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Hands Across The Sea, Inc.

Rating: 4.83 stars   180 reviews 6,771

Nonprofit Issues:

Education

Address:

PMB 85043 PO Box 55071 Boston MA 02205 USA

Mission:

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

Geographic areas served:

Eastern Caribbean

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617-320-3601
http://www.handsacrossthesea.net

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Reviews for Hands Across The Sea, Inc.

Rating: 4 stars  

Hands Across the Sea enabled this small school in the Eastern Caribbean to open and maintain a working library for its students. Through timely donations of books, library manual, and materials, one hundred and forty students are now able to learn outside of classroom material. Students come into the library during break and lunch to read their favorite books, do research, and learn something now. Thanks Hands!

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

Hands Across the Sea has made it possible for a small rural primary school in the Eastern Caribbean with no space for a large school library to start individual class libraries. The books are student friendly, informative and serve as a means of opening the minds of students to a world that they would not otherwise see. Thank you Hands Across the Sea for giving us the opportunity to partner with you!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean from 2013 to 2015, I partnered closely with Hands Across the Sea throughout my service. They are a fantastic organization. My Peace Corps assignment was as a literacy teacher and library developer at my village's primary school on the island of Dominica. Hands sent my school two wonderful donations of brand-new books and library materials, which transformed the literacy environment in my community. What sets Hands apart from other organizations is their commitment to local ownership. In-country staff provide a vital link between the community educators at the local level and Hands admin. Celia, the Hands Dominica Coordinator, continually communicates with the school principals on the island and makes routine visits to each library that Hands supports. Hands' approach ensures that community members are involved and empowered with tools and resources to keep each library sustainable and relevant in the community that it serves. An all-around outstanding organization!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hands Across the Sea is a remarkable organization. They have helped us transform our library into a beautiful, engaging room. Furthermore, they have supplied us with new, exciting books for our students to take home. Hands Across the Sea is helpful every step of the way whether it is setting up the library or creating a check out system so the students can have impeccable reading material at home. This organization is not only changing our library and students view towards literacy but everywhere in the Caribbean. Thank you Hands!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My name is Chase Jones. I am a returned Peace corps Volunteer from the island of Dominica. During my service on the island I assisted in the remodeling and organization of three libraries in my area of work Sineku Primary, Sineku Resource Center, and Castle Bruce Primary. I worked closely with youth groups, community members, students, and teachers with the libraries. But I want to give a very grateful thanks to Hand Across the Sea for their efforts and donations to the libraries. I saw first hand how much excitement and energy came from the youth after the opening of the freshly new libraries in their communities. With the on going support of Hands Across the Sea and their Dominica Coordinator Celia Sorhaindo will assist in a positive and successful future for these young people on the island of Dominica and in the community I called home for two years and forever.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hands Across the Sea is an amazing organization!!! It links students and teachers in the Caribbean with relevant resources and books, many written by local Caribbean Authors. I am a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and partnered with Hands Across the Sea for about three years. The organization assists with organizing fundraising, communicates with in country staff, ensures to meet needs of individual schools, and follows through with setting up of libraries once books have arrived.
Because of the partnership with Hands Across the Sea- the L'Esterre Rosary School in Carriacou, Grenada now has a functioning library with circulating books and learning materials.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Hands Across The Sea provided my school with an excellent selection of books for young readers, and additionally included a library starter kit, which has helped organize what was once a broom closet into a small library for our students. The ease of working with Hands Across The Sea paired with the quality of the books they provide is just incredible. Thank you Hands Across the Sea!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Hands Across the Sea keeps getting better and better and doing more for Caribbean children starved for good books to read. The evolution from delivering books and building libraries to creating sustainable educational change for thousands of children over the past 7 years is remarkable! With so little, this organization does so much. They should be applauded for their tireless dedication and passion. A generation of children has been positively impacted by the work of Hands Across the Sea.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The work done by Hands Across The Sea, Inc far outweighs expectations. My school has been served for the past four years and i am impressed with the level of accountability maintained. The books provided have greatly enhanced the literacy program at the Tete Morne Primary School. The students are excited to check books out and the love for reading has grown. The school's goal is to have every child who is not otherwise hampered reading at grade level within the next three years.

I love the operations of the organization, the way in which the school needs are checked, books provided in a timely manner, visits from personnel of Hands Across Seas and the eagerness shown by the workers to help. God bless you and may he multiply your giving back to you a hundred fold

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

As a client served by Hands Across Sea, I can honestly rate them higher than 5 stars. their response to my request was prompt and professional. more than that, the books sent are excellent, new, interesting, colourful and child friendly. As principal i appreciate this partnership and look forward to further working with Hands Across Sea.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

As the literacy link for Dominica, I'm happy to be part of this passionate, hard-working and effective team helping to get great books into the hands of students. It's inspiring to see first hand the school library transformations and the increased interest in books and reading, due to the organisation's efforts and close, "hands on", relationships with schools. Hands Across The Sea are really able to make a significant difference, encouraging a love of reading in students, many of whom would have minimal or no access to interesting books that they genuinely enjoy reading.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Books and access to books are often taken for granted in many countries but, other than school text books, too many children in Dominica do not have books at home or easy access to a library. Limited finances, lack of book stores and the high cost of books mean that they are often low on the list of priorities in many homes and schools. Hands Across the Sea with the help of dedicated and passionate volunteers and school staff are doing an amazing job here in Dominica, building bright and comfortable school libraries and stocking their shelves with stimulating and relevant children's books. I have seen what a big difference the world of books, literature and poetry can make in the lives of the children (and often their parents too).
I like the "hands on" and practical way the organisation works, finding out the specific needs of each school, visiting the schools, providing books relevant for Caribbean children, working closely with the teachers and giving detailed feedback to donors. Celia Sorhaindo

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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