Open Hands Initiative

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About us

The Open Hands Initiative is a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Jay Snyder. Open Hands is dedicated to improving people-to-people understanding and international friendship through exchanges and other projects that focus on our basic shared values and common humanity.

Our work takes place in the spheres of everyday life - health, culture, education, and recreation - and stresses that each and every country has much to teach and learn from one another. Please visit our Project Areas page to learn more.

Initial target countries for the Initiative's projects include Pakistan, Indonesia and Syria, with subsequent expansion plans throughout the developing world and beyond.

The first program was the Youth Ability Summit and a Music Exchange, which took place in Damascus, Syria in August 2010.

Open Hands made a Commitment to Action with the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010 to produce a comic book featuring the world's first cross-cultural superhero with disabilities.


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Phone: 917-544-7260

555 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 10022, US

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