Events

A Book Launch for The Band!

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Author Connie Mann is donating the first week’s royalties from the launch of her book Deadly Melody to The Push Cart Children’s Band at The School in a Cart. We have been working on an almost daily basis with The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines since 2011 and started The Push Cart Children’s Band […]






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Lift the Lid and Darien Book Aid Team, Again!

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Lift the Lid made another book delivery with the help of Darien Book Aid Plan, a not-for-profit distributor of free books since 1949, based in Darien, CT. The following photos and Thank You letters, in response to our 2017 shipment, are from Lenana Girls’ High School in Kitale, Kenya. Every year we host a writing […]






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Climbing for Water

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I will be ski touring (uphill skiing) in Zermatt, Switzerland in order to raise $4000 to pipe clean water to Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya. This is a solo tour, climbing up to 13,000 feet, depending on conditions, and something I’ve never attempted before. Your support would mean a lot to me and everything to the 81 […]






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Christmas 2017 at The School in the Cart

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Every year at Christmastime, Lift the Lid makes a donation to The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines to help make the Season a special time for about 350 homeless children and their families, spread out over three different festive parties. Weeks of preparation go into planning, shopping, assembling gift bags, and cooking. We are thankful […]






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Books are Arriving!

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Check out your recent book deliveries to Mogonjet Secondary School in rural Bomet County, Kenya, near Kericho. While the school educates boys and girls with close to a 50/50 split, these boys volunteered to be photographed to show their gratitude. Worlds away from our selfie culture, they prefer to appear modest for the camera and not smile. […]






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Lenana Girls’ High School Fifth Annual Writing Competition – Congratulations, Abigael!

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Lift the Lid sponsored its Fifth Annual Writing Competition at Lenana Girls’ High School in Kitale, Kenya and we are so excited to share the results. Every year we receive more submissions, and though the quality of writing varies depending on the age and experience of the students, we have set a tone within the […]






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Mogonjet’s Seventh Annual Writing Competition – Congratulations, Vincent!

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A big congratulation to Vincent Rop of Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya for placing First in Lift the Lid’s Seventh Annual Writing Competition! Vincent’s personal essay “My Loverly Mother” honors the sacrifices his mother made for him and his brother, her strength of will and unending love. He writes: “Imagine she had no […]






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Help Us Build a Library!

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Buy a Book, Build a Library! Our goal . . . build and stock a library at Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya. Here are 3 ways you can give: 1) Donate $125 or more and receive STORIES FROM KENYA: LIFT THE LID IN PROSE. This is LTL’s first coffee table book, in full-color, highlighting essays, poems, […]






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Abigael Takes First Place in Namelok’s Poetry Competition!

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Does love grow old? When Abigael Mantaine sat down to think about love for Namelok’s Fourth Annual Poetry Competition, she thought of her mother. She thought of moments she felt completely comforted and at peace, of her mother’s gentleness and protection, her advice and acceptance. The love she remembers doesn’t end with her youth. Her […]






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Rest in Peace, Sweet David

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Through my charity Lift the Lid, I’ve worked with this little boy since he was seven and have watched him grow into a talented teenager, in his artwork, his drum playing, and his writing. Tuesday night he was murdered in his sleep. It’s been hard for me to put this into words, but it does […]






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