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Our mission is to work for the welfare, support and empowerment of indigent and displaced people. The key focus is on alleviating the suffering of thousands of internally displaced people stranded in makeshift camps in Bangladesh by providing them with better living conditions, education and economic skills and opportunities.
OBAT Helpers is a non-profit, 501(C)(3) organization committed to providing aid, support, education and economic empowerment to the suffering and displaced people known as, "Urdu speaking." They are also sometimes referred to as, "Stranded Pakistanis" or the "Bihari community." Based in Indianapolis, United States, since the last decade, OBAT is exclusively focused on capacitating this population through its education, health care and empowerment initiatives.
The unfortunate Urdu speaking community has been stranded in Bangladesh since the country achieved independence from Pakistan in 1971. They were supposed to be repatriated to Pakistan after the two countries separated but most of them could not due to various complications. They still live in the dilapidated and slum-like camps that were supposed to serve as their temporary shelter forty-four years ago. This population is scattered across one hundred and sixteen camps which house around 300,000 people.
OBAT is set to empower these individuals through its health, educational and infrastructure development programs.