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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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A Good Writer is A Good Reader

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The 88 students of Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya, the Kajiado North district of the Rift Valley province, were happy to receive Lift the Lid’s annual book donation, with help from Darien Book Aid Plan in Darien, Connecticut. Lift the Lid sends boxes of books to our three Kenyan schools every year to accompany our annual […]






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“Thank You!” Means Everything to Us

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The following Thank You notes from Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya let us get to know the students better and tell us why our commitment to their writing means so much to them. Soon we’ll share the poetry they submitted to Lift the Lid’s Fourth Annual Poetry Competition, but first here are the Thank […]






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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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How We Help Each Other to Carry On

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London was home to me and my family for five years. The recent attacks feel personal, and it hurts to see the City and our friends living there terrorized. Violence in another form, though much the same, has taken the life of our student, Dave, who was murdered in his sleep on May 15th at […]






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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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