Hands Across The Sea 2023/24 Handing Over Ceremony
On Friday 20th October 2023, the Handing Over Ceremony of books from Hands Across The Sea (HATS) was held at the Conference Room of the National Public Library under the theme “Chartering a Brighter Path for Child Literacy”.
With funding provided by the Mustique Charitable Foundation (MCF), HATS will distribute 2,599 books and 7 floor mats to 11 Primary Schools across St. Vincent. The selected schools will include 7 libraries that are being rejuvenated and 4 libraries that are receiving books as a ‘top-up’ to their current collection.
At the ceremony, Amanda Sherlip, HATS Executive Director, expressed her sincere gratitude to the Mustique Charitable Foundation and President Nancy Young. Amanda stated that despite HATS own challenges since the COVID-19 pandemic, they cannot thank MCF enough for never wavering their support towards the main goal, to offer vital support and improve literacy across St. Vincent & the Grenadines.
Natalia Gill, Project Director – Mustique Charitable Foundation, noted that she was pleased about HATS decision to focus this year on Primary Schools as they are the core of a child’s education. She also stated the utmost importance for partnerships and thanked both Hands Across the Sea and the Ministry of Education for allowing this project to take place year after year.
Together, HATS and MCF continue to charter new territories and lead with clarity, resolve and care for the communities across St. Vincent and the Grenadines.