Register today at www.Race4Rehma2014.eventbrite.com!
The Rehma project was initiated in 2011 by OBAT in an effort to contribute to the local Indianapolis community. Since then, OBAT has held two 5 K walks/runs to help the beneficiaries, Second Helpings and Sense Charter School.
The next 5K walk/run known as "Race for Rehma," (Rehma is an Arabic word meaning, "compassion") is scheduled for April 26th, 2014, 11:30 am at the scenic Indianapolis downtown canal walk. This year, Race for Rehma is being held in partnership with Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc., a local refugee resettlement agency that welcomes more than 800 refugees to Indianapolis annually. All proceeds will go towards fulfilling their mission of assisting refugees in becoming established and successful in their new lives in Indianapolis. Every year, more than 15 million refugees are outside their home countries and are forced to live in camps or temporary situations. Refugees are faced with many challenges and need the assistance of their new neighbors to succeed in their new lives. Exodus provides initial housing, intensive case management, skills training, cultural orientation, English language instruction, physical and mental health resources, employment assistance and many other support services.
Join us in supporting the mission of Exodus and in helping the local refugee community.
Our mission is to work for the welfare, support and rehabilitation of indigent, stateless and displaced people. The primary focus is to alleviate the suffering of thousands of stateless people stranded in refugee camps in Bangladesh. Our goal is to provide them with better living conditions, education and economic empowerment.
OBAT has completed nine years of struggles and successes. In this time, we have accomplished several projects, of which I am proud to share with you the high self-empowerment rate achieved in our education and micro-financing projects. Up to this date, we have been able to provide basic education to thousands of kids and also help hundreds of youth for college and professional education.
I travel every year to Bangladesh to visit our forgotten brothers and sisters. My recent visit marked a milestone for the journey of their progress. At the Rangpur tutoring center, I asked the students about their future plans and almost 60% of them expressed interest in becoming a doctor, lawyer or another professional.