Hands Across The Sea, Inc.

Rating: 4.84 stars   175 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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  

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands Across The Sea have done a great job in helping to stock our school library at Kids Unlimited School in Antigua.
We were finally able to replace old worn out books with new exciting titles that the boys at the school were particularly pleased about. The "DK Eyewitness" range and the "Goosebumps" range were also a huge success and it has been wonderful to see such enthusiasm from the children on their library days.
The fact that this organisation not only send donated books but also source the books that we actually ask for is pretty amazing and has made a massive difference to our library and our school.
Well done Hands Across The Sea, we think you are fabulous!!!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

The students and staff at the La Ressource Combined School are thankful for your donation of books to our school library. Your assistance has made it possible to engage our students in reading and more importantly we are better able to cater to the reading needs of our boys.

Thank you for such a wonderful gift.

Rameau

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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Hands Across the Sea is the reason why the students at the Bonne Terre Preparatory School in St. Lucia are becoming excited and hopefully life long readers. Their donation of several boxes of books over the past 3 years has supplied the school library with quality, appropriate and very appealing books to all age levels and both genders. It is a joy for me, as the librarian, to see these students' eyes light up when the new books arrive. The level of reading competency has increased tremendously simply because the students are being exposed to great books. We are very, very grateful to TL and Harriet and the rest of the great gang at Hands Across the Sea for their passion and determination to raise literacy levels in the Caribbean. I am so privileged to be watching this be accomplished first hand.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands Across the Sea has been instrumental in the development of the library at the Bonne Terre Preparatory School in St. Lucia. The donation the school received last year more than doubled what had previously been in the library. The quality non fiction books that were included has had tremendous impact on the reading interest of especially the boys in the school. Literacy is alive and well at Bonne Terre Prep thanks to Hands Across the 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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I work as a Peace Corps volunteer in St. Vincent, and this organization is utilized by MANY of the volunteers serving in the Eastern Caribbean. My secondary school's library sorely needed appropriate books geared towards Caribbean adolescents, and Hands Across the Sea delivered with great books that lured struggling readers into our library. We now have far more books being borrowed by a wider range of students. On the behalf of the staff and students at St. Clair Dacon Secondary, THANK YOU!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands Across the Sea Inc came to the assistance of the Dominica Community High School when it was most needed. The school is a government-assisted school which relies very heavily on the kind of sponsorship and concern which are characteristic of this non-profit organisation. The school supplies have reduced our expenditure in that area of need and the readership's interest has improved much to our delight because of the increased of our book stock.
The latter formed part of our goals in our School Development Plan and we are pleased to announce our success in attaining them.
Please note that the island is the Commonwealth of Dominica (DA not DR)- The Nature Island . I am Dominica! Are you?
Celia Nicholas
Principal

 
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