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  • Stateless people are almost by definition – anonymous. They exists at the edge of society, people with less than most chance of survival and no chance of a career at all
  • Only 7-9% of our funds are used for administrative expenses; In 2011, 76% was spent on programs.
  • Only 7-9% of our funds are used for administrative expenses; In 2011, 76% was spent on programs.
  • Only about 3% of our funds are from organizations and businesses; The majority is from individual donors
  • "OBAT Journey to Change" documentary is created by Zach Rockwood. Zach, a talented videographer from LA, visited the camps in Bangladesh recently (Dec 2012-Jan 2013) with his friend Katie Basbagill (photo journalist from Indianapolis). They joined the OBAT Helpers team and visited different cities to get a first hand glance of OBAT's projects in camps. The documentary is a heart warming portrayal of the trying circumstances and the survival of the camp residents. This video is part of the documentary that is going to be released in the near future. All the work done by both professionals Zach and Katie is voluntarily.
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    • 1. The only US based organization in the world that is helping these forgotten people.
    • 2. Plight of the 300,000+ human souls in Bangladesh Aka; Stranded Pakistanis Stateless citizens (an oxymoron indeed) Bihari Refugees
    • 3. ―To be stripped of citizenship is to be stripped of worldliness; it is like returning to a wilderness as cavemen or savages . . .they could live and die without leaving any trace.‖ — HANNAH ARENDT ―The Origins of Totalitarianism‖
    • 4. The strange, hidden world of the stateless
    • 5. Some stateless people, like these ones in a camp in Bangladesh – are also refugees.
    • 6. In the Shadow Millions Seek to Escape the Grim World of the Stateless
    • 7. Stateless people are almost by definition – anonymous. They exists at the edge of society, people with less than most chance of survival and no chance of a career at all
    • 8. 54,00 0 ,00 19 1 0 3 93,0 00 5 9,00 0 10,00 0 300,0 00 130,0 00 88,0 00 70,0 00 RUS SIAN ESTO N I A FEDERA T I OLAT N VIA UKRA INE GERM ANY SY RIAN ARAB REP. IRA Q KUW AI SAUDI T ARABIA 46,0 KAZAKH 00 STA N Y Z S 10,0 KY RG 00 TE 3,400, NA N 30000 0,000 BA * PA LN G L A DE AN MYS H M A R TURKMEN ISTAN 670,000 DOMINICAN REPUBLIC INDIA NIGER THAILAND SO U RC E : U N H C R | S AT E L L I T E I M AG E MA P © 1 9 9 6 - 2 00 4 P LA N E TA RY V I S I O N S CÔTE D’IV OIRE 8 Note: F States ew have reliable statistics relating to statelesspeople. At the end of 2006, UNHCR was able to report 5.8 million stateless people having difficulty establishing nationality in a total of 49 States. However, the agency believes the true total may be closer to 15 million. Stateless populations which are also classified as refugees are not featured on this map. ETHI OPIA D.R CON GO A GO N LA ZIMBA BWE SRI LA NKA K EN YA 100, 000 MAL AYSIA CAMB ODIA States with a known stateless population host States that of more than 10,000. sizeable populations at risk of statelessness, for * which no reliable The total for Nepal estimates are has shrunk available. considerably during 2007, as a result of a massive regularization exercise. REFU GEES 9
    • 9. Ways to Become Stateless • Political action by some taken a long time ago •Some are being born into it • Deliberate exile •expulsion of Jews from Europe •Feili Kurds from Iraq By Saddam Hussain •Palestinian people after creation of Israel •Muslims of North Rakhine State (Myanmar) •Hilly tribes in Thailand •Bidon tribesman from the Gulf States
    • 10. Ways to Become Stateless • Omission of a particular group, for fear of repercussions • Groups left out of recognized citizens when State first constituted or reformed. Eg: the Bihari citizens of the newly created State of Bangladesh.
    • 11. A Brief History Lesson • 1971 creation of Bangla Desh ▫ Bihari Nationals singled out as ―Traitors‖ ▫ Their crime: Anti Bangla Desh. ▫ Assisted the Pak Army ▫ Insisted on remaining Pakistani ▫ Wanted to be repatriated to West Pakistan
    • 12. The Lesson Continues • Their Punishment: ▫ Many killed, maimed, raped ,belongings looted. ▫ Their property seized ▫ Appox. 500,000+ ― settled in Camps‖ all over the country. ▫ Stripped of all basic human rights.
    • 13. And There's More • ICRC assume responsibility. • ― High level discussions ― between Representatives of BD and PK re repatriation • Neither accepts responsibility • 1973. 178000 repatriated in an exchange • 4600 more in 1982
    • 14. Just One More • To date, several countries governments have offered financial support. • Trusts and money have set aside. • ―High level discussion continues
    • 15. General Condition • The living condition of these camp dwellers are an embarrassment to the world’s social environment. Their living condition is beyond imagination. • In third world countries, animals live better than them.
    • 16. Education • There are no schools for higher education. • Only two primary schools providing basic education, one in Mohammadpur camp Dhaka and the other in Rangpur District. • There are only ten percent of the children of the total population that attend Madrasah type schools.
