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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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Standing Up to Female Genital Mutilation…by Writing About It

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Sometimes we hear that a problem is being addressed and we assume it will go away. Back in the ’80’s, in a global studies high school class, I learned about different cultures and traditions, and the procedure of female genital mutilation, FGM, or the excision of the clitoral hood or the clitoris together with part […]






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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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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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Phoebe Places 1st with Her Poem, What Makes Me Happy

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We are very excited to announce the 1st Place winner of Lift the Lid’s 3rd Annual Writing Competition at Namelok Junior Academy. Phoebe Naserem submitted the poem, “What Makes Me Happy,” and we knew at once that she had poured out her words from her heart. She is clearly a devout young woman with talent […]






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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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Competition Winner Gives Back to Her School

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Photo: Lilian with Rev. Joseph Rono Here’s a story we just had to share. The Headteacher at Mogonjet Secondary School in Kericho, Kenya found a loaf of bread on her desk and immediately set out to reprimand the cook for serving bread on an off day – bread is eaten only once a week at […]






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“I Hope All Your Life You’ll Be Here to Help”

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Raymond is 10 years old and is in 4th Grade. He carries bags for loose coins at a local market in order to buy food for his family. Unfortunately, he sometimes misses school. Despite the responsibility he bears, you can see from the photo that he’s still a young, fun-loving boy. He writes in his […]






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Lift the Lid Partners with Darien Book Aid

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Photo: Lenana Girls High School in Kitale, Kenya Darien Book Aid (DBA) is a non-profit in Darien, Connecticut that promotes learning, acceptance, and friendship by distributing free books locally and around the globe. They have been in existence since 1949, relying on help from dedicated volunteers who sort, package, and ship box after box of […]






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Lilian Cherotich Places First at Mogonjet Secondary School

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Mogonjet Secondary School in Kericho, Kenya completed its 6th Annual Writing Competition sponsored by Lift the Lid, and we’re very happy to announce Lilian Cherotich as the First Place winner for her essay on how she made it to high school, being the first in her family to stay in school beyond eighth grade. She […]






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