"Hands Across the Sea sent the most wonderful gift the students could ask for – books. My students, who are mainly from poor areas, are now walking around with a friend called 'book' tightly in their hands. Hands Across the Sea did not send discarded or irrelevant books. They sent new, interesting, and relevant books. They made our children very happy."
Octavia Alfred, Principal
Castle Bruce Secondary School, Dominica
Three Ways Your Gift Makes a Big, Sustainable Impact
Because we send only brand new books that educators, via our Hands Wish Lists
, have requested, your donation buys books and literacy resources (such as educational games or phonics software) that are up-to-date, top-quality, and age- and culturally-appropriate. Equally important, your donation also supports the creation or rejuvenation of lending libraries, usually in schools, and the ongoing mentoring and monitoring of Hands projects by our on-island Hands Literacy Links
. So when you donate to Hands you can be sure that your gift will go a long way—we turn your donation into targeted aid on three fronts that delivers the biggest possible impact in a sustainable fashion. Getting great new asked-for books into kids' hands is the best way to get them hooked on reading. Sometimes, though, we are asked only about the books: "How many and what kind of books does my donation buy?" Below are representative samples of the types and quantities of brand new books your donation can buy.
Four great series books such as Junie B. Jones or Funny Fairy Tales, or other irresistible reading books for grades K to 3.
Mango Tree $25
A half-dozen high interest/low reading level books that stoke the imaginations of reluctant readers.
Selection of 10 gotta-read titles such as Great Graphix or Thrillers & Chillers for primary school students from grades 4 to 6.
Coral Reef $100
Selection of 50 pleasure-reading books — from Goosebumps to Diary of a Wimpy Kid — for a targeted grade level.
Steel Pan Band $250Selection of 35 hardcover Caribbean titles — when Caribbean kids “see themselves,” they get hooked on reading.
Carnival Queen $500Forty hardcover non-fiction books for a primary or secondary school — interesting, contemporary, informational books.
Calypso King $1,000Selection of 65 durable (library binding) non-fiction books for a primary school (grades K to 6, ages 5 to 12) or secondary school (grades 7 to 11, ages 13 to 17). These books are packed with information.
Trade Winds $2,500
Refurbish the existing library of a primary school or secondary school, from new paint to bookshelves to 400 great new books, and help turn it into a vibrant lending library that serves every student.
Dolphin $________Fund our area of greatest need. Let Hands direct your gift to selected schools, libraries, reading programs, and youth centers that are ready for development — and ready to engage children who are eager to read and learn.