Events

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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I Pray the Lord Will Give Them Strength, by Carla

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Playing in a band continues to have a huge impact on the children of The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines. You can tell because they choose to write about their experiences learning new instruments, practicing, and performing in churches, schools, and now malls. For many, this is the first time they’ve had […]






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A Special End to the Year at Namelok

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We ran the race, a half Tough Mudder, and you raised the money, $5900…  On November 4th, Graduation Day at Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya, the BRCK team arrived with their Kio Kit (40 durable tablets within a charging case) to introduce the educational tablet and to start their teacher training. Here’s one more […]






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Stephano Conquers His Fears!

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Can you remember back to your childhood and a time when you felt nervous, maybe petrified, to perform in front of your parents and peers? The fear of failure was all-consuming and your heart pounded frantically in your chest, as if wanting to escape. Did you go through with your performance? Did you give it […]






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Darien Book Aid Plan Brings Joy to Namelok Junior Academy

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Darien Book Aid Plan in Darien, Connecticut sent a large box of children’s books for ages ranging from nursery to middle school to Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya. For over 65 years, Darien Book Aid Plan has shipped thousands of books around the world and in the United States. The teachers and children of […]






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My First Day of High School, by Leonard Mutai

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We are preparing to send our first wire transfer to Mogonjet Secondary School in Kericho, Kenya in the amount of $1892 from sales of I Always Cry at Weddings. The money will continue the education of three students who have been studying under our care for the past year. Lift the Lid is also embarking […]






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