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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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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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Second Place Winner Writes about Forgiveness

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Our students write essays that define who they are, essays that they are proud of and draw strength from, possibly throughout their lives. Here is one by Vivian of Mogonjet Secondary School in Bomet County, Kenya (where we’re building a library!) She shows us how we can reach inside ourselves in order to forgive someone we love and what can happen when we do. […]






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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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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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Books are Arriving!

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Check out your recent book deliveries to Mogonjet Secondary School in rural Bomet County, Kenya, near Kericho. While the school educates boys and girls with close to a 50/50 split, these boys volunteered to be photographed to show their gratitude. Worlds away from our selfie culture, they prefer to appear modest for the camera and not smile. […]






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My Life Was in a Terrible Position, by Caren Chepngenoh

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  Caren was diagnosed with cholera and thought her life would come to an end before graduating high school. In her essay, she expresses the fear she felt, knowing death was near. She also describes how she made it to a place of peace and then health, when still shocked herself to have been given a second […]






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