Essays

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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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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My Hard Work is Paying Off, by Kitkat

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Here is another post showing the power of charity giving, especially when funding serves the cause and only the cause. We are grateful today for Max B. and his contributions to our children’s center in Cubao, the Philippines, The School in a Cart. We have close ties to the Center’s founder Alfredo Olavidez and have […]






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My Father’s Love, by Daphrone Lucheli

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Many thanks to Patty S. and her family in Westchester County, New York for their donation to Lift the Lid, supporting our students at Lenana Girls High School in Kitale, Kenya. Their contribution will go towards our scholarship fund at Lenana, which offers room and board to orphaned and impoverished girls who have proven their […]






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A Book Launch for The Band!

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Author Connie Mann is donating the first week’s royalties from the launch of her book Deadly Melody to The Push Cart Children’s Band at The School in a Cart. We have been working on an almost daily basis with The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines since 2011 and started The Push Cart Children’s Band […]






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A Friend’s Love, by Mercy Chelangat

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Mercy writes about her best friend Joan. They met while young, living in the same village, and quickly formed a tight bond with promises to love and care for each other, always. As they grew older, Mercy would tutor Joan in her studies, reviewing the day’s school lessons. When eventually different schools and social circles changed their […]






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Piggyback Rides, by Patrick Korir

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Patrick writes, “I sometimes find myself longing for those [piggyback, superhero] days, if for no other reason, they represent a time when I believed my parents could protect me from everything.” A junior (form 3) at Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya, Patrick thinks back to his childhood as he writes an essay on love. People around the world can draw […]






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