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…

When The Rains Do Not Come: Part I

When Mosaic staff visited Building a Caring Community in April, everyone was talking about the weather. The rainy season in Moshi starts in March, with daily downpours that turn the roads into thick, slippery mud. The hills and fields turn green again. The gray days are a welcome relief from the oven-like heat of the…

Profile: Victoria Urassa

Victoria (Vicky) Urassa is BCC’s Accountant and Young Adult Coordinator and has been a fantastic recent addition to the BCC team in Moshi. Growing up in Lyamungo Village, about 25 kilometers from Moshi, Victoria attended Lyamungo Primary School. She decided early in her education that she wanted to pursue an accounting degree, with encouragement from…

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…

The Phone Call About Isidori

By Kelly Lytle Some phone calls you wish you hadn’t picked up. But you know you would have received the news anyway. I had one of those calls today, which is part of the kind of work we do at Mosaic. Working with vulnerable people can be incredibly rewarding, meaningful and motivating. But some days,…

Landing in Moshi: New Mosaic Fellow

By Meritt Buyer “He may belong to you, but I am the fun one,” says my sister. I am all right with this arrangement. After all, these playful designations, come directly from our brother, Jeffrey. My sister and I both have our places in his life, and we both know that the relationship the three…