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Hands Across The Sea, Inc.

Rating: 4.84 stars   172 reviews 5,728

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.

Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

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  

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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Rating: 4 stars  

We are so grateful for your donation of books. This passion for improving literacy in this school will not go unrewarded. Reading is a lifelong skill which improves learning and learning to learn. Hats Off to you "Hands Across the Sea"

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Rating: 5 stars  

On behalf of the Pares Secondary School in Antigua, we wish to say a heartfelt thank you to Hands Across the Sea, Inc. Their donation to our School Library has greatly increased our Literacy Program, by providing materials from which our students can benefit. As the School's Librarian; I have observed that our students are greatly motivated and excited to read more often because of the variety of books we have received from Hands. We are very grateful and look forward to continued relationship with them! Stephanie D. Caesar-Maxime, Teacher/Librarian

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Rating: 5 stars  

We at Westerhall Secondary School are very grateful to Hands Across the Sea for their assistance in re-establishing our school's library. Their contribution of books has made a great difference to our student population as well as our teachers. We have seen an increase in the number of students making use of the library. Hats off to Hands Across the School!!! Hip, hip hooray!!! We look forward to a continued relationship as we strive to improve the literacy level of our students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Hands Across the Sea continues to deliver awesome service and the highest quality product. Speaking on behalf of a learning institution which has been fortunate enough to benefit first hand from their generous contributions, I can honestly state that the organisation has made a profound impact in literacy at the schools in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Hands has succeeded in creating a heightened state of awareness re, the importance of reading as part of the holistic development of the individual.

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As the librarian at one of the largest secondary schools in Grenada, Hands accross the sea has been a tremendous help in initiating the re- establishment of our school's library. The amount and quality of the books recieved has been a great motivation towards getting the student excited about reading. And we are very grateful for the job their organisation is doing. Olivia Phillip Librarian, Grenville Secondary

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Hands Across the Sea is Simply Amazing! Not only did they deliver a ton of books, they also built us a library at the Micoud Secondary School in St. Lucia. Their Vision is definitely enhance the Literacy levels in St. Lucia and across the Caribbean!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Joining hands with Hands Across the Sea’s team as Literacy Link for Saint Lucia has been a thrilling experience for me. Most of our school libraries were more or less abandoned. We have managed to create new libraries, rejuvenate many and inspire principals and teachers, but our greatest impact has been on the children. Their enthusiasm when given the opportunity to hold a new book is priceless, their sparkling eyes when they open a book about dinosaurs and a Diplodocus actually jumps out of the page is what makes my mission as a Literacy Link a real bliss.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Everyone who visits the Stephanie Browne Primary School library on the tiny island of Union Island is usually in awe as to the amount of resources that we are endowed with. EVERYBODY ASKED, WHERE DO YOU ALL GET THESE BOOKS FROM? THEY ARE EXCELLENT. And our answer for the past four years has been from Hands Across the Seas. Its an organization where promises are kept.

Mrs. Lorette Coy-James
Principal

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We thank Hands Across The Sea for partnering with the Sandy Point Primary.We now have a working library where children can come regularly to the library to read,be read to and borrow books.During this time we also teach the children to take care of the books.We see this as a valuable investment.The children are so excited to come to the library ,even when its not their turn.They even want to come lunch time and break time.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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