Projects Open Hands was created to provide immigrants coming into the United States with accessibility to resources that will ease them into their new lives.

Sanjidah A, Anna F, Sabrina R, Shreya U, Isabelle L

Projects Open Hands was created to provide immigrants coming into the United States with accessibility to resources that will ease them into their new lives. For those who are searching for opportunities in America, our site provides a variety of services such as food banks, hospitals, housing opportunities, and legal services. Our mission is to bridge the gap in our communities caused by social unjust and destitution. We also strive to alleviate the stress and pressure of beginning a new life in a foreign country by offering immigrants with a supportive foundation for which they may find comfort and success.

Imagine coming from a war torn country, arriving to the United States in order to find refuge, to find a home, to find a new life - a better life. However, you are faced with a new struggle. You do not know the land, the language, or anyone who you’d be able to go for to help. In your country, you struggled to have food or a home. Resources were scarce. In this new country, resources are available, but it can be a struggle to find them.

To address this issue, we chose to create a website that immigrants can use as a database of resources for them to use as a foundation for their new lives. Projects Open Hands was created to provide immigrants coming into the United States with accessibility to resources that will ease them into their new lives. For those who are searching for opportunities in America, our site provides a variety of services such as food banks, hospitals, housing opportunities, and legal services. Our mission is to bridge the gap in our communities caused by social unjust and destitution. We also strive to alleviate the stress and pressure of beginning a new life in a foreign country by offering immigrants with a supportive foundation for which they may find comfort and success.

One of the challenges we faced during this project was figuring out how to apply Google Translate’s API to our website. Despite easily finding and accessing the Javascript code, we struggled to find a way to manipulate it so that it will allow the user to access the navigation bar without encountering Google’s watermark as well as implementing the translated language on every webpage. We came across this challenge due to the fact that we did not have access to our own domain name service, but rather on Github which is a different website altogether.

"I appreciated the fact that your group utilized technology for such a serious and relevant topic that our generation has a massive impact on." -Jennifer T.

We are a group of five girls based at BlackRock, NYC who created Project Open Hands for immigrants to easily access available services in the New York boroughs. We were inspired to develop this website as a result of the current immigration crisis in America. Our lineup includes Sanjidah Abdullah, a rising senior at the Bronx High School of Science, Anna Francis, a rising junior at the Putney School, Isabelle Lopez, a rising junior at New Hyde Park Memorial High School, Sabrina Rubinshteyn, a rising senior at Blind Brook High School and Shreya Uppal, a rising senior at the Mary Louis Academy.

Click here to view our webpage Project Open Hands.

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