As leader of a French-Algerian consortium, Egis is in charge of monitoring and controlling construction of the motorway link between the port of Djen Djen (in the Jijel province) and the East-West motorway (Sétif province) in Algeria. The project spans several years and has offered a key opportunity to create links with neighbouring communities, by supporting young athletes.
For this project, the supervising offices are on two sites, Jijel and Sétif. Getting from one to the other means travelling over 100 kilometres. Despite cultural differences and the restrictions on movement imposed by the authorities on expatriates, relations with local people have been easy and warm. Having worked for 36 months on the site, the teams are now widely known and liked.
It therefore seemed only natural for Egis to be called upon by the Jijel Medina Sports Union (USMJ) to support a sports project for young people.
The initiative of the USMJ - a new charity founded and managed by former players or coaches - focuses on promoting volleyball by training young children in the sport, a fun and healthy activity.
Egis, for whom community involvement is a key priority (it is even one of the four strategic objectives in its sustainable development roadmap), has decided to support this organisation, which is training nearly 80 young children (6 to 12 years old), by contributing to equipment purchases such as jerseys, shorts, and tracksuits.
Much to its delight, last November, Egis was able to attend one of the training sessions, in the presence of the press. It was a friendly and enjoyable event attended by local people, and the enthusiasm was shared by all.
The charity's members and coaches, with Pierre Meurisse (centre), project manager for Egis, next to the project's HR manager, Sonia Bouziane.
At the event, organisers expressed their gratitude to Egis, which was then reported in the local written press and television media.