazing effort to bring back smiles on the children's faces.

 Teachers receive lesson plan and medical training

In the Rohingya camps, a Teachers Learning Circle was held for the teachers at OBAT's Learning Centers. The training focused on the development of lesson plans and daily action plans for Math, English and Life Skills. The training was carried out with the assistance of the education sector in Cox's Bazar; the sector provided the lesson books for the teachers which contributed to the effectiveness of the training.

A separate but similar training was also held for local Bangladeshi teachers over two days. The training was completed in two parts so that one teacher could continue classes as normal. Capacity building and training are an essential element of our education program and we look forward to more of continuous improvement training among our team members.  

Proper medical training is also one of the most important aspects of our program. All of our learning centers are equipped with a first aid box and our Community Health Workers provide basic first aid training to our teachers. The most recent one which included CPR training, was held in February. 

 Rohingya construction project is a finalist for award!

We are excited to share the news that OBAT's construction project in the Rohingya camps is a finalist for the FIBRA award! The project is the playground built for Rohingya children. Congratulations to the team working on these projects! 

Here is what the FIBRA award is about:

"To highlight the use of bio-based materials in the construction field, amàco (atelier matières à construire) launched the FIBRA Award with the scientific support of the Zurich Institute of Technology (ETH) and the know-how of BioBuild Concept.
The purpose of this first World Prize for Contemporary Plant Fiber-Based Architecture is to showcase the aesthetic properties, the construction advantages and the environmental benefits. Identifying exceptional buildings around the world will allow the public to discover them.
The FIBRA Award wishes to pay tribute to the courage of clients who chose to use bio-based materials, to the creativity of architects and engineers, and to the skills of craftsmen and contractors. "

Visitors get inspired by OBAT's projects

Shafin and Marium were two new visitors who toured the camps during March. The two cousins were visiting from Hong Kong and Houston, respectively. They expressed great admiration for the the wide scope of projects run by OBAT, especially the digital learning program that is being run for the children in the Temporary Learning Centre # 8. Shafin and Mariam also enjoyed talking with the doctors working in OBAT's clinics and visiting the Women's Empowerment Centre where sewing classes are currently being run. We are very thankful to Shafin who organized a fundraiser for OBAT in Hong Kong on April 13th.

 Thank you very much for creating so much hope with your support. Please spread the word about the plight of this community and share this project's page with your friends.

Until next time,

Your OBAT family.

 

RCF providing dental services
RCF providing dental services
RCF providing dental services
RCF providing dental services
A Rohingya child
A Rohingya child
Playground
Playground
Playground
Playground
Teacher's training
Teacher's training
Teacher's training
Teacher's training
Teacher's training
Teacher's training
Shafin and Mariam with the clinic staff
Shafin and Mariam with the clinic staff
Shafin, with a student from Digital Learning
Shafin, with a student from Digital Learning
Shafin and Mariam with staff
Shafin and Mariam with staff
A group of Rohingya children
A group of Rohingya children

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OBAT Helpers Inc

Location: Indianapolis, IN - USA
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Project Leader:
Saima Hassan
Indianapolis, IN United States
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