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December 2016 | 2016-2017 Hands Wish Lists Shipment
The Difference You Have Made
The Books Are Here! 50,180 New Amazing Books to 26,760 Children


This is the difference you have made in 2016: Cycle through the slideshow and you'll see child literacy blossoming in the Caribbean in a thousand ways. Thanks to your loyal and generous support, we've been able to empower school principals, teachers, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers with great new books, literacy tools, and methodology for the children in their care. Since our start in 2007, our CLASS (Caribbean Literacy and School Support) Program has sent 265,170 great books to 422 schools, community libraries, and reading programs in the Caribbean. For the 2016-2017 Hands Wish Lists shipment we shipped 50,180 amazing new asked-for books from 18 of the world's leading education and children's book publishers. But raising the literacy levels of Caribbean children is about much more than new books. Our crew of on-island Hands Literacy Links are at work monitoring, mentoring, and helping to create and rejuvenate sustainable lending libraries in schools—often where no library existed before. From all of us at Hands, we thank you and wish you peace and joy this holiday season.