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…

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…

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…