On tuesday September 8th, a young man called Mélig came to our class-room to tell us about his life-story . When he was in high-school, he studied economics like us . After his A-levels (2006), he went to university college in Brest to study Geography . He repeated a year because he partied a lot .
He got a degree in map-making.
After a while, he worked in urban development in an office in France, but he didn’t like it much so he left his job and found an ad to work for an NGO in Guinée-Bissau, a small country in West Africa, between Senegal and Guinea .
100 workers work for this NGO, GRDR, in West Africa and Europe . Their field of action is Development and it was created in 1962 by African migrants who wanted to invest money in their country ( Senegal, Mali, Guinea...) and French engineers . The purpose of his job is to analyse the territory and create thematical maps about density, evolution ...
There is no real sanitary system and few schools in this country because it’s very poor .
Mélig lives in a village of 20000 people and after 4 years now he thinks he might come back to Brittany for his friends and Breton music … He said :
« -In my village we are 10 Europeans, 3 French persons only . We eat a lot of rice and fish and the fish is good. »
Melig’ has recently produced an Atlas … .You can see what a young cartographer can do for NGOs at :
Cet ouvrage a été élaboré dans le cadre du programme d’Appui aux initiatives de Développement Local et de Coopérations territoriales, une action mise en œuvre par le Grdr et soutenue par l’Union Européenne, l’Agence Française de Développement, le CCFD-Terre Solidaire, la région Ile-de-France, la région Centre, la Fondation Nicolas Hulot pour la nature et l’homme (Fnh), la Fondation de France, la Fondation Lord Michelham et le Comité Français pour la solidarité internationale.
Publié le : dimanche 13 septembre 2015
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