Refugees are God’s beloved

By Andrew Popa, former refugee, current humanitarian, hopeful advocate I became a refugee in 1989 when, after three months of twice-weekly visits to the secret communist police, I was told I had broken the law and would suffer consequences.  My crime was attending a meeting with a fellow Christian from the USA who came to…

Volunteer Profile: Sigga

Meet Sigridur Ingibjorg Stefansdottir, or “Sigga” for short. She traveled all the way from Iceland to work with the children of BCC for six months, returned to Iceland, but recently came back to Moshi to continue working with BCC! Throughout her experience, she has learned a great deal about BCC, herself, and working with children…

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…

The Reason We Celebrate

Sunday was World Autism Day, a day of events and advocacy worldwide to celebrate the lives of those with autism and raise awareness. As with many other disabilities, autism awareness is very limited in Tanzania and therefore people who have autism are often isolated, misunderstood and excluded from activities inside and outside of their homes. For the…

The Phenomenal Women of BCC

By Meritt Buyer The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is ”The Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030 ”. While is a laudable goal, coming from Building a Caring Community, 50-50 seems like a staggering figure. We often talk about ‘double discrimination’ that women with disabilities meet; the stigma and isolation that…

First Therapy Week at BCC!

Recently, BCC held its first ever independent Therapy Week. Thirteen BCC clients and their caregivers came to a BCC facility in Moshi for a week of individual assessments, new therapy techniques, and community. The week was organized by Sister Woinde, BCC’s occupational therapist who started working with BCC in October. She studied occupational therapy at…