Also Known As: Lift the Lid, Inc.|
|C/O Sara Goff 228 Park Ave South No
Chief Executive Profile
Sara Goff runs the global educational charity Lift the Lid, Inc., which she founded in 2010. Lift the Lid supports underprivileged schools and encourages the students to write personal essays and poems. In her late twenties, Sara walked away from her seven-year career as a fashion buyer/merchandiser in New York City to pursue her passion for writing and to somehow make a difference in the world.
Since then, Sara has been accepted into Sewanee Writers' Conference and received two fellowships to Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia and Nairobi, Kenya. While living in Manhattan, she especially loved being a writing instructor for Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Writers Workshop, founded by author Ian Frazier, and for The National Arts Club's creative writing program for students. She's spoken at the Soup Kitchen and at several inner-city high schools and Saint Francis College in Brooklyn about the writing process and the power of the written word.
Sara currently lives in London with her Swedish husband of 14 years, their two sons, ages 0 and 5, and their sweet little girl…a Yorkie named Pia. Her first novel, I Always Cry at Weddings, is a New York City story about homelessness and unconditional love. I Always Cry at Weddings will be published this summer 2015 by WhiteFire Publishing and proceeds will go to Lift the Lid.
MISSION AND PROGRAMS
Since December of 2010, Lift the Lid, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, has raised money for underfunded schools and has brought them out of obscurity by publishing the students' writing on our website, where donors can read and leave encouraging comments.
How we support the schools we sponsor:
Financially. All money raised by Lift the Lid goes toward the construction of classrooms and facilities, supplying text books, paper and pens, lunches, uniforms, sports equipment, instruments, music lessons, and reusable menstrual cups. On occasion, a specified donation may be used to offset a student's school fees in order that s/he may continue their studies. Lift the Lid buys, out-of-pocket, any technology necessary for the schools to scan and email the students' writing, including cameras for taking photographs of the students and school activities. All operational costs are covered by the creators of Lift the Lid so that 100% of all donations go to the schools we sponsor.
Intellectually. For each donation made, Lift the Lid publishes a student's poem or personal essay on our website, and sends the link to the donor as a thank you. We believe that it is just as important to encourage the students to write as it is to assist the schools financially. Our website is a place where students can express themselves and be heard and where donors can comment and make meaningful connections.
The schools we currently sponsor are located in Kisamis, Kitale, and Kericho, Kenya, Cubao, the Philippines, and soon in Nkoaranga, Tanzania. We stick with each school we sponsor for the long run and get to know the students through their writing. Due diligence is taken prior to sponsoring new schools, which takes one year at a minimum. Trust, open communication, and an aligning of goals serves as the foundation of our partnership with each school.
|Program:||Kitchen in a Cart|
|Category: ||Education, General/Other|
|Population Served: ||Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General|
On December 5th, 2013, Lift the Lid sent $479.86 in donations to The School in a Cart in Cubao, the Philippines. In addition to new uniforms for the students, we were able to purchase a new stove, new sinks, and a ‘Kitchen in a Cart’ to accompany the School. To these street children, basics such as a clean place to wash up and a table to eat on are considered luxuries.
The Kitchen in a Cart program succeeds the Breakfast in a Cart fundraiser we initiated in 2012. Both programs serve the local street children on 20th Avenue in Cubao, Quezon City. The primary goal in these programs is to keep the children attending and performing their best in school.
|Program:||Runners of the Kenyan Lunchbox|
|Population Served: ||Children Only (5 - 14 years)|
October 2014, Lift the Lid, a 501(c)(3) charity, ran a 10k in London's Regent's Park to raise money for a lunch program at Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya, feeding 88 primary-aged boys & girls. We believe a well-balanced lunch is critical to education.
The best way we can help the students of Namelok Junior Academy to learn, grow, and succeed in life is to give them a healthy lunch everyday. The best way we can help the school is to develop self-sustaining projects, such as agriculture. Our fundraise will also go towards planting vegetables, maize potatoes, and beans.
Here’s the cost breakdown: £1100 ($1800) to build a kitchen and £2000 ($3200) for 88 lunches for one school year, or 200 days, at £10 ($16) per day. Our goal: £3000 ($5000).
A plan has been drawn up between Namelok and Lift the Lid for building and stocking the kitchen, as well as for planting a garden. The kitchen is currently under construction. The lunch program with begin in January of 2015.
|Program:||Partnership with Uk-based Mooncups Ltd.|
|Population Served: ||Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)|
Provided 30 reusable menstrual cups to Lenana Girls High School in Kitale, Kenya.
|Program:||Partnership with Kenya-based BRCK|
|Population Served: ||Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)|
Starting November of 2016, Namelok Junior Academy in Kisamis, Kenya will receive 40 educational tablets, supplied by BRCK, a Kenyan-based technology company. BRCK will also set up Wi-Fi connectivity and provide initial training for teachers and students.
|Program:||Partnership with Connecticut-based Darien Book Aid Plan|
|Population Served: ||Children Only (5 - 14 years)|
Darien Book Aid has shipped three large boxes of age-appropriate, culturally diverse books to our Kenyan schools.
|Chief Executive:||Mrs. Sara Goff|
||Mrs. Sara Goff, Founder/President|