What Are We Actually Doing?

Mosaic’s Carman International Fellowship application for 2018-2019 is now open! Mosaic seeks to create awareness about disability not only in the communities in which we serve, but also for development professionals. The fellowship offers those with a background in public health, human rights, and international development a chance to gain direct experience with disability issues in…

When Children are Hungry: Part 2

By Meritt Buyer One of the perks of serving as Mosaic’s International Field Director and being based in DC is that I get to go to relevant events in order to make connections and advocate for children with disabilities. Recently there have been a whole series of fascinating seminars on nutrition. Not only has it…

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 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…

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…