Second Place Winner Writes about Forgiveness

Vivian Chepkoech 8th Comp 2nd Pl Coleman Mogonjet Feb 2019

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.

Vivian starts her essay writing about the trouble she has keeping friends, about her insecurities in social settings, before mentioning her father and his drinking problem. She remembers violent times and fearing for her mother’s safety, years she felt robbed of her innocence and happiness. It took one afternoon and the words I’m sorry to change everything. Her father promised never to drink again. “With tears in our eyes, we got up and hugged him affectionately. My mother’s excitement embraced him and the glitter in her eyes told us that she still loved him. This is me.”

Vivian Chepkoech 8th Comp 2nd Pl forgiveness Coleman Mogonjet Feb2 019
Vivian Chepkoech Thank you 8th Comp 2nd Pl Mogonjet Aug 2018

Vivian earned Second Place in Lift the Lid’s Eighth Annual Writing Competition at Mogonjet. Congratulations, Vivian! We’re giving her essay to our longtime friend and donor from New York City, Caroline, to show our appreciation. Below is a photo of Vivian receiving her award from our partner Rev. Joseph Rono, as well as her Thank You note for Lift the Lid.

Vivian Chepkoech 8th Comp w Joseph 2nd Pl Mogonjet Aug 2018