    • 17. Sanitation One of the major health hazards for camp residents are unsanitary living conditions. The water supply becomes contaminated with sewage, and camp residents have no choice but to continue drinking that water. There is a serious lack of bathroom facilities as well.
    • 18. Health People have none or very limited access to health care. In the entire Bangladesh, there are only three or four small clinics that are being run by some charitable organizations.
    • 19. Population Total population in 66 camps of Bangladesh: 200,000. According to a rough survey in 7 camps of Chittagong, Bangladesh; • Total numbers of camps 7 • Total numbers of residents 23,600 • Total numbers of schools/Madrasah 3 • Total number of clinics 0 • Total number of bathrooms 34
    • 20. Camp Life
    • 21. Health Education OBAT Helpers Initiatives Empowering the Forgotten Camp Improvements SelfEmpowerment
    • 22. The Creation of OBAT Helpers
    • 23. Education Camp Improvements Self-Empowerment
    • 24. Health Health Clinics Cataract Surgeries Chemotherapy More than 10,000 patients are served in the clinics every year. 1,000 successful surgeries were completed in 2012. OBAT has successfully started Mrs. Qais’ breast cancer treatment.
    • 25. Health Education Self-Empowerment Projects include: installing deep tube wells in different camps, rebuilding/construction of bathrooms, sanitation facilities, community center, providing financial assistance to sick, elderly and widows, Ramadan Food Distribution, Qurbani Meat Distribution.
    • 26. Camp Improvements Ramadan Food Distribution Construction & Rebuilding In 2013, food was distributed to over 2500 families, focusing on widows, elderly members of the camps, and families of OBAT school students. Total Cost: $22,500 An abundant of space has now been converted to a place for community programs and OBAT Educational Projects. Safe Water Projects We are currently running 4 deep tube well projects to provide a safe and clean water source Cost: 6,000-7,500
    • 27. Health Education Camp Needs Over 1,600 families have been selfempowered through our micro-finance program. This program is mainly designed for women entrepreneurs who are provide financial assistance from 10,000 to 100,000 taka. Presently, our first project is selfsustained with a total rolling fund of more than 40 Million taka.
    • 28. Empowerment Self-Empowerment This program benefits those individuals who are eager to start their own businesses. Vocational Training This program helps empower women by teaching them new skills and abilities to help them earn income to support their families.
    • 29. Empowerment Project: Borrowers per Year 1,466 Number of Borrowers 1,600 1,327 1,378 1,401 1,200 872 800 400 82 150 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Year Please note: Reports up to October 2012
    • 30. Amount of Loan Given (Taka) Empowerment Project: Loans per Year 50,000,000 40,870,600 40,000,000 33,804,000 30,000,000 23,969,000 20,000,000 10,000,000 14,536,500 7,187,400 1,071,400 470,800 0 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Year Please note: Reports up to October 2012
    • 31. Health Camp Improvements Self-Empowerment Altogether, OBAT operates more than 50 educational and training projects, including schools and tutoring, sewing and computer training centers. More than 600 scholarships have been offered to students pursuing education at different levels (middle school to higher education).
    • 32. Education Schools 7 Primary Schools 4 tutoring centers 21 Preschools Adult literacy programs College scholarships 10 Non Formal Education 4 Computer Training Centers This program allows children to keep working to support families while also gaining an education. Computer training opens the door of improved education for students and adults alike.
    • 33. OBAT Helpers’ Operations Overview & Graphs
    • 34. OBAT Helpers – General Info Donations & Projects per Year $350,000.00 $300,000.00 $250,000.00 $200,000.00 $150,000.00 $100,000.00 $50,000.00 $0.00 Donations Projects & Programs
    • 35. OBAT Helpers – General Info OBAT Helpers Expenses Breakdown Average from previous 9 years 6% 3% Project & Programs Admin Expenses 91% Fund Raising Expenses
    • 36. OBAT Helpers Funds by Donors 3% 97% Individual Donations Corporate/Organization Donations
    • 37. OBAT Helpers ―Journey To Change‖
    • 38. Current 5 Year Plan Additional Projected Total Financial Cost Primary Schools 6 4 10 $100,000 Middle Schools 1 4 5 $40,000 Preschools 25 75 100 $110,000 Health Clinics 2 3 5 $150,000 Higher Education Scholarships /year 50 200 250 $125,000 Tutoring Centers 4 21 25 $125,000 Computer Training Centers 4 21 25 $125,000 Vocational Training Centers 2 8 10 $35,000 $810,000
    • 39. Project Sponsorship Education Initiatives • Provide lunches for students during school year: ▫ Lunches: $135,000 (.20 cents * 270 days * 250k students) Self Empowerment • $300-$500/per person ▫ $100,000 total cost (assisting roughly ~300 people)
    • 40. •Financial Support: •Adopt education project(s) •Fund college scholarships •Fund our health clinics •Fund our self-empowerment program •Fund camp improvement and development projects •Support: •Hold fundraising at your work place, school, or place of worship •Volunteer by sharing your skills with us like writing, video making, designing brochures, quick books, etc. •Contact your local politicians and favorite celebrities to bring awareness to our cause! How can YOU help?
    • 41. OBAT is striving to bring change and empower to this community. Help us Help them.