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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 Eastern Caribbean communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25,000+ students at 100+ schools

Geographic areas served: Eastern Caribbean

Programs: Hands Across the Sea's Caribbean Literacy and School Support (CLASS) Program has shipped over 265,170 new amazing books to 422 primary and secondary schools and libraries on Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada, giving 74,000 children access to age-appropriate, culturally- appropriate top-quality reading material.

Community Stories

221 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea,Inc and its staff are perfect examples of angels in disguise. I came in contact with this organization at my former secondary school (Isaiah Thomas Secondary School) to which they donated new books, library and teaching materials, a literacy room and a renovated library. But this was not the end of their generosity.

I also came in contact with and was impacted by Hands Across the Sea in my community and in my personal life. They reached out to a newly developed library in my community (Mahaut) to which they donated new books that I use to host an after-school homework and tutoring program. While, this organization has help me personally by providing the mentorship, guidance and support that I needed in preparation for higher level education.Because of this and many more, I am deeply grateful to Hands Across the sea and its staff.

A few qualities that make this organization and its staff outstanding are compassion and passion mingled with kindness and love.They are heroes I celebrate from my heart who deserve a global applause.

Thank you so much Hands Across the Sea, Inc and staff. You are one-in-a-million.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands across the Sea has impacted my former school (Isaiah Thomas Secondary School) tremendously. This organization have donated a grand supply of books to our school library and as a result of their hard work, love and dedication we have a great school literacy room. Students are now able to access all sorts of books from the center. Thank you very much for such an opportunity, for such a joy and privilege to read books we have never seen before. Keep on your good work!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hands across the sea is a generous non profit organization committed to raising literacy in the schools of the Caribbean. This organization has assisted a wide number of schools and libraries including the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School in Dominica. They shipped new books, boxes of school resources, new shelving and paint which attracted a lot of new readers to the library. Thanks hands across the sea for the kindness, the donations and the time given. It was greatly appreciated the time and help given was the most thoughtful gift of all.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for the contribution of the literacy center at the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School in Dominica. The literary center renewed my interest in reading!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands across the sea is a very good organisation . It is very exciting to see happy faces of students , exchanging books and helping each other. Many schools has benefited from this organisation and we are very thankful. Countinue doing the good work that you all do and god bless you all.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello everyone,
We at the Atkinson Primary School have been benefiting immensely over the past years from Hands Across The sea. They make large donations of books and library supplies to improve child literacy at our school.
The students always look forward to their visit to the library to do research and to read for fun. Most of the Science books that were sent assist the students to complete research and projects on topics such as the digestive system, magnetism, heat, light etc. Students are more enthusiastic about reading and the importance of books to their education.
Some of the books received in November of 2015 include; Its Alive (10), Myths and Legends (6), Dinosaurs (2), Games,Sports and Festivals(2), The Respiratory System ( 2), Books on Bullying, Earth, Technology, Light, Force and Motion, Heat, Sound, Magnetism, Cells and Organ Systems, Inventions, Stronger Faster Better (4).
I would to say thank you on behalf of the staff and students of my school for the donations of books and other supplies which you continue to make. Thank you for the support and we look forward to a continued collaboration in our efforts to raise child literacy levels at our school.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Peace Corps Volunteer serving on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Hands Across the Sea has been an integral resource and support for my service. Without their immense donation of literacy supplies, books, materials, and informational resources my school would not have a functional library or remedial resources for struggling resources. Having leveled, Caribbean specific, and brand new books, games, lesson materials, and support has helped increase the literacy rates and print awareness within the school community. We look forward to working with them in the future, and their continued work in highlighting the needs of struggling Caribbean students, and providing excellent support.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The incredible contribution from Hands across the Sea to Eastern Caribbean literacy is beyond measurement. As a Peace Corps volunteer in rural St. Vincent, the new books, hand picked to meet our wish list requests are a delight to students and teachers alike. Students are eager to read the books and those on the waiting list are likely to prompt the others to be sure the most popular books are returned in a week! The teaching aids are valuable as well to assist our struggling learners with basic skills. Reading is indeed the gift of a lifetime and I cannot say enough about the fabulous work of this group!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has been a phenomenal organization to partner with. As a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in a rural fishing village of St. Lucia, part of my assignment was to build up the local school library. There was no existing library when I arrived, and Hands Across the Sea played a critical part in helping us obtain new books, teacher resources, and library materials to get the library off the ground. The organization was so thoughtful to send books that were culturally relevant and interesting to the students -- you could tell they really spent time and effort picking books that would appeal to the children here. Throughout the process of setting up the library, Hands Across the Sea was continuously supportive in providing advice and guidance for how to sort books, train student library leaders, and plan activities to encourage reading. Additionally, the organization was always so responsive to email inquiries and helpful in providing solutions. Our library has been up and running for almost a year now, and it would not have been possible without Hands Across the Sea! All of the teachers, staff, and students are incredibly grateful. We hope to continue working with Hands Across the Sea for many years to come!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea is a very generous organisation that focuses on the development of literacy levels of our students. We were very elated to receive books from a variety of genres. Our students are now avid readers! Thank you Hands Across the Sea!