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Here are some of our students and their stories…

Second Place Winner Writes about Forgiveness

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Our students write essays that define who they are, essays that they are proud of and draw strength from, possibly throughout their lives. Here is one by Vivian of Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya (where we’re building a library!) She shows us how we can reach inside ourselves in order to forgive someone we love and what can happen when we do. […]






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Powerful Encouragement – Mercy’s Poem

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I think of two words every time I read Mercy’s poem: Fire and Optimism. Through her words, in just three stanzas, she is a leader and she is humble. “Being limitless through every limitation,” says it all. Mercy earned Second Place in Lenana Girls’ High School (Kitale, Kenya) Sixth Annual Writing Competition sponsored by Lift the […]






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Lenana Girls’ High School 6th Annual Writing Competition

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I have applied to and have not won many writing competitions, but as I tell our students, it’s your preparation, your courage and your feeling of accomplishment having entered that makes applying an invaluable experience. After many hours of thoughtful writing and rewriting from 29 of the 60 students at Lenana Girls’ High School in Kitale, […]






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What Education Means to Me, by Dianne

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  When one of our students at The School in a Cart writes, “Getting high grades and excelling in a course of study do not produce good behavior or character. I want to seek ways for me to be a good model for those younger than I am,” you know we’re doing something right.  Dianne has […]






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Eighth Annual Writing Competition at Mogonjet

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We are happy and proud to announce the First Place winner of Lift the Lid’s Eighth Annual Writing Competition at Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya. The essays this year were the best we’ve seen since we started working with Mogonjet in 2010. From grammar to structure, from the details to the revelations, the students’ writing […]






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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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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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