ART Contest !
Hear me. See me. Walk with me!
An image is worth a thousand words. The Art Contest “Hear me. See me. Walk with me.” encourages young people across Europe to use their creativity to learn, understand, and support people forced to flee their country.
This art contest is your chance to use your creativity for a good cause. Worldwide, more than 80 million people have fled their homes to escape conflict and persecution. Children, youth and families can use their talents to share the message that everyone deserves to be treated with practical kindness, justice, compassion and love – to live as God intended.
Who can apply?
The contest is open to all children, youth and families ages 5 to 25 years.
All artwork must be the sole and original work of the participators. Parents/guardians may provide minimal help to younger children.
Contest entries will be divided by age, and the most outstanding artworks will be chosen from each age category. Artworks will be evaluated by the Art Committee. Members will evaluate based on creativity as well as how effectively it conveys the message of kindness, hope, and solidarity. Each participant is welcome to share the artwork on his/her social media).
- 5 – 9 years
- 10 – 14 years
- 15 – 18 years
- 19 – 25 years
- HANDS OF HOPE: Everyone is worthy of love, care and kindness. Welcoming displaced persons among us is restoring their hope and dignity.
- BRINGING FORGOTTEN CHILDREN TO SCHOOL: Every refugee child should be given a chance to receive a quality education.
Types of art expression that can be submitted:
Two-dimensional artworks like painting, drawing, collage, and comic page.
Please take a good-quality photo of your work and submit it through our webpage.
How to apply?
Interested candidates can submit their work online in jpeg, pdf, png, or any other formats by clicking here. The deadline to apply is 15 May 2022.
Who will win?
Contest entries will be divided by age, and the most outstanding piece of art will be chosen from each age group. Some artworks may be used to further promote the education of all children, shared on social media, and used as education material for raising awareness about the migration issue as widely as possible.
Winners will receive awards and experiences appropriate for different age groups, for example, school supplies, gift vouchers for attending a Camporee, a youth camp or congress, or a volunteer experience of ADRA projects in Europe. Winners can also donate the value of their prize, and ADRA will provide school supplies for the refugee children.
The Art Committee will evaluate artworks and choose the three best entries from each category. Jurors will determine based on creativity and how effectively it conveys the message of kindness, hope, and solidarity. Shortly after the Committee members’ selection, ADRA will launch an invitation on social media for people to vote, from 18 to 28 May, on our webpage for their favourite piece of art from each category. Each participant is welcome to share the artwork on their social media.
Winners will be notified by email after voting is completed. The online award ceremony will be available on 18 June 2022.
- EUD (Paulo): Paulo.firstname.lastname@example.org
- TED (David or Vanesa): email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
- ADRA (Maja or Ausenda) email@example.com: firstname.lastname@example.org
Award Ceremony 2021
Young artists are kindly invited to prepare artworks that will “touch” one of two themes explained below. Each participant is welcome to explore thematic further with parents, teachers, friends, and the faith community. All around us live people who were forced to flee persecution, violence, hardship, war… Listen and think about their stories.
In addition to personal engagement and interaction with refugees, we highly recommend online teaching resources about refugees, migrants and internally displaced people prepared by ADRA International (material is here). The UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) developed the material for age groups (6 – 9, 9 – 12, 12 -15, 15 – 18 years). Link to resource page here.
Video reports and materials from previous years are available here.
WHO are refugees?
Refugees are people who have fled war, violence, conflict or persecution and have crossed an international border to find safety in another country. They often have had to flee with little more than the clothes on their back, leaving behind homes, possessions, jobs and loved ones.
These journeys, which all start with the hope for a better future, can also be full of danger and fear. Some people risk falling prey to human trafficking and other forms of exploitation. Some are detained by the authorities as soon as they arrive in a new country. Once they’re settling in and start building a new life, many face daily racism, xenophobia and discrimination. Some people end up feeling alone and isolated because they have lost the support networks that most of us take for granted – our communities, colleagues, relatives and friends.
- HANDS OF HOPE
When war broke out in Ukraine, a new crisis of displaced persons erupted. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, there has not been an exodus as fast as this one since World War II.
A human tide of displaced people seeks refuge in various parts of western Ukraine and abroad. They flee war and famine often without knowing where they are going. This is mainly women and children who are forced to leave their homes and families, depending on the mercy and goodwill of others. Nonetheless, the generosity of the thousands of people, who mobilise themselves to help, spreads as much or more than evil. These volunteers’ loving hands of hope strive to wipe away the tears that fall from broken hearts.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that 18 million people are likely to be affected by this emergency. Every day, we witness a mass migration towards the neighbouring countries of Poland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, and Moldova. Many of these countries are transit countries as thousands of people continue their journey to other destinations.
Europe was swift to trigger a temporary protection mechanism for the millions of displaced people seeking shelter. However, it has proven difficult to ensure the protection of civilians under humanitarian principles due to limited access and distribution. The opening of humanitarian corridors allows the evacuation of thousands of people, but often corridors only bear the name as civilians cannot leave nor humanitarian aid can enter. Difficulties in opening corridors in the field remain.
The civilian population is bearing the consequences of this war, as infrastructure and public services are collapsing. It is vital to have unrestricted access to those in need in order to protect them from violence and provide assistance, enabling them to live with dignity.
In time, it is our hope and prayer that those being assisted will be reunited with their loved ones and able to return to their homeland. For now, Ukrainian people need our solidarity. In the Bible, God urges us to love the most needed. When Jesus refers to the ones He will receive in His Kingdom, He says: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:34-36 (NIV)
2. BRINGING FORGOTTEN CHILDREN TO SCHOOL
Due to climate change, the number of natural disasters globally has increased every year, resulting in millions of people being obliged to flee their homes. Children are particularly affected by these catastrophes.
Earthquakes, floods or typhoons destroy schools and leave millions of children without access to education. Many of them need to leave their places of origin and move to regions where they can find security.
In Nicaragua, for example, Hurricane Mitch resulted in a 45% increase in child labour among the most affected households. Similarly, in the Philippines, Typhoon Mike led to an increased school year repetition and poor education performance.
Frequent shifts from droughts to floods are recurrent in Sub-Saharan Africa, both of which often lead to the displacement of populations and, consequently, disruption of education.
Furthermore, climate change has contributed to the significant rise in the number of children living in food-insecure households, resulting in higher levels of malnourishment. In turn, malnourishment impairs cognitive development and focus for students who continue to attend class in the wake of disaster.
About half of the refugee population in the world are under 18. And refugee children are five times less likely to attend school than the children who live in those countries to which they have fled. In 2017, four million refugee children were out of school, which was an increase of half a million from the previous year.[i]