Hands Across the Sea, Inc.

Rating: 4.82 stars   210 reviews

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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

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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617-320-3601
http://www.handsacrossthesea.net

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Rating: 5 stars  

We would like to thank everyone involved with Hands Across the Seas charity. We are a small primary school on a small island in the Caribbean and access and availability to books is hard.. Hands Across the Seas asked what our needs were and they were fulfilled. Today our children are enjoying these beautiful books. Without this charity many children would be without this essential need. Thank you Hands Across the Seas!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Des Barras Combined School

We are a small rural school. The library was filled with books from the 70s to 90's. Student interest in reading was low and the library was a place of stored books.

Since the injection of brand new books from hands across the sea, the library has new life breathed into it. The students read more often, borrow more frequently and visit the library during their free time.

Students who would not normally take books have developed reading habits. Thanks Hands Across the Sea. You have changed the lives of our kids.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I write on behalf of the Ave Maria Girls' Primary School to say that after receiving books for our library our girls always look forward eagerly to visit the school library to read all the exciting books in the library. The library was transformed into a learning experience for our girls and teachers. We do thank Hands across the Sea for their generosity and we look forward into receiving more books for our library.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands Across The Sea have helped us at the George Charles Secondary School, St. Lucia to revitalize our crusty old library, previously filled with dusty second-hand tomes - thanks to their generosity and the enthusiastic assistance offered by their local representative, we now have fresh, bright, attractive and inspiring new titles.

Children come to our school, for the most part, with significant literacy challenges - books and reading are not their friends - the new library is helping to change these attitudes and will be an invaluable resource in the efforts we make to improve the prospects of the students in our care.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am writing on behalf of the Pares Secondary School in Antigua. Hands Across the Seas have given two donations to our school and we are very grateful to the Linkseys for choosing us. The books include a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, catering for both students and teachers. Included also, were specially selected books for younger readers and those with special reading needs.
As the resident Teacher/Librarian at the school; I have observed that the School's reading population have increased greatly, as students enjoy coming to browse or borrow books which hold their varied interests. I admire the passion and commitment from the Linkseys and wish them continued success as they endeavor to increase literacy in schools which make up the Caribbean.

Stephanie D. Caesar-Maxime

 
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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  

The Soufriere Primary School found on the south-western coast of Saint Lucia in the West Indies is eternally grateful to Hands Across The Sea who has been one of our school’s greatest supporters of books and literacy. They have helped us tremendously with the quantity and quality of books in our library. Blessedly; their advice is not just limited to books but they have shared with us various ways in which we could make our library more fun and interesting for our students. They have continuously provided us with supplementary texts and activity books which have been widely used in our delivery of instruction. We are very appreciative of their assistance and thank them immensely for always considering our school and students. Thanks a million! Continue the good deeds Hands Across The Sea!

 
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Rating: 3 stars  

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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  

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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: 4 stars  

4 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  

Nothing but praise for Hands Across the Sea!--With the books and library materials donated by Hands Across the Sea here in Grenada, my primary school was able to set up it's first school library. The impact of finally having a space where students can read and explore the world of literacy at their own pace cannot be overemphasized. The Hands' Library Manual was incredibly useful in getting the library up and running, and the books donated by Hands were both relevant and interesting for my students. It's been a pleasure partnering with Hands Across the Sea, thank you!

 
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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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