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…

Dear Mom

Dear Mom, You always say that you have gotten to see the world by following your girls around. But you must know, that without the support of you and Dad, we never would have made it this far, literally and figuratively. This year, especially, I feel your presence and seek your advice so often. I…

Wheels for BCC

By Meritt Buyer Transportation is one of the major barriers for children with disabilities. You may be familiar with the typical African public transportation; 25 people crammed into a 16 passenger van with bags of rice, chickens, and all manner of things. To say public transport in Moshi is not accessible would be a substantial…

“How to Care, How to Love”

By Meritt Buyer First of all, I adore Flora. When this assignment appeared on my calendar, my first thought was, ‘yay, I get to do something with Flora!’ She just has such a wonderful warm personality, a huge smile, and a bubbly laugh. She always greets me with enthusiasm and a big hug. She is great…

Down on the Farm

By Meritt Buyer We are happy to report that the BCC young adults program’s shamba (farm) is quickly taking shape. In the last few months, we have installed an irrigation system, planted fruit trees, started a small tree nursery, dug the beds, and planted lots of beans and other vegetables. It has been a joy…