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How it Works


When you make a donation (we ask for a minimum of $20), specify the school and receive an email with a poem or short essay from one of the students. Generally you’ll hear from us within a few weeks, unless the school is taking exams or on holiday. A scanned copy of the student’s work will also be uploaded to

Lift the Lid and you just might be surprised what you find!

All scanned work is guaranteed from the students, and 100% of contributions go to the schools. Currently, scanners and other technology is financed by the creators of Lift the Lid, but we are hoping that technology partners will soon help us with this essential first step. If you are interested in partnering with Lift the Lid, or if you know someone who might like to help us bring technology to remote schools, please send us an email at Thanks.

Here’s how you give & receive – a simple two-step process:

1) Choose a school

2) Make a donation through secure PayPal

We will send you a confirmation email right away and one with a link to the student’s work as soon as it is completed.

While we cannot guarantee that everyone will be inspired by every poem, we can guarantee that every poem is written by a child exploring his or her voice, expressing a glint of his or her soul. Lift the Lid is more than an exercise in creativity; it is a place for children to be heard.

You will receive a confirmation receipt for your donation via email from Lift the Lid. (Emails are kept strictly private and not shared with any lists.) 100% of donations go directly to our sponsored schools. Lift the Lid has a representative at each school to oversee the transfer and spending of donations, to take photos, and to document the school’s progress. Lift the Lid is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. Our┬áTax ID number is 27-2974363.

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