students’ essays

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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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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Powerful Encouragement – Mercy’s Poem

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I think of two words every time I read Mercy’s poem: Fire and Optimism. Through her words, in just three stanzas, she is a leader and she is humble. “Being limitless through every limitation,” says it all. Mercy earned Second Place in Lenana Girls’ High School (Kitale, Kenya) Sixth Annual Writing Competition sponsored by Lift the […]






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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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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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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 Graduation Means to Me

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A swell of pride, a smile that takes over the moment, and a sense of hope strong enough to surprise the most discouraged are the feelings of every child, regardless of background, when receiving her/his diploma. Lift the Lid with The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines ensure the children who come to us receive the support necessary to achieve that […]






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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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