Hands Across The Sea, Inc.

Rating: 4.83 stars   180 reviews

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: 5 stars  

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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  

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

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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  

1 person found this review helpful

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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1 person found this review helpful

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  

1 person found this review helpful

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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