Shelter City Tanzania located in the city of Dar es Salaam is the first ever Shelter City in Africa. The Africa Human Rights Network (AHRN), a human rights organization with ties to the Netherlands and the Great Lakes region, founded Shelter City Tanzania in 2017 after years of witnessing the growing need to support human rights defenders. Shelter City Tanzania provides support to human rights defenders from across Africa. Since 2018, it has also been supporting artists at risk.

Our support

Rest and re-energize

During their stay in Shelter City Tanzania, human rights defenders are able to temporarily relocate and rest in a safe environment – and a safe house – away from any risk. They can utilize their time by focusing on their well-being and caring for their physical and physiological health. Taking the time to rest enables them to return home and continue their work in a more effective and sustainable way.

Tailormade support

Shelter City Tanzania has been focusing on relieving human rights defenders from traumatic experiences by providing them the medical and psychological assistance that they need in order to safely reintegrate into their communities and resume their work. We also offer a variety of capacity-building activities, such as trainings that aim to strengthen the defenders’ understanding of human rights and enable them to create and implement essential strategies in their fight for human rights.

Engage with local allies

During their stay, we provide human rights defenders with the opportunity to connect with individuals and organizations working on similar issues in the region through the exchange of ideas and experiences. Providing defenders with the space to network enables them to raise awareness about the human rights situation in their country, connect with a wider audience, and reinforce capacity for their activities.

Our team

Olivier Muhizi
Olivier Muhizi

Program coordinator

Scholastica B. Pembe
Scholastica B. Pembe

Social worker

Wibonela Seif
Wibonela Seif

Digital security trainer

Delphin Byabusha Murhabazi
Delphin Byabusha Murhabazi

Coordinator digital security training

Mariam Ally Juma
Mariam Ally Juma


Antia A. Kishobela
Antia A. Kishobela

Accountant and logistics manager

Our stories

Nnedinma, regaining her mojo in Shelter City
Nnedinma tells us how her three-month stay in Tilburg with Shelter City enabled her to re-energize and regain her mojo to continue her work.
Shelter City Tilburg
Alice, on the frontlines of a high-risk profession
At the end of her three-month stay in the Netherlands, Alice wrote a story to share her experience as a journalist in the DRC.
Shelter City The Hague
Alice, en première ligne d’une profession à risque
A la fin de son séjour de trois mois aux Pays – Bas, Alice à écrit un article pour partager son expérience de journaliste en RDC.
Shelter City The Hague
Zabib, balancing motherhood and activism in South Sudan
"Being an activist shouldn’t stop women from having children, and having children shouldn’t stop women from their activist work. Let’s not give up."
Shelter City Rotterdam
Meet Caroline Rucah, Kenyan LGBTIQ+ rights defender
Watch a short documentary and learn more about Caroline Rucah, LGBTIQ+ rights defenders from Kenya.
Shelter City Utrecht
Louisa and Asha: defending human rights in Nigeria and India during the COVID-19 pandemic
Louisa and Asha are two human rights defenders and former Shelter City guests who shared with us how their work has changed during the pandemic.
Shelter City Rotterdam
Francis: defending human rights in Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic
Kenyan human rights defender Francis shared with us the consequences of the pandemic on his work and how he keeps fighting.
Shelter City Groningen
Dinah: defending human rights in Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic
Kenyan human rights defender Dinah shared with us the human rights situation in Kenya during the pandemic and how she continues doing her work.
Shelter City Nijmegen

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