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Ninth Annual Writing Competition at Mogonjet – Shy but Proud!

We are proud to announce the winners of our Ninth Annual Writing Competition at Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya (near Kericho.) Here is a note to Lift the Lid from Mogonjet School and our longterm partner Grace Foundation International: “Parents came in large numbers. The pics were taken inside the school’s dinning hall. […]






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It Will Be Okay, by Ann Nyambura

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Ann writes, “As I struggle with leadership, Learning to cope with hardship, Experience being my own teacher…” and many other lines that speak for her honesty and wisdom. We believe teenagers are capable of great insight and maturity, if you believe in them and give them the space to prove themselves. Ann was one of our […]






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‘Till You Win Your Crown, by Daphrone L.

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Teens like Daphrone, who feel inspired to share their hardships and strength with others, are on a path to becoming our future leaders and teachers, advocates and psychologists. With an open heart and the power of words, there are many options for them. Their drive to inspire others certainly sets them apart. Daphrone has placed in […]






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Climbing for Water – Results!!

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In March of 2018, I ski toured (skied uphill) and spent a very cold night in an igloo in Zermatt, Switzerland in order to raise $4000 to pipe clean water to our primary school in Kisamis, Kenya, Namelok Junior Academy. This past June we completed Phase One, building the tower. Now Namelok has 81 young students who will benefit […]






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For The Love of Books

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LIFT THE LID makes four book donations to Africa every year thanks to you and Darien Book Aid Plan! These photos speak enough words to fill books galore! Donations are welcome.  






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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 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 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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What Makes Me Happy, by Nowel Naitetoi

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You may think that Nowel is too young to know what she wants to do with her life: Debate. She is, after all only 11 years old. But then read her essay, “What Makes Me Most Happy,” and look at her photo, the confidence coming through her smile, and hold your doubt. We’re working to […]






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