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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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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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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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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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From Dianne to Christian and Evan

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Lift the Lid and The School in a Cart are grateful for the support of a special family in Darien, Connecticut. In addition to funding breakfasts prior to school and snacks after school is out, plus meeting basic needs, such as providing showers, shoes and clean uniforms, we look for ways to entice the children to stay at The […]






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From Agnes to Michaela

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A very special girl named Agnes from Namelok Junior Academy in rural Kisamis, Kenya has written a Thank You letter to a very special girl named Michaela from New York City. Agnes is grateful for the donation Michaela and her family made to the Kenyan Lunchbox Program initiated by Lift the Lid for Namelok in 2015, feeding […]






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Poems Without Borders

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This past July (2015), a young girl name Lilly placed Third in the UK’s National Poetry Competition at the Ledbury Poetry Festival. Her poem is titled “Where Reality Ends,” and it begins: “There is so much to do! I must feed the summer wind for its long journey to Africa…” We contacted Lilly and asked if […]






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My Role Model by Favour Wambui – 1st Place Winner

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Over the past two years, Favour Wambui has written several essays, a bold poem on Africa’s identity, and a heartfelt Thank You letter to Lift the Lid. We are extremely happy to announce that she is the First Place winner of the Lenana Girls High School Third Annual Writing Competition sponsored by Lift the Lid. […]






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