Why should we care about the United Nations?

By Andrew Popa Although Americans generally have a love-hate relationship with the United Nations, two-thirds believe that it does play a necessary role in the world today (Gallup, 2013).  When it comes to job performance, however, only 38% believe the UN is doing a good job.  This perception is not all that different from the…

BCC Special Olympics Day 2017

Last week BCC held its first unified Special Olympics day, inviting children and young adults with and without disabilities to participate in a day of fun and games together. BCC has an inclusive education classroom at a local primary school where BCC students receive education and therapy facilitated by BCC staff in partnership with special…

Hope, Heart and Heat: New Mosaic Fellow’s First Impressions

By Alex Bailey I listened intently as my Building a Caring Community (BCC) colleagues Mori, Godson, Deo, and Johnson heatedly expressed their resentment about separate bathroom facilities for children who have disabilities. There is a large amount of stigma towards people who have disabilities in Tanzania and other countries, especially developing countries, where 80 percent…

Moshi and Sheddie Celebrate Diversity

By Meritt Buyer Yesterday was World Autism Day. One of our local partners, Autism Connects Tanzania, organized a march through downtown Moshi to help raise awareness about autism and celebrate the individual talents and gifts of those with this particular disability. Hundreds of children, parents, teachers, and community members walked through town celebrating their differences and…

Disability Rights Are Human Rights

By Donna Werner Today is the 65th celebration of International Human Rights Day. The UN Declaration of Human Rights was passed after WWII to ensure that atrocities that happened in the war would never happen again. It’s comforting to think that these kinds of declarations apply to all people, but this is not the case.…

Celebrating Abilities in Moshi

By Meritt Buyer This is what the International Day of Persons with Disabilities looks like in Moshi. Led by the police band, 144 BCC clients along with their parents and BCC staff join hundreds of others in a march through town. The march was followed by singing, dancing and speeches, and general celebration. This is what…

A Day for All: Making the Invisible Visible

By Meghan Hussey Today we celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities. One of the themes for this year is “Including persons with invisible disabilities in society and development”.  At Mosaic, we work primarily with persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. For some of these individuals it is not obvious just by looking at them that they…