The families living in the displaced population camps are those who were dispossessed when East Pakistan became Bangladesh in 1971 and eventually rendered them stateless. They are not referred to as refugees as they were already living in East Pakistan/Bangladesh when they lost everything; they didn’t leave the land but, in a way, the land left them.
These families have been ‘displaced’ for 50 years now, entering the fourth generation growing up and living in these camps. There are up to 104 camps all over Bangladesh with camp populations ranging from a couple thousand to over 50,000 inhabitants. Camp residents live in difficult conditions, often in one-room 8′ x 10′ shelters without running water and basic needs.
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Donors who commit to at least a 12 months donation or sign up for recurring payments will receive a one-pager with information and a picture about the beneficiary (family or orphan, depending on the program you selected). We will also offer an optional video call to these donors, facilitated by an OBAT Canada volunteer.
For the orphan sponsorship program specifically, we will provide an annual update on the orphan if you have committed to a full year donation.
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100% of your donation goes towards the education program. When you donate, we put the money towards the program with the most pressing needs.
OBAT Canada has a variety of educational programs available for our beneficiaries. We provide pre-school, elementary and high school education for the children in the Saidpur camps. In addition, we offer a tutorial center to help support the students, as well as a vocational center where we offer skills development courses to support the people of the camp in finding employment and creating a sustainable living for themselves.
Having success in secondary education in Bangladesh often requires students to supplement their time in class with tutoring. This is often quite expensive and can exceed half the monthly income of a family at a refugee camp. At OBAT Canada, we do not want to just facilitate access to education but rather to facilitate successful education. Our tutoring centre exists to help us achieve this goal.