Women & Youth Empowerment

WEHAF (Widows Encouragement & HIV/AIDS Foundation)

WEHAF (Widows Encouragement & HIV/AIDS Foundation)

The Project

WEHAF was founded in 2016 to empower widows, and those diagnosed with HIV or AIDS, to create better lives for themselves and their families. Life in Tanzania is especially difficult for widows. Husbands provide the income for their family, and shortly after marriage wives move into the house of their in-laws. When their husbands die these women and their children lose the family income and often become homeless. In response to these problems WEHAF was founded to advocate for people in vulnerable situations.

The foundation runs a variety of programs that support widows and their families including training programs in horticulture, tailoring and baking.  They also work to implement micro financing in rural areas around Arusha. Additionally volunteer and interns can provide English classes.


Your Work


The range of activities at this project is diverse and flexible, volunteers do not need to participate in all activities and can choose the ones that interest them most. Day to day work often focuses on entrepreneurship training, research, community health initiatives, advocacy and fundraising. You will work together with the team each day to coordinate your activities. There is no typical day for a volunteer, so everyday can be different if that’s what you want. The foundation has recently opened a workshop that trains women in tailoring, you are welcome to oversee the workshop and suggest new ideas about product design, daily organization and marketing. Tea and a light snack is provided when you are working in the office.

Daily activities include:

– 9 am meeting to discuss the day’s work
– office work
– visiting villages to provide help to widows and their children
– community education about the impact of HIV/AIDS
– educating the children of widows
– creating and implementing new marketing strategies
– working on the website and social media pages
– creating fundraisers
– collecting donations
– training women how to write new business proposals
– training women on business management
– helping with the tailoring workshop
– teaching English

No previous experience necessary

This project does not require any previous experience. WEHAF welcomes all volunteers and appreciates their ideas and support. It is important that you are open minded and self-driven to find new ways of helping and making improvements.


This project is located 6kms (3.7miles) from the hostel and can be reached by public transport.

“What an incredible experience! From the moment my friends and I applied to this volunteer project we had support. We had all our questions answered in a timely manner since day 1 of our application. On our arrival, we immediately felt comfortable and most importantly safe. Our hostel was always tidy due to our amazing Mamas (who are doing excellent job at keeping the hostel presentable) and were able to accommodate my friends and I’s request to be together in one room. We were guided to the town on our first day and taught us how to get around from our hostel to our volunteer project. They told us all the necessary information needed to get by. In the hostel there are other volunteers under Viva Tanzania who stay in the hostel. We definitely got along and also enhanced our first volunteer experience. Everyone gave invaluable tips! Our Volunteer project was amazing!! These ladies had so much ambition/ potential, they can go far in this world! I can confidently say all the previous and present volunteers have made am impact on them- emotionally, physically and mentally/ intellectually. On the weekends, we were able to arrange crazy fun activities which other volunteers from other projects under Viva Tanzania NGO can join. I highly recommend this project to anyone and I would definitely go back!”

Maren, 26, 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.
Start your volunteering experience in Tanzania and get the lifetime experience!