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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

256 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Bendals Primary School salutes Tom and Harriet Linskey of Hands Across The Sea for their donation of books and more to our school's Library. Our students can borrow books and be transported all over the world through your generous donation. Thank you for giving to the Lord .

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Hands across the sea has assisted our Library program in St. Kitts greatly. Being the Chief Librarian on the island it is my duty to visit all schools to assist with the library programs. Our children are more eager to read and be a part of the school libraries now. The additions to the collection made by Hands across the sea are very current. The students can relate to these titles more therefore circulation of materials in the school libraries are on a rise. I take this opportunity to express thanks to this group and will continue to support and encourage as we move forward.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Rose Hall Government School is a rural primary school located in the farming village of Rose Hall. We are one of the recipients of your generous donation of books. The books that we received from you are placed in our library to improve our collection of books. Not only are these books useful to enhance literacy in our school, but they have been very useful to our students in the preparation of their book report as well as for the purpose of research and general reading practice. Our students are in a better position to read widely. As a result, our students are very excited with the wide selection of books to choose from. We have seen an improvement in the reading ability of our students. Therefore, on the behalf of our Literacy Coordinator, Mr. Noland Allen, the rest of the staff and students of the Rose Hall Government School, I would like to express our sincere appreciation for this donation of books from your organization and to reassure you that all books are put to good use.

Jennis Cyrus-Lewis (Mrs.)
Principal

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'd heard about Hands Across the Sea before but I didn't interact with them until earlier this school year. Well, my personal encounter with them was simply wonderful and beneficial.
Working with struggling readers is always challenging. Also, it is often difficult to find interesting material for them to read as well as teaching/learning resources to enhance the learning process. The challenge of finding age appropriate material increases when the struggling reader is in the secondary school.
Thanks to Hands Across the Sea and its generous gift of reading material and teaching/learning games and activities, the students in the Learning Support Department at CEMSS were better able to understand the various Reading skills they were exposed to.
We look forward to an even closer working relationship in the upcoming school year and beyond as we work diligently to improve literacy and the love of reading in our students.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The students of the AllSaints Secondary school in Antigua and Barbuda, excitedly received books donated by Hands Across the Sea. They immediately checked out books and kept showing their gratitude by helping the librarian process the books. Everyday they ask when they will receive more. Its amazing to see these children express their love for reading. Thank you Hands Across the Sea from the entire AllSaints Secondary School family.

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a recipient, the Barrouallie Government School is grateful for the donation of books received. The donation received was quite timely and the books are suited for the cognitive levels of the students. The sizes of the books are ideal and certainly there are books to meet the needs of our boys; books that appeal to their interest. These books have certainly enhanced our literacy/library resources and we are grateful since its a means of improving the academic performance of our students. Thanks to Hands Across the Sea and we look forward for continued support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The students at the Clare Hall Secondary School Special Needs Department in Antigua and Barbuda benifitted from the generous donation of materials that supported their literacy development. One of the challenges was the lack of appropriate materials to adequately support the students' learning needs. The materials donated were timely, appropriate and meaningful since the students were able to read and manipulate the materials provided. The school is very grateful, and look forward to continued support from Hands Across the Sea and its donors to assist the students in Antigua and Barbuda.

Thank You!

Bolans

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has been a blessing to the staff and students of S.R.Olivia David Primary School in Bolans Village Antigua.
After meeting with Lisa initially, then Tom and Hariet we were able to discuss ways of improving the aesthetics of the library as well as the quality of the materials that we had so that the library could be more attractive and inviting to students and reading abilities of students would improve.
We can truly say that our library is now more user friendly and students look forward to going on the new mats, reading and borrowing the new books that were provided by Hands Across the Sea, this great institution.
As the Principal of this school, I would like to encourage all business entities to continue to provide funding to this generous organisation so that it can continue the wonderful and worthwhile projects in the various schools throughout the Eastern Caribbean.
We look forward to a continued and lasting relationship with Hands Across the Sea.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our school received several boxes of books for the school's library. The variety of books has increased the genres the students have to choose from. This selection of appropriate children's books has sparked renewed interest and students' love for reading. The organization is very professional and organized in getting the books over to us and the quality of the books is superb. Hand Across the Sea has also ensures that the books get to us free of cost which is of tremendous benefit to us. If we had to finance this venture we would not have been able to afford it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The children of Liberta Primary are extremely fortunate to have a comfortable space to read and learn daily, due to the generous contribution of Tom, Lisa Tomlinson and all the folks at Hands across the Sea. We remain eternally grateful for the assistance they continue to provide to us and our children.

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!