A life-changing journey

What is Faces2Hearts about?

Faces2Hearts is a worldwide blogging experience that will take 4 young people on a 5-month journey across 3 continents. They will discover projects that change peoples’ lives for the better, supported by the EU. And they will reveal the often unreported stories of the fascinating people they meet – stories of positive change and hope.

Faces2Hearts is a journey to the hearts of people. It is about the people that our 4 bloggers encounter along their journey, the environments and communities they discover. The bloggers will go beyond faces or stereotypes to reveal compelling stories to the world, stories of positive change, often unreported, stories inspired by projects funded by the European Union: the largest development donor in the world.

How will it work?

There are 4 stages in this adventure:

The first stage, the competition, is almost completed.

We have shortlisted 20 candidates from the hundreds of entries received and now we are selecting our final four winners – one from each of four global regions (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America). This process involves an expert jury and public participation. Our 4 winners will be announced on 21 November!

From these 4 winners will be selected – one from each of four global regions (Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America) – in a process involving an expert jury and public participation. Our 4 winners will be announced on 21 November!

All 4 winning bloggers (our faces) will receive training in Brussels in early December 2017 and be provided with audio-visual equipment, which they can keep after the project.

Their journeys will take place during the first half of 2018 and each of our faces will travel and discover stories within his or her own region, except for the European blogger who will be travelling in Eastern & Southern Africa. It is envisaged that each Faces2Hearts journey will include time in 6 to 8 countries in the region.

The Faces2Hearts bloggers will discover projects that change people’s lives for the better, supported by the EU. And they will reveal the often unreported stories of the fascinating people they meet – stories of positive change and hope. They will record their experiences, interactions and feelings in regular blog postings (including videos and photos) and through a variety of social media channels. Regular challenges will also be set for the 4 bloggers and there will be many opportunities to interact with their followers.

The project will culminate at the European Development Days in June, where our four faces will share their stories and confront their views with development professionals. The European Development Days is the EU’s leading forum on development and takes place in Brussels. Over the years, it brought together 42,000 participants from 154 countries including 100 world leaders.

Who is behind Faces2Hearts?

This unique opportunity is offered by EuropeAid, the EU’s International Cooperation and Development department, sitting within the European Commission.

Its main mission is to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development worldwide. To achieve this EuropeAid works closely with EU member states, UN agencies, and global and local civil society.