I am in Madagascar since mid March. As I wrote in my previous blogpost, I started a sabbatical year with my husband and our first destination was a small fishing village on the west coast of Madagascar. For six weeks we worked as volunteers for a British NGO, Blue Ventures, supporting in their education programme, engaging with local communities on the topic of marine resource management and drafting a report about BV’s strategy in the region.We also started a joint blog about our experience, where you can find a more detailed description of what we’ve been doing and lots of beautiful pictures taken by my husband.
I reunited with some of the things I did two years ago, like this mural I painted on the health centre’s wall with a local artist, Nady.I tried to bring my illustration skills to support the various projects and produced three posters. This one was for Steph’Andava, a partner of Blue Ventures, working with local teachers and students on improving their French language skills. They needed a poster that would help to practice personal pronouns in French. The black figure on the bottom right represents the speaker, and the idea was that the students can stick the personal pronouns on post-its onto the poster. Next, I did a poster targeting community members (the large majority of whom are illiterate) to explain Blue Ventures’ data collection work. All sharks caught in the region are measured and the data is then used to understand the larger trends in shark populations.