Essays

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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Love Found Me, by Sang Kibet Gerson

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Sang is a student at Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya. He takes his studies very seriously and works hard for his grades. Coming from a family of two brothers and three sisters, he is aware of the sacrifices his parents, grandmother (now deceased), and uncle have made to keep him and his siblings […]






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An Unwanted Child, by Tabitha

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We love to say Thank You to our donors with an essay or poem from one of our students. When we read their writings, we listen to them. We give our attention and gain understanding. Here is Tabitha’s essay about an unwanted girl in her community. The day of the girl’s birth, her father said to her mother, […]






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A Parent’s Ultimate Sacrifice, by Sarah

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As the mother of two young boys, I can say without hesitation that I’d give my life to save theirs. I can’t claim bragging rights for this pledge, though it is clearly brave and selfless. Parents, whether human or in the animal kingdom, are wired to protect their young. Across cultures and creeds, races and generations, our youth, their innocence and […]






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Christmastime and Begging, by Alexis

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Begging can’t be easy. It takes will-power and a resilience no rejection can break. Patience. A certain amount of acting. And in Cubao, the Philippines, the physical strength to jump on and off jeepneys (open buses), to push through crowds, to run from trouble. The rewards are high: money and survival, so you can see why children, […]






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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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Why Do We Write to The Dead?

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Sunshine, photographed above, and many of the children at The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines, have written letters to their friend Dave, who was murdered in his sleep on the city streets this past May. Their letters express their sorrow, their confusion and disbelief, their anger and guilt, and their faith that […]






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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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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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