Raise awareness about humanitarian crises

Iram M, Kellie C, Samantha W

Our mission is to raise awareness about the various humanitarian crises around the world and ultimately encourage others to donate their resources to mitigate the different conflicts. The website’s main feature is a map with 29 countries marked on it. When a country is clicked on, a sidebar pops up showing a summary of the current conflicts occurring in that specific nation. Underneath each summary, we have also mentioned charities and included their links so people can assist those they read about.

Most of us hear news that the media only wants to cover and display for the public. As a result, a lot of us are unaware of multiple conflicts that don’t receive as much coverage as other topics. There are millions of people suffering from brutal civil wars, sexual violence, terrorists, and/or extreme poverty and famine. The majority of them don’t receive the attention and aid that they so desperately need.

The main feature of our project is a world map with markers on 29 countries. When one of those points are clicked, a sidebar appears with a summary of the major crisis going on in that specific country. In addition, we also linked several non-profit charities at the bottom of each sidebar to encourage our audience to donate to these issues. Our main goal is to inform others about the several different humanitarian issues that are not as widely broadcasted in the news compared to others.

We wanted a map to be the main feature on our website. However, we didn’t know how to incorporate it onto our project at first. As a result, we experimented with a variety of “maps” such as trying out SVG Maps, OpenLayers (which is what we went over in class a couple weeks prior to the project), and Google Maps API. After researching for hours and trying to figure out each one, we finally discovered Google MyMaps. The map is able to be customized on the website, and then be embedded into the HTML code. We overcame this technical challenge through patience and perseverance. Otherwise, we probably would not have found an adequate map.

"The information on the map is illuminating and educating. It makes me aware of conflicts I didn't know about beforehand."

Kellie, Iram, and Samantha were thrilled to be put into a group together. All three had the common idea of helping other people, which is how the idea of “Humapitarian” came into existence. Despite some of the obstacles, such as summarizing immense amounts of information and formatting the website to their liking, the three worked cohesively with one another and maintained consistent communication.

This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at Autodesk.