Pastor Anna with 2017 Discovery Trip participants

Anna Makyao, a Moshi native and trailblazing pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT), began her tenure as Building a Caring Community (BCC) Coordinator on Oct. 3.

Mosaic created the BCC partnership in Tanzania in 2008, and since that time, the program has grown to serve more than 200 children with disabilities.

Makyao, who...Read more

Jonathan

“Hapana” means “no” in Swahili. And it’s Jonathan’s favorite word.

It’s the word he uses when greeting people, trying to get someone’s attention, agreeing or disagreeing to something or expressing joy. “Hapana” is usually accompanied by Jonathan’s enormous smile.

If you don’t know Jonathan well, it can be very confusing when you ask him to do something and he jumps to do it, while also repeatedly telling you “no.” It’s not clear why Jonathan likes...Read more

“Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.”
- Father Joseph Wresinski, initiator of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

On Oct. 17, 1987, human and civil rights advocates from every continent gathered to honor victims of hunger, violence and ignorance. They affirmed their conviction that human misery is not inevitable...Read more

Young women and girls with disabilities learn about feminine hygiene in Tanzania.

Women and girls in Tanzania are among the most marginalized citizens in sub-Saharan Africa, according to USAID.

“Tanzanian women and girls must have greater access to and control over resources, opportunities, and decision-making power in order to sustainably reduce extreme poverty, build healthy...Read more

Volunteer Sarah Burch smiles with a Special Olympics volunteer.

This month, Mosaic International led a group of Mosaic staff and supporters to visit our partner, Building a Caring Community, in Moshi, Tanzania.  

One of the highlights of their trip was participating in unified sports day for the children of BCC and the local primary school. The children participated in running races, parachute games, and practiced their soccer and throwing...Read more

In February, a team of 20 from Building a Caring Community (BCC), a program of Mosaic International in Moshi, Tanzania, participated in the Kilimanjaro Marathon 5K Fun Run. The Kilimanjaro Marathon draws 9,000 runners of 40 nationalities to run in the shadow of the tallest mountain in Africa.

It is a great opportunity for the children and young adults of BCC to run and socialize with old and new friends alike, and for BCC to break down barriers and advocate...Read more

Rows of crops at the BCC Young Adult Farm.

When Mosaic staff visited Building a Caring Community in April, everyone was talking about the weather. The rainy season in Moshi usually starts in March, with daily downpours that turn the roads into thick, slippery mud and the hills and fields turn green again. The gray days are a welcome relief from the oven-like heat of the dry season. People plant beans and watch the crops of maize shoot up. Everyone wears knit hats and sweaters and can’t...Read more

Levina and the boys celebrate after complete their race.

In February, a team of 20 from Mosaic’s partner, Building a Caring Community, participated in the Kilimanjaro Marathon 5K Fun Run. The Kilimanjaro Marathon draws 9,000 runners of 40 nationalities to Moshi, Tanzania to run together in the shadow of the tallest mountain in Africa. It is a great opportunity for the children and young adults of BCC to run and socialize...Read more

Sigga and a person in Tanzania

Meet Sigridur Ingibjorg Stefansdottir, or “Sigga” for short.

After graduating from university with a degree in Occupational Therapy, she traveled all the way from Iceland to work with the children of Building a Caring Community for six months. In the process, she volunteered in two of BCC’s centers and learned a great deal about BCC, herself, and working with children who have disabilities. Here are some of her thoughts...Read more

At Mosaic International, we believe in providing opportunities to grow, learn and contribute. This doesn’t apply only to the individuals we serve. It also applies to those who work with us.

Each year, we fund international fellows through the Carman International Fellowship Program. We  have a fellowship opening for the 2017-2018 fellowship year, starting in September 2017. It will be located in Moshi, Tanzania with our partner, Building a Caring Community....Read more

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