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!

I Will Miss You, by Reynald

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Many of the children at The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines have written about our very good friend Dave who was murdered on May 15th of this year at the age of thirteen. We encouraged them to share their grief, and they didn’t hesitate. Simply, the experience of losing Dave in such […]






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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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How Do You Measure Friendship? by Roseline Chepkoech

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How do you measure friendship? Without sounding selfish and contrived, I think we largely value our friendships by what we get out of them. Emotional support. Mental and cultural stimulation. Work and social connections. Companionship. Laughs . . . But here’s another way of measuring friendship: by what we give. And this just might be […]






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My Happiest Day, by Steven Mark

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We have been working with The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines since 2011, raising money for and partnering with the students to give them a healthy life, a good education, spiritual awareness, and happiness. On Happiness, the children have enjoyed many holiday and school graduation parties, but when they write about their best days, they […]






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A Girl’s Education, by Dalphrone

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Dalphone was born into a polygamous family, the first child. Upon her birth, her first gasp for air, social norms declared her unworthy of respect, even unlucky, because she wasn’t a he. Before she could learn to walk, she learned rejection from her community and extended family. Dalphone’s parents, however, accepted her and allowed her to […]






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My Road to an Education, by Sang Kibet Gerson

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Thank you, Joan, for your ongoing support of Lift the Lid and at this time of Mogonjet’s Library Fund. We know Sang and all the students at Mogonjet Secondary School in Kericho, Kenya will benefit from a school library, a place to meet, a place to study, a place to read, and a place to find solace. […]






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From Last to First, by Beryl Wanami

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This is Beryl Wanami, a high school writer with promise, a young activist against female genital mutilation (see her personal story), and an inspiration to students worldwide who ever struggled in school. When she scored 50 marks out of 500 on her final exam she said, “I did not really know what was going on with […]






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My Mother, by Brigid Nemayian

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Oh, how we are influenced by our mother! By her joys and her fears. By her rules and beliefs. We first see the world through her eyes. We see ourselves through her love. Her stories stay with us throughout life, and her wisdom guides us when our own stubbornness leaves us stranded. Brigid of Namelok […]






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Kimathi: A Fight, A Poem, by Rodney Rhoine

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Rodney Rhoine, nearly 13 years old now, has been writing for us since 2013. He’s written about his favorite subjects and pastimes, the pain a father feels putting his hungry child to bed, and now a poem about Dedan Kimathi (1920-1957), leader of the Mau Mau Uprising, fighting British colonial rule in Kenya. Rodney has […]






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