When I first touched down in Moshi, Tanzania to begin my fellowship with Mosaic International, I was anticipating a year of learning and a whole host of new experiences. I was seeking an opportunity to gain new skills, overcome challenges and push myself out of my comfort zone, and that is exactly what I found through the Carman International Fellowship.

Looking back, if there’s been one constant throughout my...Read more


Dec. 3, 2018 marked the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD), an international observance of  the contributions made and challenges faced by people with disabilities around the world. This year's theme was "empowering people with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality." 

Building a Caring Community (BCC) wanted to make the people it serves the center of attention on IDPwD, so staff organized an awareness march with other disability organizations...Read more

Annual Health Screenings

Health is a human right, no matter where in the world you live. But for people with disabilities in Tanzania, accessing health care is often easier said than done.

Poor road infrastructure and inaccessible transit make it challenging for people with disabilities to reach the hospital. Many people with visible disabilities are not registered at birth and have no birth certificate, which is a requirement to enroll in the government’s national health insurance plan....Read more

Carol in Moshi

Mosaic International led a Discovery Trip to Moshi, Tanzania from July 24 to Aug. 8. Trip participants had the opportunity to build relationships with the children and young adults served by our in-country partner Building a Caring Community.

By Carol Stoltenberg

I am a relative newcomer to Mosaic, but from the first pictures I saw of the children in...Read more

In Mosaic’s international program, often our greatest needs are also the most basic. It’s one of the mental and emotional challenges of doing international development work. How is it that getting basic nutrition and clean water can be so hard? Yet achieving these goals makes such a deep impact and sets the foundation for all our other work.

There is a 12-year-old girl that attends one of Building a Caring Community (BCC)’s day centers. She has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. She has a...Read more

School in Moshi

This past month, Mosaic International staff attended three conferences on international development and disability rights.

It’s been both affirming and inspiring to see momentum in the disability rights movement and the increased understanding of the need for disability inclusion in broader humanitarian and development work.

At the Core Group’s Annual Global Health Practitioner Conference panelists and participants...Read more

Parent group

Parenting a child with a disability in Tanzania can be an isolating and exhausting experience.

Mosaic International is working to change that.

Parents of children with disabilities face many types of discrimination. Often times, children with intellectual disabilities are denied entry into local schools. Because parents are usually unable to find someone who can care for their child, they often are unable to work or have to work in industries that cut off...Read more

Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Have you ever noticed how most people speak about Africa differently than they do other continents? People don’t say “I’m going to Europe” when they’re planning a week’s vacation in France, or “How long did you live in Asia?” when someone lived abroad in China. Instead, they name the country itself.

However, when speaking about anywhere in Africa, people generally refer to the entire continent. It’s rare that countries or cities get singled out. Rather than “a...Read more


While there are many challenges that come with providing services to people with intellectual disabilities, there are also many success stories that propel our mission forward.

One success story we recently lifted up at Mosaic International’s Partners in Possibilities event is that of three-year-old Josua.

When Josua’s mother first learned about Building a Caring Community (BCC) in 2015, the centre in their home neighborhood of Msaranga was already at capacity and unable to...Read more

UNO game

For many children and young adults with intellectual disabilities in Tanzania, opportunities to interact and form meaningful relationships with their peers without disabilities are few and far between.

But the staff at Building a Caring Community (BCC) are working to change that.

They’ve recently begun to build a partnership with KIWOCE, a local community-based organization for young adults, which will provide people served an...Read more


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