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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

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!

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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!

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hats off to Hands Across The Sea for their invaluable contributions towards our library. The books are a good source of information and are easy to read. The print is suitable for the various ages. The Science books are exactly what we are teaching on the curriculum and are great resource materials for teachers and students alike. Every term, students are awarded prizes for reading ten or more books. Grade Six students will be given their awards at our Graduation Ceremony. The Librarians have willingly consented to sharing their breaks and lunch periods with the students to allow them to read during these sessions. Our Library also invites our nearby Nursery and Pre-School children to have their sessions of storytelling. During the Easter Vacation a Reading Camp is conducted where we seek to encourage our slow readers to become better at it. Some teachers have to compete with students because they find it difficult to part with their library books while in class. The different genres of books have caused the boys interest to increase. Thanks to Hands Across The Sea the Library is more appealing, unforgettable and thrilling. The Library has now exceeded all expectations because of our partnership with Hands Across The Sea.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea donated over 600 books to the primary school I work at. These new materials allowed the school to open a library and let students check out books. The students are excited to come to the library and pick out books. Many students have never had books of their own, so Hands has let them explore their love of reading and succeed in school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Lorraine Frederick Belle, I'm the principal of the Salybia Primary School. My school has been the recipient of books and other library resources from Hands Across the Sea for a few years now and we are indeed grateful. These donations to our library has not gone to waste, the students have become much more interested in visiting the library as the books are of a wide variety and very much in their interests. The boys in particular have taken a keen interest in reading and spending time in the library. The infants absolutely love the new look of the library and are always excited to go there.
The teachers have also found the reference section to be very beneficial to their teaching which they refer to as guides and additional learning materials for delivering lessons.
Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to say thank you to Hands Across the Sea for your commitment to help us and thereby assisting our students to be more literate and enthusiastic about reading.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Ivana and I helped Lisa from Hands across the Sea in Antigua to raise funds to repaint non funcioning library in Five Island school. It was amazing to see people coming together. Children, parents, us volunteers..Now couple months later, library is fully functioning with a librarian, who helps children with reading and looks after books. Its a true inspiration to see children being interested in reading through the help of the libraries, because literacy skills within Carribean islands especially the smaller ones is quite low. My hearfelt thank you goes to Hands across the Sea ,for allowing me to take part in their amazing project, for bringing community together, for truly making difference in peoples lives. And I am hoping to take part in future projects. There is still so much, that can be done to support children education and their natural curiosity. Thank you Harriet and Lisa.

Client Served

Rating: 4


The tremendous work being done by this organisation has a positive impact on the staff and students of the school. The donation of updated books created an atmosphere where students engage daily basis with books. This is quite a change! The library was once a closed up room with obsolete materials, not frequently visited by staff and students. Today, students borrow books and spend time reading current/relevant material in and out of the library. Great Job!