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Les amis de Poa et le jumelage Vandoeuvre-Poa (Burkina Faso) de 1968 à nos jours : genèse, réalités, spécificités et enjeux

Abstract : Several decades ago, Claude LEGAIT, a Frenchman of Vandœuvre, create in 1978 with a few friends, one of whom is Guy AUFRERE, an association called Les Amis de Sabou (The Law of Associations, 1901) after one of his travels to Poa in the Republic of Upper Volta, now Burkina-Faso. The organisation was established to aid said friends in the region, who often faced precarious living standards in health and education. To change the situation, the association led by Claude LEGAIT and its president Guy AUFRERE, organised under FMVJ’s supervision the first projects involving the shipment of medication, and the start of Operation Bulldozer, which would make the association known both in the ZUP of Vandœuvre and beyond, but also in the village of Poa, which at that time was a canton of the sub prefecture of Sabou.Claude LEGAIT and Guy AUFRERE were determined. The successor of AUFRERE, Gerard VOREAUX, and several others, started to negotiate with municipalities of the Lorraine region so to institute a town twinning initiative with the canton of Poa. After various negations, the town twinning project was finally established between Vandœuvre and the sub prefecture of Sabou in december 1982, in presence of Francis CROMBEZ, the representative of the mayor of Vandœuvre, Richard POUILLE. President from 1981 to 2014, Gerard VOREAUX gives more scope to the action of the association which trains from 1985 the German city of Lemgo in the twinning.From that moment on, Sabou’s, and more particularly Poa’s landscape was going to transform, thanks to a reformation of the town twinning agreement in 1991. Equally, thousands of French volunteers coming from Lorraine worked with their Burkinabe peers to edify infrastructure for education and health purposes. In 1994, Les Amis de Sabou was renamed Les Amis de Poa.In 2009, the renewing of the town twinning agreement between the mayor of Vandœuvre, Stéphane HALBOT and the mayor of Poa, Jean ZONGO were thought as a token of faith in all the actors involved, while the quality of exchanges between the town twins reflected the positive prospect of a convincing Franco-African alliance.
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Willy Davy Moundemba. Les amis de Poa et le jumelage Vandoeuvre-Poa (Burkina Faso) de 1968 à nos jours : genèse, réalités, spécificités et enjeux. Histoire. Université de Lorraine, 2018. Français. ⟨NNT : 2018LORR0102⟩. ⟨tel-01923506⟩

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