What’s Inside?

Who is Contributing

Encouraged by our donors, students in the schools we sponsor around the world create ARTWORK, ESSAYS and POEMS that we then share with you. Below are lots of terrific examples of what’s inside, if you just Lift the Lid!

Richard Jay Inspires Kids to Stay in School

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Richard Jay (RJ) came to the School in a Cart from a depressed district near our location. He joined without hesitation when he learned that we offered daily meals, a place to shower, clothes, shoes and school supplies, not to mention enthusiastic moral and emotional support and the opportunity to play in a band. He […]






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A Little About My Christmas, by Stephano

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Stephano has risen above his troubles, being a child of the city streets. Lift the Lid cherishes his essays and letters and has since he joined The School in a Cart at age twelve. He’s now sixteen and graduating from junior high. We’re dedicating this post to a longterm anonymous donor of Lift the Lid, who has helped […]






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It Will Be Okay, by Ann Nyambura

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Ann writes, “As I struggle with leadership, Learning to cope with hardship, Experience being my own teacher…” and many other lines that speak for her honesty and wisdom. We believe teenagers are capable of great insight and maturity, if you believe in them and give them the space to prove themselves. Ann was one of our […]






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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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‘Till You Win Your Crown, by Daphrone L.

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Teens like Daphrone, who feel inspired to share their hardships and strength with others, are on a path to becoming our future leaders and teachers, advocates and psychologists. With an open heart and the power of words, there are many options for them. Their drive to inspire others certainly sets them apart. Daphrone has placed in […]






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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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A High Stakes Lesson in Peer Pressure

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Lilian’s girlfriends made a plan to go to a disco after being sent home from school because of unpaid fees. She pretended she was going with them, but stayed home instead. She writes in her essay, “One man in the club had the idea that the ten girls were school children. He organized a deal with two […]






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What Graduation Means to Me

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A swell of pride, a smile that takes over the moment, and a sense of hope strong enough to surprise the most discouraged are the feelings of every child, regardless of background, when receiving her/his diploma. Lift the Lid with The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines ensure the children who come to us receive the support necessary to achieve that […]






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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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