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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Libraries, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

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

Programs: In 2014, hands across the sea, inc. 's caribbean literacy and school support (class) program shipped over 39,400 new books, 60 boxes of school resources, and 12 sets of metal library shelving to 107 schools, libraries, reading programs and youth centers in antigua, st. Kitts and nevis, dominica, st. Lucia, st. Vincent and the grenadines and grenada. Over 25,000 students benefitted from new library books to read and classroom resources that their teachers requested.

Community Stories

118 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Roxann B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Olivia6

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across The Sea has a great passion for literacy. I love their enthusiasm, their dedication and their willingness to assist schools with their library programmes. As a non-profit organization you are doing an excellent job in partnering with schools to raise the literacy levels of students across the Caribbean.

We, the principal, staff and students of the C. W. Prescod Primary School are grateful for your contribution and look forward to your assistance in enhancing our library programme.

Thank you! Thank You!

Client Served

Rating: 4

The programme for Adolescent Mothers in Grenada extend their greatest thanks to Hands Across the Sea for their wonderful support and kind donation of books, stationery and toys to the young mothers. these gifts were greatly appreciated by the students and staff of the programme.

Once again much thanks to Hands Across the Sea!

Shar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Hands Across The Sea. Thank you so very much for the passion and devotion you have shown to the staff and students of the Piaye Combined School and St,Lucia at large. Piaye Combined will remain forever grateful to this amazing organization. You have not only donated books and school supplies but you have certainly changed the educational landscape of my students and provided them with richer and deeper learning experiences. Thank you so much for giving of yourselves.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea- An Organisation of Inspiration and Hope.

Mr and Mrs Linskey are true champions in the cause of our children's educational development. We are extremely grateful for the many donations made to the Piaye Combined School and the many linkages and partnerships we have established as a result of this organization. Through their efforts, the students of the Piaye Combined School have been ushered into a new dimension of their future which will certainly change the course of their lives forever.

The notable and eminent clinical psychologist, teacher and child therapist Haim Ginott asserts “I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.”

And if Hands Across the Sea were to ever meet Dr. Ginott and he were to ask them, were you a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, We the staff and students of the Piaye Combined School would hasten to say, they most definitely were an instrument of inspiration.”

That's what you have been to us, an instrument of inspiration and hope. Thank you from all of our hearts-

Sharon McDonald -Piaye Combined


Client Served

Rating: 5

Greetings from Stephanie Browne Primary |School ,Clifton, Union Island, a little Island in the Grenadines.
Since Hands visited us about five years ago our school has seen a great improvement in our Library resource and thus a significant improvement in students reading levels. The interest showed by Hands Across the Seas in our children's development is greatly appreciated by our parents, staff and students.
Hands has has shown what it really means to make an impact to humanity.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Sea has identified with Jungle Bay Resort and Spa's Open Book Open Mind Program to enhance the Literacy Program at the Petite Savanne Primary School here in Dominica. Hands has cotinued to supply the type of pupil friendly books that has kept our pupils reading. THANK YOU HANDS and all involed in this wonderful venture,we are seeing the impact.

Oliver Samuel
Principal

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Client Served

Rating: 3

Hands Across the Sea has joined with Open Books Open Minds to supply books to the school library at Petite Savanne Primary a developing school in Dominica. We have received books from hands across the sea and I want to say "Hats Off" to them for the selection. This library initiative has indeed boosted pupils' reading. They read more and they read better. The 2011 National Assessment results revealed that 100% of our Grade 2 & 4 pupils were reading at or above class level. this made us very proud and I attribute alot of this tothe functioning library at school.

2 Sandra60

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, we are the Staff and Students of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School located in Dominica. We were one of the first Secondary Schools which was adopted and loved by this wonderful and dedicated organisation.

Prior to Hands' generous and overwhelming contributions, our school's library contained only out-dated books and very few resources. Additionally, the room required a complete make-over. We saw no light at the end of the tunnel.

Thankfully however, through Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Bardouille we were introduced to the "Hands Family." From that day forward, our partnership has continued to blossom.

We came from literally nothing to a completely new Literacy Centre and a refurbished Library with attractive, exciting, updated and meaningful fiction and non-fiction books. We worked tirelessly through summers and other holidays with Harriet and Tom as our ever- guiding earthly angels.

Our school will never forget your generosity, patience, kindness, sponsorship and hard work.

Presently, our reading population has improved significantly and our students simply love to visit both the library and literacy centre.

We can never say thank you enough to the Board of directors, volunteers and Tom and Harriet. Know that we will be eternally grateful.

And any school or institution who partners with "Hands Across the Sea" indeed, they are in great hands.

Sandra Roberts on behalf of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School.