Hands Across The Sea, Inc.

Rating: 4.84 stars   172 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am the principal of the Castle Bruce Secondary School in Dominica. Our students had the desire to read but the books in our library were outdated and not student friendly. Some of these books were not even at our students level or within their experiential background- just irrelevant. In addition the room in which we kept the books was a wooden house which was slowly deteriorating. I used to hold my head and wonder what to do. There was a hole in the floor. Students still came to check for books in spite of the limitations.Then the Lord sent the Hands Across the sea to my rescue.
We got beautiful, new, colorful, relevant, age-level friendly books for our library. Not only did we get books but our library was also repaired and painted and Hands Across the sea gave us an air condition unit. My goodness, this is by far the best thing that has happened at our school in the last five years. There are no words to describe what the work and donations of books by Hands Across the sea mean to us. It is just too good to be true. Thank you Hands across the Sea and we look forward to your continued support.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes yet. if it is good why fix it?

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Altruistic, munificent, and benevolent are three of the words that the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School - Campus A family find fitting to describe the magnificent work of Hands Across the Sea, Inc.

The donation of over three hundred books that we received from the organisation in 2012 (through the efforts of peace corps volunteer, Adam Wohlman) has enhanced the literacy programme at our school; the students absolutely love the latest additions of fiction and non fiction books.

We are also elated to have won the Hands Across the Sea Literacy Award in March of this year (2014). This award is accompanied by US$1000 worth of new and exciting books which the students eagerly await.

We commend Hands Across the Sea Inc and wish to make special mention of Harriet, Tom and Colin. We are extremely grateful for their interest and commitment in developing the literacy skills of the Caribbean's children.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea from Dr. Cadelia Ambrose (Principal), the staff and students of Vieux Fort Comprehensive - Campus A.


Jeanne Lawrence
Learning Resource Center Manager
Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School
Campus A
Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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The Principal, Staff and students of the Beach Allen Primary School in St. Kitts-Nevis, have welcomed the intervention of Hands Across the Sea in the restructuring of our school's library. Our school had just refurbished the library and had received books from another donor when Hands Across the Sea came and shared great ideas on structuring.

They did not just share but also provided some materials for cataloging our books and making it more simplified for the Librarian and students. They also gave us some of the Hardy Boys and Enid Blyton Series to add to our collection.

We are indeed grateful for their timely intervention and contribution. We pray God's blessings on all the volunteers and partners as they seek to educate our world's children; as only through literacy we can become reasonable citizens and make them better people.

Kudos to the organizers continue your good work. Keep the faith; because faith without good work is dead and good work without faith is just O because God is not in it.

Be blessed!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change the current format which has been in operation for some time now. They have established friendship links in most of the territories they have visited and I believe that such will keep the candle burning.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Principal, Staff and students of the Fancy Government School, St. Vincent and the Grenadines would like to say a hearty thank you to Hands across the sea for the donations they have made to us.
They have donated a wide range of reading material that caters to the needs of all the pupils from the slow readers to the independent readers. They have also given us some information on how to set up a school library and promised to donate more books in the future.
What they are doing is a very worthwhile venture as reading is an integral part of the school. If children cannot read then they cannot do the other subject area properly.
we are therefore thankful for the worthy venture.

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2 people found this review helpful

Hands Across the Sea is an amazing group who have done wonderful thing for school libraries on my Island, Nevis. They listen and try as much as possible to get books that meet the students needs and the librarians requests. They always give books in excellent condition with relevant content. We on Nevis are truly grateful to Hands Across the Sea for the generous donations to school libraries over the year.........We pray Gods Guidance on them as the continue to do their best to improve literacy in the region.

Thanks
Londa Brown
Librarian

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Maybe to expand their work into other literacies .....I.e. Computer literacy.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is with grateful hearts we at Victoria School for Special Education say thank you to Hands Across the Sea for an invaluable supply of books contributed to our school. Our students are still enthusiastic and cannot wait for their scheduled reading period to delve into those exciting stories with their teachers and peers.

We were able to start our school library with the supply of books. Through the efforts of Hands Across the Sea, Literacy has improved at our institution.

THANK YOU HANDS ACROSS THE SEA!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We are immensely and eternally thankful for the assistance of books for the commencement of our reading project at Babonneau Secondary School. Hands Across the Sea also made it possible for us to obtain classroom cupboards for our classroom libraries.

I am extremely impressed with the alacrity with which our request was met. Moreover, we are certain that Hands Across the Sea has changed the literacy awareness at our school and also students' interests in books. Our students are very enthused about the classroom libraries and they are asking for MORE BOOKS. This is truly remarkable and an immeasurable progress towards making our students and country more literate.

We thank the wonderful team at Hands Across the Sea for changing our lives and we look for further assistance to complete our classroom library reading project.

Our gratitude is BOUNDLESS! THANK YOU.

Mrs. Rosemond-Alphonse
Teacher
Babonneau Secondary School
St. Lucia

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Rating: 4 stars  

Hands across the sea has literally throw us here at the Charles E.Mills Secondary School a life line, just in the nick of time. A time where our library was on the brink of going dormant.This library saver approached us and has revamped our school's library by generously donating books that the students and staff can't seem to get enough of.Our library membership has grown tremendously since we received the shipment of books from this nonprofit organization.Today we can proudly boast that we now have a functioning library that serves students of all academic abilities and teachers.Some students have even asked about getting more books as they have read majority of the supply that was sent to us,and for us here at the Charles E.Mills Secondary School is a big plus .It simply means that our students are reading and enjoying it.
Once again we are so thankful for the immeasurable donation

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

Hands Across the Sea has played a major role in the reopening of The Anglican High School Library (Grenada).When we approached as possible recipients of a shipment of books, the space available to house the library was used as a store room for the materials from the science labs that were destroyed by hurricane Ivan in 2004. Luckily for us though, new labs were recently constructed and were being stocked with materials stored in the library space. We were required to do one thing; transform the space with shelves. This we did in anticipation of receiving the donation of books. We immediately went to work. The space was transformed and we were ready to accept the promised gift of books.
The books finally arrived and today our library is fully functional. We have seen a renewed interest in reading. On a daily basis students are filled with excitement borrowing and reading books.
On behalf of the Principal, Staff, and Students of The Anglican High School, our profound gratitude is extended to Hands Across the Sea and other donors. Your gift is contributing to enhancing reading and literacy in general among our students.
Kim P

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2014

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Rating: 3 stars  

Hands Across the sea has been a blessing to the St.Joseph's Convent, Grenville. The immeasurable donationof books has helped the students greatly in improving their reading potential and their literacy skills.Our library was recently constructed and was in a high demand for books and thanks to your organization , wecan now boast of a resource center that can cater to the needs of our children.Thanks Hands Across the sea.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would donate more books and manpower to assist more children.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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