Hands Across the Sea, Inc.

Rating: 4.81 stars   203 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
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Rating: 5 stars  

My school, The Stephanie Browne Primary, has been visited by Hariette and John Linsky of hands Across the Seas in Union Island , St.Vincent and The Grenadines since 2005. Since then we have received donations of books and school supplies from hands.

It is great to have donations of supplies and heartwarming when those who donate visit us. Great job Harriette and John.

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  

As the Teacher Librarian at the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School, Nevis West Indies words cannot express my thanks to Hands Across the Sea (New Bedford, MA) for their help in assisting our school achieve its goal of having a State of the Art Library on the island. There contribution of books, cds and posters over the past five (5) years has greatly benifited our school, students are elatated to visit the library and read the books we have received. This year we were presented with the, "Hands Across the Sea Literacy Award 2013," this far exceeded our expectation. The pricipal,teachers,students and myself will continue to pray for the members and supporters of Hands Across the Sea that God will continue to bless them, as they assist not only our school but extent their love to others in the caribbean and the island of Nevis.

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands Across The Sea has helped us at the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School on Nevis West Indies for the past five and a half (5 1/2) years in a very positive way. Not only for the students but also for the teachers as well. We appreciate all that you have done and we do hope to continue partnering with you in the future. Thank you very much. You are doing an excellent job. Continue helping and shaping the minds of our youth.

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

School libraries in St. Kitts-Nevis have been at the implementation stage for more than five years. Undoubtedly, one of the challenges faced by these schools, including Saddlers Secondary School, is that of lack of funding which is needed for the acquisition of information resources. Saddlers Secondary School was officially opened in May of this year with a collection of less than 800 to serve approximately 205 students. Shortly after, I learnt of Hands Across the Sea when the school was invited by the organization to apply for the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Grant (which was secured in the form of over 400 books). Since then, through the Hands Across the Sea Website, I have familiarized myself with the goals of and the invaluable work done by this organization. Indeed, I am impressed! Accordingly, I am thrilled to add to the commendation of this non-profit organization for its outstanding work in helping to ultimately raise not only the literacy levels of our students at the Saddlers Secondary School, but also that of a significant number of students and adults throughout the Caribbean. Well done Harriet and Tom Linskey and the entire Hands Across the Sea team! (Librarian, Saddlers Secondary School)

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Your generous donation of books- fiction and non-fiction has benefitted everyone at my school. Thanks for making a difference in literacy. The students were very excited about receiving the books. Staff was able to osganise a class library for every grade. Thanks a million for this BIG BIG contirbution. God bless all in this superb organisation Poleon

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?

2012

 
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Your kind donation of books has help us to start a library which is benefiting the school population, teachers, pupils and the community by extension. Our slow learners are getting the chance to read selected book according to the level and has seen marked improvement in their performance. The donation of stationery like markers, tape,scissors , pencils etc. has made our job as teachers easier to assist the pupils who have been place in our care in these hard economic period. HAND ACROSS THE SEA is well deserving of a five star rating from not only my staff and students but also from the parents visitors and the wider community. Joslyn Augustus, Principal Corinth Government School Grenada

