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Hands Across the Sea, CFC #61559, with the partnership of over 100 U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers since 2007, is changing the landscape of child literacy in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean. Through our CLASS Program (Caribbean Literacy and School Support), we raise the literacy levels of Caribbean children by putting amazing books into their hands, by creating or rejuvenating school lending libraries, and by sustaining child literacy gains with hands-on coaching and ongoing support
Since 2007, we have been raising the literacy levels of Caribbrean children by putting great new books from the world's leading education and children's book publishers into the hands of pre-school, primary school, and secondary school children. Not only do kids respond to new, well-written and well-illustrated books with contemporary subject matter, the effect of "seeing themselves" in Caribbean-content books is powerful. All materials are selected in collaboration with school principals, literacy coordinators, and U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers via each year's Hands Wish Lists.
It takes more than new amazing books to raise child literacy levels.The best way to make reading a part of a child's life is to create or rejuvenate sustainable, exciting lending libraries in schools. Hands Across the Sea and our on-island Hands Literacy Links work hands-on with each Hands Wish Lists child literacy project. We help schools overcome management obstacles, train and mentor staff, suggest improvements, track sustainability, and share best practices within each country and across the Eastern Caribbean.

Change the life of a Caribbean child by opening the door to literacy
Do you believe that every child should grow up reading? Do you believe that the power of literacy not only opens doors but lasts a lifetime? Every year since 2007 Hands Across the Sea has put brand new, amazing, asked-for books into the hands of pre-school, primary school, and secondary school children who have grown up without books in the home and very few books at school on the Eastern Caribbean islands of Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada.

Hands Across the Sea sends new amazing books from the world's leading children's book and educational publishers, we create and rejuvenate vibrant lending libraries at schools, and our hands-on Hands Literacy Links ensure that these libraries and the advances in child literacy are sustained. Hands Across the Sea has created/rejuvenated over 330 libraries, and shipped 209,300 books, the titles requested through our Hands Wish Lists, to 80,700 children. Many of our lending libraries were started by passionate U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers—and we are sustaining these libraries and continuing to support their eager young readers. We welcome all Federal employees to join the Hands Across the Sea mission to raise child literacy levels and bring a brighter future to young people in the Caribbean.

The books your donation buys & sends
$10 buys four new amazing Grade K to 3 books
$25 buys six new high-interest/low-reading-level books
$50 buys ten new Grade 4 to 6 gotta-read titles
$75 buys nine hardcover non-fiction, high-interest books
$100 buys 50 new books for a targeted grade level
$250 buys 35 hardcover Caribbean-specific titles
$500 buys 40 hardcover primary or secondary books
$1,000 buys 65 durable (library binding) non-fiction books

Your gift supports library sustainability
Great books alone are not enough to create a love of reading. The best way to make reading a part of children's lives is to create sustainable, high-functioning lending libraries, usually a school library. Doing so takes dedication and resources, along with substantial buy-in from school staff, parents, community members, and our on-island Hands Literacy Links. The methodology in our Hands Across the Sea Library Manual for Primary Schools, a seven-step guide to creating or rejuvenating lending libraries in schools, has been used successfully by hundreds of schools. Join us in transforming child literacy in the islands of the Eastern Caribbean and opening the door to literacy for Caribbean children.