Compassion Without Borders

Presented by


Coordinated by 

Butler High School in collaboration with all area Public and Private High Schools



Bernard Kouchner established Doctors Without Borders to serve humanity by delivering emergency aid and speaking out for victims of armed conflict, epidemics and natural and man-made disasters in countries across the globe regardless of established national borders, race, religion, creed or political affiliation. QUESTION: If you had the means to travel outside our national borders to further peace and justice or alleviate suffering for others, what would you do and why?

WHAT: Presented by The Echo Foundation, The Bernard Kouchner Project: Compassion Without Borders, offers an art and writing contest in six categories: ART, PHOTOGRAPHY, POETRY AND ESSAY (ENGLISH AND FRENCH). Keeping in mind the compassionate work of human rights activist and founder of Nobel Prize winning organization “Doctors Without Borders”, Bernard Kouchner, and relating to the project theme, students are invited to respond to the above paragraph through any of the six mentioned categories.

WHO: The Contest is open to all Charlotte area High School Students, grades 9 – 12.

WHEN: Entry forms and submissions must be postmarked or received by The Echo Foundation at 926 Elizabeth Avenue, Suite 403, Charlotte, NC 28204, by Friday, December 12, 2003 at 5:00PM.

HOW: Entry forms are available beginning September 1, 2003 and may be downloaded from The Echo Foundation web site at or obtained at The Echo Foundation office. No student name should appear on the front of a submission and an entry form must accompany each entry.

PURCHASE AWARDS AND CATEGORIES: First ($100), second ($75) and third ($50) prizes will be given in each of the six categories: art, photography, essay (English & French) and poetry (English & French). All other Art and Photography entries can be reclaimed following the contest’s judging.

JUDGING AND RULES: Educators and professionals in the corresponding fields will serve on the judging panel. The panel reserves the right to not award a cash prize in a category if the submissions do not meet the qualifications for entry. All written entries must be typed (double-spaced). Word limit for essays is 1,500; poetry has no limit on length. 2-D original artwork and photography is not to exceed 36″ in height or width.

For more information contact: The Echo Foundation at 704-347-3844 or June Mancz at Butler High School 980-343-6300 or email questions to:

[email protected]

BK ESSAY CONTEST French or english
BK POETRY CONTEST french of English