Collaboration, Participation, and Giving

By Alex Bailey Earlier this month, a partner organization of BCC called Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) hosted a two-day training for BCC staff and pastors. The objectives of the training were threefold: to educate staff about child development and disabilities such as cerebral palsy, better positioning and feeding techniques for children with…

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…

Challenges to Education: On International Literacy Day

By Meritt Buyer Tanzania has surprisingly strong education and disability policies. On paper, it appears that the opportunities for children with disabilities to attend school would be plentiful. Here are some examples: The Law of the Child Act (2009) ensures that children with disabilities are given equal opportunities to education. The Persons with Disability Act…

Developing Perspectives

Part I By Sarah Buyer I arrived in Moshi, TZ last March for a much-anticipated visit with my sister. I was greeted by her smile, hugs, and a blast of heat, the extreme of which challenged every fiber of my Bostonian being. My sister, Meritt, is spending a year working in Moshi working with Building a Caring Community…

Happy International Youth Day!

Youth with disabilities around the world face many challenges making the transition to adulthood. Mosaic International is proud to be working with two international partners, Motivation Romania Foundation and Kivunim (Israel) on an exciting pilot project to meet this need. Wings Romania is a pilot program that aims to help youth with disabilities acquire independent…

What Jeffrey Can Do

By Meritt Buyer, a proud sister My brother, Jeffrey, was born when I was seven years old. He was six weeks premature and the doctors predicted that he would not live. Once it was clear that he had decided to stick around, we were told that it was unlikely that he would ever learn to…