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A Little About My Christmas, by Stephano

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Stephano has risen above his troubles, being a child of the city streets. Lift the Lid cherishes his essays and letters and has since he joined The School in a Cart at age twelve. He’s now sixteen and graduating from junior high. We’re dedicating this post to a longterm anonymous donor of Lift the Lid, who has helped […]






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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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The Library Project – A Great Surprise!

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The students of Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya, returned to school after the holiday break and were surprised to see their long-promised library from the government finally rising up from the dirt foundation that had sat abandoned for years. They knew Lift the Lid, the charity they write for, mustering mental strength and […]






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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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Lenana Girls’ High School 6th Annual Writing Competition

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I have applied to and have not won many writing competitions, but as I tell our students, it’s your preparation, your courage and your feeling of accomplishment having entered that makes applying an invaluable experience. After many hours of thoughtful writing and rewriting from 29 of the 60 students at Lenana Girls’ High School in Kitale, […]






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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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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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Good Learning Conditions: Running Water

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This past February Lift the Lid repaired a water pump at Lenana Girls’ High School in Kitale, Kenya. Although we would prefer to buy the obvious educational tools: books, lab equipment, and computers, fundamentals such as running water and daily meals are vital. Here are some photos that show the school’s pump being repaired and […]






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