Sara Goff founded the global 501(c)(3) educational charity Lift the Lid, Inc. in 2010. Lift the Lid supports underprivileged schools and works with the students to explore self-expression through writing.

Lift the Lid helps struggling schools with little more than a roof and four walls. Overcrowded, lacking in tools, teachers and structure, these schools are often the only hope for children brimming with talent and the desire to learn.

We believe that encouraging students to write instills confidence and hope. It also sends the message that someone cares. Sometimes that’s all it takes to reveal the hidden talent in children and to give them a better future.

Click on the photo below to read Joan Chepngeno's essay, "An Unforgettable Lesson."Joan placed First in Lift the Lid's 6th Annual Writing Competition at Mogonjet Secondary School.

Please consider helping orphaned students and students from single-parent families to pursue their studies. You can make a secure donation at With our encouragement, these students can believe there's a way out of poverty. They know the importance of education; they just need the opportunity.

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2014 First Place Winning Essay

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Rev. Joseph Rono handing Joan the First Place award of $100 to be used toward her class and her own education. We send a renowned work of fiction or nonfiction to all Finalists.