Hands Across the Sea, Inc.

Rating: 4.81 stars   205 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

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

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Reviews for Hands Across the Sea, Inc.

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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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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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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1 person found this review helpful

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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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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