Women & Youth Empowerment

Pippi House Foundation

The Project

The Pippi House Foundation was founded in 2011 by Aristides Nshange to care for homeless women and their children. The foundation runs a shelter which houses more than 50 women and girls between the ages of 12 and 26, together with their children, who come to the shelter to escape poverty, homelessness and dangerous living conditions on the streets. Many were forced into marriage or are victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and physical or sexual abuse.

All the women receive medical assistance, counselling, and advocacy. They also have the opportunity to attend school or begin vocational training. The Pippi House has its hairdressing salon where the women can learn the skills needed to become a hairdresser.

Pippi House Foundation volunteering in Tansania
Pippi House Tansania volunteering in women shelter

Your Work


The range of activities at this project is diverse and flexible. The volunteer hours begin any time between 9am and 10am. Lunch is not provided.

Daily activities include:

– taking care of the young children and infants
– helping at the hairdressing workshops
– helping with administrative work
– helping the girls who return from school with their homework
– creating and playing educational games with the girls
– helping with the cooking, shopping, cleaning, and washing laundry
– taking a walk with the girls and listening to their stories
– helping the women prepare their products for market day
– creating fundraising campaigns

No previous experience necessary

This project does not require any previous experience. The foundation welcomes all volunteers and appreciates their ideas and support. Please keep in mind that most of the girls and women have had traumatic experiences like human trafficking or sexual assault. Please ensure you are respectful and sensitive about this. We ask our volunteers to adhere to confidentiality and to never ask the girls anything that could make them uncomfortable. We want the Pippi House to be a safe space for these girls.


This project is located 11kms (6.8miles) from the hostel and can be reached by public transport.

I volunteered in Afrikan Wear Design through Viva Tanzania for 3 months. I found my experience there fascinating. I had a main job during the week but nevertheless, I was looking for a volunteering experience too for the weekends. Tizia figured it out quickly, putted me in contact with Justin and Marilyn and did all the proper arrangements. My main tasks were to bring ideas about advertising, marketing, selling and made them come true. I got so involved in the project that even during my job’s lunch break during the week, I would go with Justin and Marilyn to keep helping and even share a delicious meal. What I enjoyed the most during my volunteering was learning a lot about Tanzanian culture during the meetings with Justin. A typical day would consist in working with my laptop at Justin’s office regarding product description, preparing the launch of a proper website, making calls and bringing clients to the business, learning how every product is created, planning wardrobe collections and even modelling for photo shoots with their products! At the end of each day, Justin was so kind to provide and pay for my transport back to the hostel. They are true statements of entrepreneurship and creativity and this experience with them made me realize that everyone has an entrepreneur inside ready to be successfully developed. No matter your profession (I am about to become a lawyer), this place is excellent to make a difference and even develop useful skills like talking to clients, management, accountability, and creativity.

Jörg, 24, Germany

Project price

2 weeks: 500€
3 weeks: 650€
4 weeks: 800€
Every additional week: 150€


You can choose between a single room or four-bed room in the hostel and a host family.

Project length

The minimum stay is two weeks. Due to visa regulations you can spend a maximum of two years as a volunteer in Tanzania.

Let your adventure to start

Book your place now

Are you interested in the project? Fill out the registration form and we will start planning your stay.
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