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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.

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298 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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.

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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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands Across The Sea has been great for my school. Check out this story I wrote for my blog: http://kuribbean.blogspot.com/2015/11/hands-across-sea.html

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The entire Cayon Primary School body expresses heart-felt thanks and appreciation to Hands Across the Sea for its donation of books. Through its effort we were also able to repaint the drawings on the walls of the library.

The students enjoy going to the library to borrow the books especially at the Grades Four and Five level since there was a shortage of books before. Thanks Hands Across the Sea for your timely donation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Gros-Islet infant School thank Hands Across the Sea for a well appreciated library. This library has developed in students an appreciation and love for books and literacy. This library has become the favourite room in the school for our students. (school library teacher volunteer)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Principal, staff, students and parents of the Estridge Primary School wish to thank Tom and Harriet Linskey and the entire Hands Across the Sea Family for the well needed donation of reading books.

Our Library has been improved and our students are enjoying the setting. The new setting allows students to read for fun, increase their imagination and sharpen reading skills.

Thank You! You have made a difference.

Ferdinand P.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The entrance of Hands into our island has been a breath of fresh air Unfortunately, many fly by night charities have entered the Grenadian culture only to fade into oblivion having failed to deliver on their stated mandate. However, Hands has served to revitalize the movement to develop literacy and by extension, reading competency, and they have been here for the long hall. The local area rep for Hands, Mrs. Olivia Phillip has been instrumental it forwarding the agenda of Hands. At times when I sit back and reflect on the effort that Hands and others like them make, and on several occasions without thanks, I am truly humbled and thankful for the labour of love, not only of Hands, but also their sponsors who work behind the scenes to ensure that our young pupils who may not be able to have access to that language rich environment are afforded the opportunity. It has been a pleasure working with this organisation and I look forward to years of continued collaboration with this noble charity.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is just awesome to partner with Hands across the Sea as we at W.H.S.S. endeavor to improve our students reading competencies. Due to the support of H. A. S. our school library has become a wonderful place where both our students and teachers can now borrow books to meet their varying needs, such as reading for pleasure and making research. Moreover, by implementing a variety of reading programmes, we are proud to report that our library patrons, both boys and girls are becoming active readers who are enthusiastic about books. It is such a pleasure to see them search for the next book in their favourite series! Without the faithful support of our partners, Hands across the sea, such literacy milestones in the lives of our students would have been far more difficult to achieve. Heartfelt thank you Hands across the sea for such a big vision to partner with us as we strive to give every student in our institution a chance to become a successful reader. May God richly bless you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a literacy specialist at a primary school in the Caribbean. Thanks to the books and other materials we received from Hands Across The Sea, we have been able to greatly improve and update our school library. The guidance in doing so was also greatly appreciated. The students, the teachers, and the community of Grand Roy all thank you greatly!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a Teacher-Librarian at a Secondary School in the Caribbean. This is my first experience with Hands Across the Sea and I am truly impressed. The books requested were all donated as well as other educational books and texts. Harriet and Tom Linskey also visited the school and gave support.

The Staff and Students of the Gingerland Secondary School in Nevis wishes to thank Hands Across the Sea and all its partners and sponsors for the good work that they are doing.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Jennings Primary School

Thank you Hands Across the Sea for helping us to bring the love of reading in focus for our students.

Aubreyann M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teacher at a small primary school, we sometimes feel overlooked when it comes to donations, but I feel happy that Hands Across the Sea and Mrs. Tomlinson have come in and seen it fit to uplift our library and put in such age appropriate and wonderful books for our students. They are excited about reading and the atmosphere continues to draw them into reading.
Job well done!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We would like to thank everyone involved with Hands Across the Seas charity. We are a small primary school on a small island in the Caribbean and access and availability to books is hard.. Hands Across the Seas asked what our needs were and they were fulfilled. Today our children are enjoying these beautiful books. Without this charity many children would be without this essential need. Thank you Hands Across the Seas!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Ms Lisa Thomlinson and her team are passionate about the library program in the schools. She has gone above and beyond to ensure that the school library is functional to enable students to develop a love for reading. The assistance provided by Hands Across the Sea will assist in the improvement of the overall literacy at the school.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nothing but praise for Hands Across the Sea!--With the books and library materials donated by Hands Across the Sea here in Grenada, my primary school was able to set up it's first school library. The impact of finally having a space where students can read and explore the world of literacy at their own pace cannot be overemphasized. The Hands' Library Manual was incredibly useful in getting the library up and running, and the books donated by Hands were both relevant and interesting for my students. It's been a pleasure partnering with Hands Across the Sea, thank you!

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Rating: 5

Hands Across The Sea provided my school with an excellent selection of books for young readers, and additionally included a library starter kit, which has helped organize what was once a broom closet into a small library for our students. The ease of working with Hands Across The Sea paired with the quality of the books they provide is just incredible. Thank you Hands Across the Sea!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With the help of Hands Across The Seas we were able to start our school library at the Micoud Primary School in St. Lucia. I proud to say that our students have developed a greater interest in reading Many thanks to Hands Across the Seas.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Des Barras Combined School

We are a small rural school. The library was filled with books from the 70s to 90's. Student interest in reading was low and the library was a place of stored books.

