In a nutshell: I'm doing my first Half Tough Mudder on Sunday, July 24th with the goal of raising $5000 to provide Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya with 40 durable Kio tablets, plus wireless charging and connectivity. Each tablet will host school-approved local and international learning programs and is made to withstand drops and spills. A school without running water and electricity will have access to the way our world is learning, and the students, instead of being alienated by technology, will see how they can use it to improve their lives.
The whole enchilada: Lift the Lid, Inc. is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) educational charity with a global outreach. We sponsor schools committed to the well-being of students in low-income communities, raising money to improve their quality of education. The second part of our two-fold mission is to encourage self-expression and confidence-building through creative writing. For every donation, a student writes a poem or personal essay, which is posted on our website at www.lift-the-lid.org and shared with the donor, who is then welcome to leave a positive comment for the student. (Please note that for large-scale fundraisers we are unable to send a student's writing to every donor, but we will send updates on the specific project.)
Lift the Lid (LTL) sponsors three schools in rural Kenya and one in metro Manila, the Philippines. We arranged annual poetry/writing competitions at our schools and poetry exchanges between the students and students around the globe. (Here is one example: Poems Without Borders.) Our involvement with the schools is long-term, so we see firsthand how the students are progressing with their writing, how they are defining and refining their unique voices, and how their confidence and self-awareness is evolving beyond the constraints of living in poverty.
Since we started in 2010, LTL has raised over $60,000, 100% of which funds scholarships and projects such as the construction of classrooms, a library and a science lab, buying uniforms and shoes, implementing and sustaining a lunch program, providing menstrual cups, starting a band with free music lessons, and funding a summer school program. In conjunction with our annual writing competitions, we make yearly book donations in an ongoing effort to build/expand the schools' libraries. Finally, since we began, we've published 85 students' personal essays and 40 students' poems, which adds up to a fair amount of reflection, expression, and believing in oneself!
If you are interested in leaning more about the schools/students we sponsor, or if you'd like to join us in fundraising for these eager kids and their schools, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!