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Here are some of our students and their stories…

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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Poem Exchange – Lenana Girls High School and Vancouver, WA

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Lift the Lid is connecting young writers in order to foster talent, bridge cultures, and share experiences. Meet Purity and Ariel! Purity Momanyi, fourteen years old and a student at Lenana Girls High School in Kitale, Kenya, writes about an overeager father who dreams of riches from his middle daughter’s good looks in her poem […]






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Patricia Silantoi – 1st Place Winner

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Lift the Lid is proud to announce the First Place winner of the 2nd Annual Poetry Competition at Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya. Patricia Silantoi was chosen from eight finalists for her poem “Drought.” She writes, “Sun rises at five o’clock. Sun sets at seven. There’s no morning, there’s no evening, but one extended […]






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Unforgettable Lesson, by Joan Chepngeno — 1st Place Winner

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Lift the Lid is proud to announce the winner of the 5th Annual Writing Competition at Mogonjet Secondary School in Kericho, Kenya. Joan Chepngeno was chosen from nine finalists for her personal essay “Unforgettable Lesson.” She writes, “The music blaring from the speakers inside the bus sounded like screeching monkeys to me. My mood would […]






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Terry Sheldon from Lenana Girls High School

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A great big congratulations to Terry Sheldon at Lenana Girls High School for placing First in their Second Annual Writing Competition sponsored by Lift the Lid! In her winning essay titled My Life Experience, Terry writes about her struggle to stay in school from the time she was six due to a lack of funds. […]






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