Since the injection of brand new books from hands across the sea, the library has new life breathed into it. The students read more often, borrow more frequently and visit the library during their free time.

Students who would not normally take books have developed reading habits. Thanks Hands Across the Sea. You have changed the lives of our kids.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I write on behalf of the Ave Maria Girls' Primary School to say that after receiving books for our library our girls always look forward eagerly to visit the school library to read all the exciting books in the library. The library was transformed into a learning experience for our girls and teachers. We do thank Hands across the Sea for their generosity and we look forward into receiving more books for our library.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across The Sea have helped us at the George Charles Secondary School, St. Lucia to revitalize our crusty old library, previously filled with dusty second-hand tomes - thanks to their generosity and the enthusiastic assistance offered by their local representative, we now have fresh, bright, attractive and inspiring new titles.

Children come to our school, for the most part, with significant literacy challenges - books and reading are not their friends - the new library is helping to change these attitudes and will be an invaluable resource in the efforts we make to improve the prospects of the students in our care.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing on behalf of the Pares Secondary School in Antigua. Hands Across the Seas have given two donations to our school and we are very grateful to the Linkseys for choosing us. The books include a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, catering for both students and teachers. Included also, were specially selected books for younger readers and those with special reading needs.
As the resident Teacher/Librarian at the school; I have observed that the School's reading population have increased greatly, as students enjoy coming to browse or borrow books which hold their varied interests. I admire the passion and commitment from the Linkseys and wish them continued success as they endeavor to increase literacy in schools which make up the Caribbean.

Stephanie D. Caesar-Maxime

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Rating: 5

On behalf of the Pares Secondary School in Antigua, we wish to say a heartfelt thank you to Hands Across the Sea, Inc. Their donation to our School Library has greatly increased our Literacy Program, by providing materials from which our students can benefit. As the School's Librarian; I have observed that our students are greatly motivated and excited to read more often because of the variety of books we have received from Hands. We are very grateful and look forward to continued relationship with them! Stephanie D. Caesar-Maxime, Teacher/Librarian

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Soufriere Primary School found on the south-western coast of Saint Lucia in the West Indies is eternally grateful to Hands Across The Sea who has been one of our school’s greatest supporters of books and literacy. They have helped us tremendously with the quantity and quality of books in our library. Blessedly; their advice is not just limited to books but they have shared with us various ways in which we could make our library more fun and interesting for our students. They have continuously provided us with supplementary texts and activity books which have been widely used in our delivery of instruction. We are very appreciative of their assistance and thank them immensely for always considering our school and students. Thanks a million! Continue the good deeds Hands Across The Sea!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In the last sentence of the review I wrote, the word 'not' should be 'now'. The line should read: Thanks to Hands Across the Sea and the Linskeys our library is now able to cater to the growing reading needs of our students!!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Clare Valley Government School where I work as the reading teacher and the Librarian was greatly in need of an injection of books for its library. Through a ministry of education official, we got in touch with the Linskeys and hands across the sea!!! From the moment they walked into our small, library, they started telling us how the library can be both upgrarded and maintained. True to their word, they supplied us with books and other much needed library supplies. The students who are the recipient of those supplies and books are so grateful!!! They now frequent the library and assist quite eagerly in managing the library and care of the books. Thanks to Hands Across the Sea and the Linskeys our library is not able to cater to the growing reading needs of our students!!!!!
Name: Asif Collin Dover
Role: Reading teacher and Librarian
School: Clare Valley Government School
Country: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Sea enabled this small school in the Eastern Caribbean to open and maintain a working library for its students. Through timely donations of books, library manual, and materials, one hundred and forty students are now able to learn outside of classroom material. Students come into the library during break and lunch to read their favorite books, do research, and learn something now. Thanks Hands!

