December | 2015
2015: The Difference You Have Made
Joy to the World: 35,470 Amazing New Books to 22,700 Children
This is the difference you have made: 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 209,300 great books to 336 schools, community libraries, and reading programs in the Caribbean. For the 2015-2016 Hands Wish Lists
shipment we shipped 35,470 amazing new asked-for books from 24 of the world's leading education and children's book publishers
. But raising child literacy levels 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 wish you joy this holiday season.