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Hands Across the Sea, Inc.
April 23, 2013

Hands Across the Sea has been helping our Dominican schools for the past several years by providing books, shelves and refurbishing.
I met Harriet and Tom when they first came to Dominica and was impressed with their philosophy and care for the youth.
When a child learns to read their whole world opens to knowledge. Knowledge is the key to success.
New books and brightly painted furnishings, walls and floors make a library come alive and inviting to children whose culture is illiterate.
Harriet and Tom are easy to contact and listen to all requests. They have done a fantastic job building and restoring libraries for nearly the whole island.
We are truly appreciative for all their efforts.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Hands Across the Sea, Inc.
April 26, 2011

Harriet and Bob are wonderful people to work with. They visited our Morne Jaune Primary library to access our needs but found that we were in pretty good shape compared to most other schools. They still offered to help us procure any books that the principal and teachers felt necessary.
Although the shelves were packed many of the books were very old and not appropriate. Our teachers wanted more readers for the lower levels and I knew we needed more reference books.
Hands Across the Sea has a donation program that allows family and friends to also donate. A friend sent in funds via Paypal to "Hands". I was given Scholastic's discount code and allowed to go "spend" the funds on books we wanted.
We received two boxes of books that really made a difference in all the classrooms. These books did not make it to the library, they were divided up among the six grades.
Now they have offered to help with Castle Bruce Secondary. Another teacher and I began renovating an old classroom, setting up shelves and cleaning old books. Harriet and Bob visited us and have initiated the process to assist in obtaining the books needed.
Hands Across the Sea is involved in our Peace Corps book organization, Open Books/Open Minds. This help will ensure that the school children of Dominica will have libraries that can provide valuable books for all.
What impresses me most is their generous spirit to help. They truly understand the wealth that literacy makes in a child's life. Their assistance has made obtaining decent books much easier. Shipping is costly and they are handling all that for us.
Harriet answers all emails immediately and thoroughly.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

dealing with Harriet via emails and two visits on island at schools. I saw photos of what she and Bob did at other schools, making shelves, setting up libraries. Our library just needed some decent books. Being able to go on line and select from Scholastic was great. Having books shipped free was also a wonderful gift. The contract that schools are asked to consent to is simple and efficient. The teachers are made accountable for a few requirements that are necessary for sustainability.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They are growing and need more help. I really don't have any changes to suggest.

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I cleaned and organized the Primary school library and contacted Harriet. Now I've begun on the secondary school.