Guy Mullens: Founder & Trainer
The main motivation of the Zanzibits project is to reduce the creative and technical gap between Zanzibar/Tanzania/East Africa and the rest of the world, while making sure that the cultural integrity of the local youths is not harmed. Guy Mullens has been active in the IT/Web development field for over ten years, and he thought the time right to use his knowledge and financial background to initiate such a project.
Guy has been coming to Zanzibar for more than four years now, and has moved there in the beginning of 2007.
It all started with a plan to build a cybercafé on the east coast of Zanzibar. As an extra incentive, Guy planned to give some free classes to the local youths, in order to share knowledge, as his background is IT/Internet related. After having written down some ideas, Guy went to the ministry of Education, to see if he could get any support or help with this.
The Ministry of Education sent Guy to their sister ministry, the Ministry for Women, Children and Youth Development, for help. There, he met with the Director of Youth affairs and the Chief Secretary, who stated the urgent need for such projects, especially for youths.