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Client Served

Rating: 3

Hands Across the Sea has made it possible for a small rural primary school in the Eastern Caribbean with no space for a large school library to start individual class libraries. The books are student friendly, informative and serve as a means of opening the minds of students to a world that they would not otherwise see. Thank you Hands Across the Sea for giving us the opportunity to partner with you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean from 2013 to 2015, I partnered closely with Hands Across the Sea throughout my service. They are a fantastic organization. My Peace Corps assignment was as a literacy teacher and library developer at my village's primary school on the island of Dominica. Hands sent my school two wonderful donations of brand-new books and library materials, which transformed the literacy environment in my community. What sets Hands apart from other organizations is their commitment to local ownership. In-country staff provide a vital link between the community educators at the local level and Hands admin. Celia, the Hands Dominica Coordinator, continually communicates with the school principals on the island and makes routine visits to each library that Hands supports. Hands' approach ensures that community members are involved and empowered with tools and resources to keep each library sustainable and relevant in the community that it serves. An all-around outstanding organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea is a remarkable organization. They have helped us transform our library into a beautiful, engaging room. Furthermore, they have supplied us with new, exciting books for our students to take home. Hands Across the Sea is helpful every step of the way whether it is setting up the library or creating a check out system so the students can have impeccable reading material at home. This organization is not only changing our library and students view towards literacy but everywhere in the Caribbean. Thank you Hands!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Chase Jones. I am a returned Peace corps Volunteer from the island of Dominica. During my service on the island I assisted in the remodeling and organization of three libraries in my area of work Sineku Primary, Sineku Resource Center, and Castle Bruce Primary. I worked closely with youth groups, community members, students, and teachers with the libraries. But I want to give a very grateful thanks to Hand Across the Sea for their efforts and donations to the libraries. I saw first hand how much excitement and energy came from the youth after the opening of the freshly new libraries in their communities. With the on going support of Hands Across the Sea and their Dominica Coordinator Celia Sorhaindo will assist in a positive and successful future for these young people on the island of Dominica and in the community I called home for two years and forever.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Sea is an amazing organization!!! It links students and teachers in the Caribbean with relevant resources and books, many written by local Caribbean Authors. I am a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and partnered with Hands Across the Sea for about three years. The organization assists with organizing fundraising, communicates with in country staff, ensures to meet needs of individual schools, and follows through with setting up of libraries once books have arrived.
Because of the partnership with Hands Across the Sea- the L'Esterre Rosary School in Carriacou, Grenada now has a functioning library with circulating books and learning materials.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea keeps getting better and better and doing more for Caribbean children starved for good books to read. The evolution from delivering books and building libraries to creating sustainable educational change for thousands of children over the past 7 years is remarkable! With so little, this organization does so much. They should be applauded for their tireless dedication and passion. A generation of children has been positively impacted by the work of Hands Across the Sea.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The work done by Hands Across The Sea, Inc far outweighs expectations. My school has been served for the past four years and i am impressed with the level of accountability maintained. The books provided have greatly enhanced the literacy program at the Tete Morne Primary School. The students are excited to check books out and the love for reading has grown. The school's goal is to have every child who is not otherwise hampered reading at grade level within the next three years.

I love the operations of the organization, the way in which the school needs are checked, books provided in a timely manner, visits from personnel of Hands Across Seas and the eagerness shown by the workers to help. God bless you and may he multiply your giving back to you a hundred fold

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a client served by Hands Across Sea, I can honestly rate them higher than 5 stars. their response to my request was prompt and professional. more than that, the books sent are excellent, new, interesting, colourful and child friendly. As principal i appreciate this partnership and look forward to further working with Hands Across Sea.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

As the literacy link for Dominica, I'm happy to be part of this passionate, hard-working and effective team helping to get great books into the hands of students. It's inspiring to see first hand the school library transformations and the increased interest in books and reading, due to the organisation's efforts and close, "hands on", relationships with schools. Hands Across The Sea are really able to make a significant difference, encouraging a love of reading in students, many of whom would have minimal or no access to interesting books that they genuinely enjoy reading.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Books and access to books are often taken for granted in many countries but, other than school text books, too many children in Dominica do not have books at home or easy access to a library. Limited finances, lack of book stores and the high cost of books mean that they are often low on the list of priorities in many homes and schools. Hands Across the Sea with the help of dedicated and passionate volunteers and school staff are doing an amazing job here in Dominica, building bright and comfortable school libraries and stocking their shelves with stimulating and relevant children's books. I have seen what a big difference the world of books, literature and poetry can make in the lives of the children (and often their parents too).
I like the "hands on" and practical way the organisation works, finding out the specific needs of each school, visiting the schools, providing books relevant for Caribbean children, working closely with the teachers and giving detailed feedback to donors. Celia Sorhaindo

Volunteer

Rating: 4

We are so grateful for your donation of books. This passion for improving literacy in this school will not go unrewarded. Reading is a lifelong skill which improves learning and learning to learn. Hats Off to you "Hands Across the Sea"

1 Roxann B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We at Westerhall Secondary School are very grateful to Hands Across the Sea for their assistance in re-establishing our school's library. Their contribution of books has made a great difference to our student population as well as our teachers. We have seen an increase in the number of students making use of the library. Hats off to Hands Across the School!!! Hip, hip hooray!!! We look forward to a continued relationship as we strive to improve the literacy level of our students.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea continues to deliver awesome service and the highest quality product. Speaking on behalf of a learning institution which has been fortunate enough to benefit first hand from their generous contributions, I can honestly state that the organisation has made a profound impact in literacy at the schools in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Hands has succeeded in creating a heightened state of awareness re, the importance of reading as part of the holistic development of the individual.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As the librarian at one of the largest secondary schools in Grenada, Hands accross the sea has been a tremendous help in initiating the re- establishment of our school's library. The amount and quality of the books recieved has been a great motivation towards getting the student excited about reading. And we are very grateful for the job their organisation is doing. Olivia Phillip Librarian, Grenville Secondary

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea is Simply Amazing! Not only did they deliver a ton of books, they also built us a library at the Micoud Secondary School in St. Lucia. Their Vision is definitely enhance the Literacy levels in St. Lucia and across the Caribbean!