. . . with Hands Wish Lists projects
The Hands Wish Lists
are the foundation of our assistance. Each year, we ask educators which books and resources they need, we put their Wish Lists up for "adoption" on our website, and we do our utmost to fund and fulfill the requests. But this is a two-way street—we require buy-in from recipients. We insist upon full and proper utilization of the aid we send. And we require their commitment to sustaining the gains in literacy. For how we select Hands Wish Lists projects, please see our CLASS
. . .with Hands Literacy Links
Our Literacy Links
are passionate, professional people (many are former educators) who live on-island and work closely with Hands Wish Lists projects to maximize gains in child literacy. We depend on our Literacy Links to help get book and resource shipments to their destination, for hands-on problem-solving and mentoring, and in finding and evaluating potential Hands Wish Lists projects.
. . . with authors and publishers
Every year, we purchase tens of thousands of new children's books from two dozen or so leading publishers (Hands Publishing Partners
), and we work with—and are looking for—authors of children's books that are appropriate for Caribbean children. Do you have material that fits our needs? Contact us
. . . with our logistics angels
Without our logistics angels—Harte-Hanks, Inc., AIT Worldwide Logistics, and Tropical Shipping—we woud not be able to get books to Caribbean kids. Please see our Hands Logistics Angels
for more about these companies, and see our CLASS
page for a quick primer on how we sort, pack, and ship.
. . . with Hands private donors
Much of our support comes from caring individuals. We are happy to channel a gift to a specific project, and we can connect donors with locals to visit or volunteer. Contact us
. . . with Hands corporate donors
We receive significant, multi-year support from corporate donors and foundations (see our Charitable Partners
page). We are happy to publicize their generous funding and to connect members of their organization directly with the children and educators they are assisting.