Dominica gets book donation from Hands Across the Sea

The books were presented on Thursday
The books were presented on Thursday

Three thousand nine hundred and seventy Dominican children are set to benefit from 8,950 brand new reading books compliments, Hands Across the Sea, a non-profit organization based in the United States.

The organization is dedicated to raising the literacy levels of children in the Eastern Caribbean including Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada.

Twenty-nine schools including early childhood, primary and secondary schools and community reading programs will be receiving the books which have been requested by educators.

The books were presented by the representatives of hands across the sea and their partners, the Lion Club of Dominica to the Ministry of Education on Thursday 19th November 2015.

To date over 87 projects have been undertaken by the organization with 51,430 books sent and 12,280 children benefiting.

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8 Comments

  1. 4-cars
    November 22, 2015

    “Box mentality.” True. If you lived outside the box, then you wouldn’t limit the children’s understanding by assuming the bible could be confusing to them. Didn’t you know that the “big time” drug dealers are people with degrees ranging from BA to PhD and Dr.? And didn’t you also know, that the crime rate spiked to unprecedented levels when governments everywhere banned the use of Bibles in SCHOOLS? Children need to know how to love and respect one-another; and that is not something found in the school curriculum. No wonder the children are so disrespectful to their parents and teachers. Mostly all mass shootings happen at schools. Don’t these schools have adequate reading materials? Yes, they do. But the BOOK OF ALL BOOKS – THE BIBLE IS NO LONGER WELCOME. Similarly, when the savior came into the world as a babe; THERE WAS NO ROOM AT THE INN FOR HIM TO BE BORN. HE WAS BORN IN A MANGER. This Christmas, all the hypocrites will be singing “joy to the world.” A joy they have…

  2. Sandw
    November 21, 2015

    Dear ADMIN,
    Why do we sometimes have to wait so long for our comments to appear publicly?
    I for one, like to “join in” some of the discussions, or state my point of view, only for it to appear just as the article disappears off the front page.
    I appreciate you are all busy, but can Dominicans really not be trusted to post direct comments?
    My comments on other nationalities’ online newspapers appear instantaneously and I suppose would only be removed if I used offensive language.
    Thank you.

  3. Sandw
    November 21, 2015

    I have seen and read these books from “Hands” when I helped organise the Castle Bruce library delivery.
    These books are fantastic.
    They are:
    Brand new
    Age appropriate
    Amazing stories to fire the imaginations of our children
    Modern, beautifully illustrated reference and science books to inspire future careers
    Much of the fiction is based around the Caribbean
    Even the alphabet books include things like “M is for Mango” – and so relevant to our lives here
    Many books to encourage boys to read. Featuring (e.g.) Superheroes

    These books are paid for by hard working people in other countries who simply want to spread the joy of reading.
    There is no religious affiliation, it is done simply from the goodness of people’s hearts.
    The books are given under the condition they will be cared for. Schools who do not meet this criteria do not receive again.
    Hands also organised the makeovers of half the island’s primary school libraries.

    People, please show some respect and…

  4. Concerned
    November 20, 2015

    I agree with you 100%. We are in the end of times.

  5. 4-cars
    November 20, 2015

    I can assure you that there are no BIBLES among these books. With all that’s going on all around us we need to move more into the Spirit realm – The Holy Spirit, that is. All the wise men and women and intellectuals of the world are involved mostly in the materialistic and temporary fleeting things of this short life. These are the days of reckoning my beloved. Jesus said in Matt. 24: 35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away; But my words shall not pass away.” The world is going down pretty fast, because men are proud and ashamed of God their creator and His word the Bible. Some of these books may contain stories like, “Mr. Mike goes to school on a bike.” And, “Twolly and Twisty were two SCREWS.” Would like to put my hands on one of these books.

    • out of south city
      November 20, 2015

      Were you a part of the donation and don’t you think most homes in Dominica already have bibles? The children need to be exposed to reading materials besides the bible which is probably confusing to them anyway. We need to stop that box mentality which the bible creates and get in tuned with what’s going on in the real world.

      UNAPOLOGETIC

      • 4-cars
        November 22, 2015

        You seem to be the one living in a box. You are underestimating the minds and understanding of the children. Many drug dealers are men and women with degrees! Don’t you know that? Don’t you also know, that the crime rate spiked to unbelievable heights when bibles were banned / removed from our schools? I’m getting the impression that you are an atheist. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:.

      • LawieBawie
        November 23, 2015

        Well there is no other book that is more in tuned with what is going on in the real world as the bible is.

        I also am UNAPOLOGETIC..!!!

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