Perspective Development Skills (PDS) – also known as Perspective Development Skills Charitable Organization – is a Community Organization located in Kibele, Tunguu, Zanzibar (Tanzania). It was registered in September 2017 under the Societies Act No. 6 of 1995-Zanzibar-Tanzania and its Registration Number is Z0000097307.
Zanzibar is an Archipeloago of Tanzania. It consists of many small islands and two large ones: Unguja and Pemba. The area of these two main Islands is about 2,3 km², which consists of 5 regions and 11 districts with a total population of 1.3 million.
Zanzibar is impacted by ever-growing poverty issues, especially in the rural areas. Poverty is mainly due to a lack of jobs and to the political situation of the country.
PDS Head Office is located in Kibele Village, in Unguja Island, where most of the programs take place. However, some other projects take place in Pemba Island, more specifically in the village of Tumbe, in Micheweni District. We develop all our projects in rural areas to be as close as possible to the community we serve.
Kibele & Tumbe Village
The idea of PDS came from its current Director General, Abdalla Kh. Hamad. He was born in Zanzibar, in a poor family in Pemba Island. Since he was a kid, he has been involved with community, participating in many peer education and life-skills trainings. When he was President of Zanzibar University in 2015-2016 he established an Outreach Program for the sake of doing research about the problems faced by the community of Zanzibar. It appeared that the more recurrent problem was unemployment, especially in the rural areas. That’s how he got the idea to create PDS. He realized that local job creation should be the main objective of PDS. Indeed, all the other issues come from the same key problem, like the branches of the tree all come from the same trunk. This local job creation objective constitutes the trunk of PDS and two main branches grow from it: women and youth empowerment. Indeed, they are the most impacted by the lake of employment opportunities.
So far, PDS has created no less than 400 local jobs with the few resources that it has as a small organization. In the future, we believe that we will be a big organization which will provide much more jobs than we already do. Today, PDS is an ever-growing family, with a lot of volunteers and supporters from all over the world whose generosity has helped, still help and will help the community of Zanzibar in the future.