writing competition

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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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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Abigael Takes First Place in Namelok’s Poetry Competition!

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Does love grow old? When Abigael Mantaine sat down to think about love for Namelok’s Fourth Annual Poetry Competition, she thought of her mother. She thought of moments she felt completely comforted and at peace, of her mother’s gentleness and protection, her advice and acceptance. The love she remembers doesn’t end with her youth. Her […]






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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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Standing Up to Female Genital Mutilation…by Writing About It

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Sometimes we hear that a problem is being addressed and we assume it will go away. Back in the ’80’s, in a global studies high school class, I learned about different cultures and traditions, and the procedure of female genital mutilation, FGM, or the excision of the clitoral hood or the clitoris together with part […]






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Phoebe Places 1st with Her Poem, What Makes Me Happy

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We are very excited to announce the 1st Place winner of Lift the Lid’s 3rd Annual Writing Competition at Namelok Junior Academy. Phoebe Naserem submitted the poem, “What Makes Me Happy,” and we knew at once that she had poured out her words from her heart. She is clearly a devout young woman with talent […]






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Lilian Cherotich Places First at Mogonjet Secondary School

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Mogonjet Secondary School in Kericho, Kenya completed its 6th Annual Writing Competition sponsored by Lift the Lid, and we’re very happy to announce Lilian Cherotich as the First Place winner for her essay on how she made it to high school, being the first in her family to stay in school beyond eighth grade. She […]






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My Role Model by Favour Wambui – 1st Place Winner

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Over the past two years, Favour Wambui has written several essays, a bold poem on Africa’s identity, and a heartfelt Thank You letter to Lift the Lid. We are extremely happy to announce that she is the First Place winner of the Lenana Girls High School Third Annual Writing Competition sponsored by Lift the Lid. […]






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Patricia Silantoi – 1st Place Winner

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Lift the Lid is proud to announce the First Place winner of the 2nd Annual Poetry Competition at Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya. Patricia Silantoi was chosen from eight finalists for her poem “Drought.” She writes, “Sun rises at five o’clock. Sun sets at seven. There’s no morning, there’s no evening, but one extended […]






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Thank you Author Laura Anderson Kurk!

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We learn from example and experience, and literature gives us both, far beyond what is available to us in our own lives. Many sincere thanks to author Laura Anderson Kurk for donating and shipping her novel Glass Girl to Mogonjet Secondary School in Kericho, Kenya and to Lenana Girls High School in Kitale, Kenya. Five finalists from […]






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