As a former peace corps volunteer, I returned to Bequia, St. Vincent for a reunion. I was delighted to connect with the volunteers for Hands Across the Sea. I was able to spend a day at the Paget Farm Gov't School and view their hard work in creating a new library for the students with the support of Hands Across the Sea. The pure delight and excitement in the children- as they shared their new wonderful library brought tears to my eyes. This is an excellent non profit doing real good in a part of the world often overlooked, but with tremendous need. There are very few books in their school and this new secure library is a real gift.
My husband and I have been donors to Hands Across the Sea since its founding. We appreciate their focus on literacy and feel strongly about giving to a group that puts our dollars right to work. The Thank You notes we have received from recipients of Hands' help in the Caribbean have been truly touching. It's clear that this organization has an important role to play in enhancing students' lives and helping their teachers and schools offer them a more engaging and effective education. We are so impressed by how much Hands has managed to achieve in such a short timeframe on a shoestring budget. They make every donation, whether cash or in kind, count -- and seem to accomplish more with whatever they're given than many other groups we have supported in the past. We hope to see Hands continue to grow and plan to continue to support them. Turning more young people into enthusiastic readers, successful students, and ultimately, productive citizens, is a cause well worth the investment!