101 Reporters is a news platform which sources original stories from grassroots reporters across the country, then edits and markets them to the national and international media. It brings reporters and publishers on a common platform for wider publication of socially-impacting stories. 101 Reporters believes that important stories fail to find space in national media not because publishers are not interested but because they don’t have reporters to report them. And, there are scores of grassroots journalists looking for a platform. We are providing them one. Over the next one year we plan to have at least one reporter covering each of 664 districts of India.
The Association “Afectos com Letras” was born from the desire to do a little more for others. As a Portuguese Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGOD) founded in 2009 it is primarily engaged in the design, promotion, implementation and support of programs, projects and activities in Portugal and, foremost, in developing countries, in areas as of education, public health and education. Since 2009 the intervention of this NGO is focused in Guinea-Bissau, where it has been expanding several projects on education, health and women’s empowerment.
We are very excited to share our knowledge and work in the field, as well as to know other examples that will emerge in the Faces2Hearts project. We believe that EU cooperation can really make a difference in a person’s life in Africa.
Johnny Ward, one of the world’s top travel and lifestyle bloggers at OneStep4Ward, is one of the youngest people in history to visit every country in the world. Through his blog and digital media company, Johnny travelled full-time for 10 years, working from his laptop, to achieve his goal of traveling through all 197 countries. En route, from his laptop, Johnny became a self-made millionaire.
Since finishing his journey, Johnny, along with one of his closest friends, created the GiveBackGiveAway.com, where he uses his social media reach as a platform to crowdfund for projects in the developing world. They have since built dormitories for refugees in Thailand, playgrounds for communities in Cambodia and recently a school in Southern Myanmar, with projects in India and the Philippines up next.
Oxfam is an international confederation of 20 organisations working together with partners and local communities in more than 90 countries. One person in three in the world lives in poverty. Oxfam is determined to change that world by mobilising the power of people against poverty. Around the globe, Oxfam works to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. In all we do, Oxfam works with partner organisations and alongside vulnerable women and men to end the injustices that cause poverty.
RICOH IMAGING EUROPE S.A.S. is a leading supplier of recreational and professional imaging equipment, with a long standing brand heritage in both Pentax and Ricoh branded products. Its product range is extensive and includes state of the art digital SLR, medium format, cameras, expert, action and outdoor compact cameras and an extensive range of high performance lenses and accessories.
Since the RICOH THETA was first launched in 2013 as the world’s first 360° single shot camera, this exceptional imaging tool has been used to capture exciting and unique fully-spherical images in a variety of situations. The 360° visual space has defied the conventions of traditional photography and allowed users to capture their entire surrounding in one image. These can even be shared with others using a VR headset, allowing them be fully immersed in the scene, as though they were actually with there.
RICOH IMAGING is really proud to be a part of this international project and to follow day by day these 4 bloggers across the world handing our THETA 360 camera. They will share their adventure with a different point of view. A 360 view. It will offer an immersive and high realistic experience to the community and it’s one of our mission: “encourage people to capture all moments of their lives.
Inspired by his father, and a childhood interest for encyclopaedia over story books, Keith Yuen loves embarking on solo travels, not just to mainstream countries but also to exotic places. He is the man behind Travel Inspiration 360; he considers travelling to be “one of the great true loves” of his life, and believes each experience he’s had as a traveller thus far has made him richer. To-date, he has traversed across 6 continents in 84 countries.
While many people relentlessly pursue wealth and material success in life, traveling gives him a sense of purpose in life. To embark on the road less travelled, showing the world what they might not have seen. Photographing the beautiful places that we might have missed, correcting our misconceptions, sharing voices that are never being heard, documenting stories and moments over social media has been a fulfilling part of his life.
He will be sharing his knowledge, experiences and inspiring change to our four young travellers on the #Faces2Heart worldwide blogging competition. Leveraging on this platform to inspire young minds, in bringing the world closer through travel blogging.
UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. The European Union is a vital supporter of UNDP’s work in nearly 140 countries to enhance democratic governance and the rule of law, build resilience and recover from conflict and natural disasters, and adapt to climate change.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
The UNICEF Lao PDR country office works across a variety of areas to help ensure child survival and promote child rights. In close collaboration with the Lao Government, UN agencies, civil society, international NGOs, faith-based groups, local communities and youth groups, UNICEF works across health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation and child protection sectors with the aim of realising the rights of every child.
Worldpackers is a community based on collaboration and honest relationships that make travel more accessible to those seeking a profound cultural experience. It is a global marketplace connecting travellers and hosts through the exchange of skills for accommodation. Through an online platform and community we connect travelers looking to exchange their skills for accommodation – with incredible hosts from all around the world.
When the team at Worldpackers found out about the Faces2Hearts project they absolutely beamed with the opportunity to be involved. Faces2Hearts not only encourages and encompasses a journey, but further the ability to document this journey and share the story all around the world. Where each of the bloggers will go beyond ‘faces’ or stereotypes to share their stories to the world. These are the stories we love and these include the stories inspired by the invaluable list of projects funded by the European Union.
There is a direct connection with Worldpackers and the Faces2Hearts project as there is this sense of urgency to encourage, inspire, explore but also contribute. Through documenting these experiences we are able to share, create a sense of community and contribute to our world that is so great to us. From time spent at EU projects to host stays with Worldpackers, it is the benefit to the community and the need to share that beneficial experience which not only gives one a life changing experience but creates successful impact and encourages others to do the same. We both want to inspire others to do more good and show the world what you can experience and how you can make a difference!