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Hands Across the Sea, Inc.

Rating: 4.81 stars   205 reviews 7,484


PMB 85043 PO Box 55071 Boston MA 02205 USA


Hands Across the Sea is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising the literacy levels of Caribbean children by assisting schools and libraries in Caribbean communities

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Eastern Caribbean

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands Across the Sea donated over 600 books to the primary school I work at. These new materials allowed the school to open a library and let students check out books. The students are excited to come to the library and pick out books. Many students have never had books of their own, so Hands has let them explore their love of reading and succeed in school.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Lorraine Frederick Belle, I'm the principal of the Salybia Primary School. My school has been the recipient of books and other library resources from Hands Across the Sea for a few years now and we are indeed grateful. These donations to our library has not gone to waste, the students have become much more interested in visiting the library as the books are of a wide variety and very much in their interests. The boys in particular have taken a keen interest in reading and spending time in the library. The infants absolutely love the new look of the library and are always excited to go there.
The teachers have also found the reference section to be very beneficial to their teaching which they refer to as guides and additional learning materials for delivering lessons.
Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to say thank you to Hands Across the Sea for your commitment to help us and thereby assisting our students to be more literate and enthusiastic about reading.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Ivana and I helped Lisa from Hands across the Sea in Antigua to raise funds to repaint non funcioning library in Five Island school. It was amazing to see people coming together. Children, parents, us volunteers..Now couple months later, library is fully functioning with a librarian, who helps children with reading and looks after books. Its a true inspiration to see children being interested in reading through the help of the libraries, because literacy skills within Carribean islands especially the smaller ones is quite low. My hearfelt thank you goes to Hands across the Sea ,for allowing me to take part in their amazing project, for bringing community together, for truly making difference in peoples lives. And I am hoping to take part in future projects. There is still so much, that can be done to support children education and their natural curiosity. Thank you Harriet and Lisa.

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Rating: 4 stars  

The tremendous work being done by this organisation has a positive impact on the staff and students of the school. The donation of updated books created an atmosphere where students engage daily basis with books. This is quite a change! The library was once a closed up room with obsolete materials, not frequently visited by staff and students. Today, students borrow books and spend time reading current/relevant material in and out of the library. Great Job!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands Across The Sea has been great for my school. Check out this story I wrote for my blog: http://kuribbean.blogspot.com/2015/11/hands-across-sea.html

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Rating: 4 stars  

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The entire Cayon Primary School body expresses heart-felt thanks and appreciation to Hands Across the Sea for its donation of books. Through its effort we were also able to repaint the drawings on the walls of the library.

The students enjoy going to the library to borrow the books especially at the Grades Four and Five level since there was a shortage of books before. Thanks Hands Across the Sea for your timely donation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gros-Islet infant School thank Hands Across the Sea for a well appreciated library. This library has developed in students an appreciation and love for books and literacy. This library has become the favourite room in the school for our students. (school library teacher volunteer)

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Principal, staff, students and parents of the Estridge Primary School wish to thank Tom and Harriet Linskey and the entire Hands Across the Sea Family for the well needed donation of reading books.

Our Library has been improved and our students are enjoying the setting. The new setting allows students to read for fun, increase their imagination and sharpen reading skills.

Thank You! You have made a difference.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Principal, staff, students and parents of the Parham Primary school Antigua wish to say thank you to Mrs Lisa Tomlinson, Tom and Harriet Linskey and the entire Hands Across the Sea family for the timely, well needed and appreciated donation of reading materials.

The donation of books and other reading materials have opened a world of opportunities for our students. They are able to travel the world through reading, they have developed a love for books and reading which has enhanced their imaginative skills and in turn their writing abilities. Being able to borrow books from the library where students can read at their own leisure, and writing book reports have proven beneficial for both the students and the teachers.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea

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Rating: 4 stars  

The entrance of Hands into our island has been a breath of fresh air Unfortunately, many fly by night charities have entered the Grenadian culture only to fade into oblivion having failed to deliver on their stated mandate. However, Hands has served to revitalize the movement to develop literacy and by extension, reading competency, and they have been here for the long hall. The local area rep for Hands, Mrs. Olivia Phillip has been instrumental it forwarding the agenda of Hands. At times when I sit back and reflect on the effort that Hands and others like them make, and on several occasions without thanks, I am truly humbled and thankful for the labour of love, not only of Hands, but also their sponsors who work behind the scenes to ensure that our young pupils who may not be able to have access to that language rich environment are afforded the opportunity. It has been a pleasure working with this organisation and I look forward to years of continued collaboration with this noble charity.

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