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Give & Receive!

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Here’s how you Give & Receive – a secure and simple three-step process:

1) Choose a school

2) Make a secure donation by credit card, PayPal, or check

3) Leave a comment, if you want to.

*If you’d like to send a check, please email or call (917) 596-7573 for the address.

Now the fun part! We try to send every donor a second email with a link to a poem or personal essay written by one of our students, plus a photo. Throughout the year, we also post updates on our projects, along with heartfelt Thank You notes from the kids.

Get started here!

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While we cannot guarantee that everyone will be inspired by every essay or poem, we can guarantee that every work is written by a child from the schools we support — exploring his or her voice, taking the opportunity to say, This is me! Lift the Lid is more than an exercise in creativity; it is a place for children who feel left behind by our world 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 a federal 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Our Tax ID number is 27-2974363.

  • Joshua Machinga

    “In the school there is a particular way of raising money, or even clothes, food, toys for different campaigns. This day is called “Non – uniform day”, so every student that comes to the school dressed without the uniform must bring anything that is established for that particular campaign. So in our case, they should bring at least 85 Kenyan Shillings (that is around $1 US dollar) to help Lenana Girls High School. So with the money raised a poem or an essay is send to whoever donated the funds.