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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

227 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Avemaria

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Cane End Gov't School on the beautiful island of St.Vincent and the Grenadines has benefited immensely from the partnership with Hands Across the Sea. This organisation is the first ever overseas donor that I can recall, to contribute brand new books to our school.The books and other related materials have really helped to boost our literacy drive. We are especially elated about the leveled readers .The challenged readers have now joined their independent peers in seeking out the new adventures that can be found in our school library, as there is a book to match each reader's interest and level. Kudos to Hands Across the Sea.You have turned our nightmare into a DREAM come true.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hats off to Hands Across the Sea!
This organization is responsible for the excitement in reading at the Cane End Government School. We are grateful to Hands Across the Sea for the more than generous contributions to our school library and in fact our Literacy program in general.What makes Hands stand out among all other donors is that they are the only ones who have ever donated brand new books.We are happy to have this team of dedicated men and women as partners in Literacy.We value this partnership !

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Saltibus Combined School is grateful to Hands Across the Sea for their generous donation of an assortment of books. This has catalyzed the development of a more positive attitude towards reading in students. Pupils are always excited to engage in
both efferent and aesthetic reading. The books are captivating and culturally relevant and students are always eager to dive into them. We look forward to receiving more books to enrich our school's library. A hearty thanks to you Hands Across the Sea.

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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!

Gale B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hands Across The Sea is an organization which donates reading material to schools in Antigua. Their contribution to the Five Islands Primary School has encouraged our students in their quest for knowledge. The children are excited that they have such easy access to books that they come back week after week. Thanks for your contribution LIBRARIAN GALE BARTHLEY Five Islands Primary School St. John's Antigua

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands across the sea is one of the greatest organization I've gotten to known .They've donated a lot to the Willikies primary school library in ST John's Antigua, giving each child a chance to have wide variety of books at their fingertips, they are indeed forever in our hearts and hope they'll keep it up.Thank you HANDS ACROSS THE SEA.
BARBARA MARTIN .Librarian at Willikies primary school in Antigua.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Irene B. Williams Secondary School is indeed grateful to Hands Across the Sea for their invaluable support to our Library. Your donations and support especially through your frequent visits by your representative is greatly appreciated. Thank you Hands Across the Sea. We look forward to your continued support.

C. Weaver - Teacher Librarian
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Client Served

Rating: 4

The staff and students of the Jennings Primary School would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the generous Hands Across the Sea donors for books donated to our school library. This donation has enabled us for the first time to have a school library to help in fostering a love of reading and raise the literacy level of our students. Once again, thank you most graciously for this timely and much needed donation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer I was able to go on a mission trip in support of Hands Across the Sea. After spending a week in Saint Vincent refurbishing libraries, painting murals and of course delivering brand new books, I can say that this nonprofit is truly making a wonderful impact on the lives of so many people in the Eastern Caribbean. I am grateful for this experience and grateful for Hands Across the Sea.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has been very generous and encouraging to us at the Pierre Charles Secondary School in Dominica. Their personnel gave us great ideas as to how to attract students to the library. We used these to refurbish the library by repainting the walls and displaying the books that they lavished on us in an eye-catching manner. Today, the library is a warm and welcoming environment.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea is an excellent organization. This organization has helped to improve our school library, provided a stipend to the librarian and supplied interesting books to boost our students self esteem and to provide important new skills.
The King School Series was one of the series incorporated into the grades K and 1 curriculum with the aim to foster reading.The books were deemed well graded, the topics relevant and the pictures very attractive. Target words were easily tracked and enhanced progression from one level to the next. Students were enthusiastic and could not wait to exchange books.
Reading became a fun-filled affair rather than a chore. Students also got individual satisfaction of knowing they could read a book and seeing the numbers of books they checked out increased.
The Bagatelle Primary School endorses Hands Across the Sea as a leading partner in the development of literacy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear friends,
I am Aurelia Benjamin, principal of the Coulibistrie Primary School in Dominica. I have been working with Celia Sorhaindo, a member of Hands Across the Sea.She has been very helpful in supplying books to our school. When we suffered severe damage to our school resources due to Tropical Storm Erica she and her friends came across to help us clean up.When every where was cleaned, Celia brought boxes of books to our school. Our children are enjoying reading those books and are comforted by this act of concern and kindness. This is all because of Hands Across the Sea.We are so very grateful for this.We look forward to your continued support and assistance.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a former peace corps volunteer, I returned to Bequia, St. Vincent for a reunion. I was delighted to connect with the volunteers for Hands Across the Sea. I was able to spend a day at the Paget Farm Gov't School and view their hard work in creating a new library for the students with the support of Hands Across the Sea. The pure delight and excitement in the children- as they shared their new wonderful library brought tears to my eyes. This is an excellent non profit doing real good in a part of the world often overlooked, but with tremendous need. There are very few books in their school and this new secure library is a real gift.