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands Across the Sea is an amazing organization. I have had the privilege of working with them for the last 3 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, working at a Primary School in Grenada. Through Hands Across the Sea, we were able to receive some much-needed books and school supplies. Tom, Harriet, and the rest of their staff work dilgently with PCVs and school staff to ensure that the needs of the school are met. It is clear that everyone on the staff at HAS has a passion for improving literacy in the Caribbean. The staff work alongside PCVs and school staff, each step of the way- helping to create specific wish lists, assisting with fundraising stateside, shipping down materials and assisting with delivery, creating thank you notes for donors, doing follow-up visits to Caribbean schools to ensure that schools are happy with their donations and able to utilize the materials, etc. Literacy and the availabilty of good reading materials is a big issue in the Caribbean. Most of the children at my rural school in Grenada would not have had access to reading books at all if it had not been for Hands Across the Sea. I'd like to share an anecdote that really shows how much these kids love the books they've received. Most of the children in my school love the library (which I created from the HAS donations) and are constantly asking to come in at lunch time or after school to read books and play games. However, there's a boy in Grade 6, who is without a doubt the All-Star of the library. Everyday, he takes home a new book (or two) and has it read by the next morning. In class, he's known to be reading during lessons with his book secretly tucked under the desk. Lunchtime, breaktime, after school, you can find him seated quietly in the library, completely engrossed in a book and oblivious to everything going on around him. On my last day at the school, they had a special good-bye assembly for me. As part of the assembly, students were given an opportunity to share a memory with the staff and students about my time at the school. A lot of students came up and thanked me for the library. Then our Library All-Star stepped up on the stage, took the mike, and looked at me. Tears started streaming from his eyes as he thanked me for the library and all of the books. The courage it took for this boy to get up in front of all his peers, thank me for the books and shed tears of gratitude really made it drive home how much the books have made a difference in these kids lives. We never could have done it without 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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Peace Corps Volunteer living and working in Grenada, a small island in the Eastern Caribbean. I had the privilege of working with Hands Across the Sea this past year. I had requested books for 2 of my worksites- the Roving Caregivers Programme and Corinth Government Primary School. I realized that I was probably asking a lot but put the request in anyhow. To my surprise, and the delight of 200 school children, seventeen boxes of books were donated to my organizations. Not only were these free books we were receiving...but they were free books, in great condition that were catered to the requested age and subject levels. Harriet and T.L also worked closely with us to ensure that all books were delivered safely and accounted for. Everything went perfectly and the kids loved the books, which Harriet and T.L. were able to see when they came to visit the school a few months ago. While visiting, they offered helpful tips about how to set up a school library (which were appreciated since I have never undertaken a project like this before) and volunteered to come help (and recruit fellow boaters) in the monotonous task of tagging books. I can honestly say that Hands Across the Sea does great work and I don't have a single complaint. The books they donated have had a huge impact on the kids at my school and the kids are incredibly excited to have books at their disposal. I am looking forward to working with Hands Across the Sea again in the near future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday work. In the Caribbean, especially in rural villages like mine, most children donot own books because they are very expensive down here. In addition, most schools do not have libraries for the same reason. As a result, many children do not have an opportunity to read books (other than textbooks) for fun and often struggle with reading. Hands Across the Sea works to address a great need in the Caribbean.

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

not change a thing...in complete honesty

 
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I became aware of the awesome work of “Hands Across the Seas” organization just over a years ago through a peace Corp Volunteer who I was working with at that time. I was so very amazed at the number of schools and organizations that they were helping in such practical and significant ways to help promote literacy across the region. I became very excited about this news as I had myself with the aid of community and Peace Corp volunteers to run a reading programme in my community and needed some support.
At a time when the government of poor countries like Grenada simple does not have the resources to invest in programmes that are absolutely necessary for the development of their societies. This organization is providing invaluable support thus allowing organizations like ours “Proactive Nation Builders” to continue achieving its goals.
When I contacted Hands Across the Seas I remember having the feeling that this organization really cares. Even though they were not able to commit to helping us that year I was sure that they would do it as soon as they could. To our greatest delight they kept in contact with us always finding out how we were doing and what our needs were. Two of our main goals are to help raise the academic standard which our kids are now performing at by identifying high achieving students at the top of the class and those struggling at the bottom of the grade six classes throughout our school district. Both of these groups are in need of added attention to help them achieve academic success. Our second goal is the promotion of cultural awareness and preservation.
Their support is making a world of difference in what we are trying to do. They share our vision for education in our county and region. By providing our schools and organizations with the tools they need to effectively do their work they are empowering volunteers like me to make our countries a much better place.

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

Some

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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Rating: 5 stars  

For the past three years, Hands Across the Seas has donated boxes of books, crayons, paints, glues and other items to Grenada Roving Caregivers Programme. Through their donations we were able to start our library and a community reading programme for young children. We are extremely thankful and pray that everyone will see their good works. Keep on Serving!

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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Thank God for Hands across the Sea! Only the good Lord could have guided such wonderful people to act as angels and bring glad tidings to others. Harriet and TL , you are the best! These two dynamos have assisted us at Roseau Primary, Dominica, in so many ways. Our kitchen supplies, painting our cafeteria to make it conducive for eating, the books for our library, a special book collection for boys, assisting in our Princess shows and until recently, ensuring that our food programme continues to feed our entire school population everyday.. all 154 of our students! What more can I say but thanks, thanks, thanks. You have kept our head above the water and we applaud your efforts. Your generosity will not be forgotten. May you all be blessed always as you try to help the less fortunate. Keep up the good work angels! We love you!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands across the sea has been a blessing to us at our school.The reading material we have received, school supplies and even the kitchen utensils to help us feed our 140 students everyday is something worthy of mention.
Our volunteers have been very helpful. They have participated in most of our school activities, always willing to assist wherever possible, even in serving lunch to ourstudents . We have also received assistance from them for tiling our cafeteria floor. Harriet and her husband have been our angels on earth and we need to thank wholeheartedly the saints who sent them on their journey.
Thanks to all donors of Hands across the Sea, you've been a great team! keep up the good work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our reading programs at school.

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

Not change a thing, just continue the good work.

 
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