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…

Ubuntu: I Am Because We Are

Growing up in the United States or other Western societies, we often are told to “be yourself”. Our identities are based on individuality: our likes, dislikes, beliefs. We spend much of our youth learning to define who we are, and the focus is on finding oneself and being independent. It is not the same in…

Show me the Data

Happy World Health Day! One of the biggest challenges facing the international disability organizations has been the lack of good data. Data helps organizations know what the major problems are that need our attention. It also helps them assess whether their efforts are having the impact they are aiming for. Data also helps funders know…

Kicking Malaria Deserves a Smile

By Meghan Hussey | The young man you see in this photo, with the 1000-watt smile, is Tuma. You wouldn’t think he’d be the person to highlight on World Malaria Day, but he is the best example I know of to show why preventing and treating malaria is so vital. Tuma’s full name is Tumaini,…

Autism Advocacy in Africa

By Meghan Hussey | While April 2 is officially World Autism Day, for families like mine, everyday is an autism day. My younger sister, Erin, has autism. She is 22 now and very successful and happy, working in a supported employment program. In addition to that, my mother is also a special education teacher. Since…

Samuel, the Chickens, and World Down Syndrome Day

By Meghan Hussey | Happy World Down Syndrome Day! Today we are celebrating the lives of those with Down syndrome, the gifts they bring to our communities and the lives that they touch every day. The extra chromosome they have brings with it in many cases extra capacity for love, an extra appreciation for life…

We Remember Little Kenned

By Meghan Hussey | Kennedy was his name. Everyone called him Kenned. He was only four years old. And now he is gone. Just like that. He was a child with a disability that came to our day centers regularly. He made progress and laughed and we loved him. He received therapy and healthcare through…