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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 through transformative school and community library programs.

Results: As of the 2020 school year, Hands has reached over 140,000 children on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines with over half-a-million new books, mentorship programs and literacy initiatives. Hands has helped create or rejuvenate over 873 school and 50 community libraries and is focused on long-term sustainability of libraries and instilling a love of reading in children’s and families’ lives.

Target demographics: children read

Direct beneficiaries per year: 45,000+ students at 800+ schools

Geographic areas served: Eastern Caribbean

Programs: Hands Across the Sea's Caribbean Literacy and School Support (CLASS) Program and Preschool Program put children's literacy front and center. Our literacy experts work directly with students, educators, and school administrators to deliver literacy initiatives and reading programs that are changing the lives of thousands of children each year. Because of Hands Across the Sea's commitment, over 167,000 children have grown up with access to new, culturally appropriate, relevant books. Local Program Officers are from the communities where they are working - not only are they trusted experts in the community, but they understand how to mobilize and connect services that meet people where they are and make transformation happen.

Community Stories

310 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

We are writing to share our multi-year experiences with Hands Across the Sea. We became aware of Hands Across the Sea and their involvement with books for the children of the Caribbean over 10 years ago when we took charter sailboat vacations in St. Vincent and the Caribbean. We wanted to contribute something back to the islands and contributing to Hands Across the Sea seemed like a nice way to do it. While we contributed financially, we really did not have a good understanding on their overall operation and involvement throughout the Caribbean Island chain. In 2018, we sold everything in the States and moved aboard our sailboat “Kindred Spirit” and set a course for the Caribbean where our plans were to liveaboard and cruise for at least 10 years. We began our journey in Rhode Island where we were fortunate enough to catch up in person with Harriet and Tom Linskey, the founders of Hands Across the Sea. Over dinner we learned so much more about Hands Across the Sea and the overall scope of their work. We were highly impressed. Not only was Hands Across the Sea providing new age-appropriate books with topics of interest to the children of the Caribbean, but they were also establishing reading libraries within schools on the islands which are supported by local Literacy Links, who are retired educators, to provide guidance for the running of the libraries, in addition to providing ideas to the local teachers on how to get the children engaged with reading. Our primary base in the Caribbean is St. Vincent and the Grenadines and we have been fortunate to see first hand the operation of Hands Across the Sea and also the positive affect it has on the children and teaching staff at the local schools. Over time we have also become friends with the educators and principals in the local schools and the appreciation they have to Hands Across the Sea in support of their students. We have also witnessed the excitement when the children open the book shipment they just received and also the dedication the Literacy Links have to this organization and the children. A highlight for us was our day spent with Enna Bullock and Yvette Pompey as we visited 7 schools on the island of Bequia as they reviewed the libraries and provided ideas and insight to the local educators in addition to watching them lead a reading session for the children.We are pleased to support such an organization with our monetary contribution and also our time to promote and support their efforts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and also the Caribbean in general. The contributions are well spent in support of their dedication and efforts.

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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.

1 Olivia6

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joining hands with Hands Across the Sea’s team as Literacy Link for Saint Lucia has been a thrilling experience for me. Most of our school libraries were more or less abandoned. We have managed to create new libraries, rejuvenate many and inspire principals and teachers, but our greatest impact has been on the children. Their enthusiasm when given the opportunity to hold a new book is priceless, their sparkling eyes when they open a book about dinosaurs and a Diplodocus actually jumps out of the page is what makes my mission as a Literacy Link a real bliss.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyone who visits the Stephanie Browne Primary School library on the tiny island of Union Island is usually in awe as to the amount of resources that we are endowed with. EVERYBODY ASKED, WHERE DO YOU ALL GET THESE BOOKS FROM? THEY ARE EXCELLENT. And our answer for the past four years has been from Hands Across the Seas. Its an organization where promises are kept.

Mrs. Lorette Coy-James
Principal

1 Nicole92

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

We thank Hands Across The Sea for partnering with the Sandy Point Primary.We now have a working library where children can come regularly to the library to read,be read to and borrow books.During this time we also teach the children to take care of the books.We see this as a valuable investment.The children are so excited to come to the library ,even when its not their turn.They even want to come lunch time and break time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across The Sea has a great passion for literacy. I love their enthusiasm, their dedication and their willingness to assist schools with their library programmes. As a non-profit organization you are doing an excellent job in partnering with schools to raise the literacy levels of students across the Caribbean.

We, the principal, staff and students of the C. W. Prescod Primary School are grateful for your contribution and look forward to your assistance in enhancing our library programme.

Thank you! Thank You!

Client Served

Rating: 4

The programme for Adolescent Mothers in Grenada extend their greatest thanks to Hands Across the Sea for their wonderful support and kind donation of books, stationery and toys to the young mothers. these gifts were greatly appreciated by the students and staff of the programme.

Once again much thanks to Hands Across the Sea!

Shar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Hands Across The Sea. Thank you so very much for the passion and devotion you have shown to the staff and students of the Piaye Combined School and St,Lucia at large. Piaye Combined will remain forever grateful to this amazing organization. You have not only donated books and school supplies but you have certainly changed the educational landscape of my students and provided them with richer and deeper learning experiences. Thank you so much for giving of yourselves.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea- An Organisation of Inspiration and Hope.

Mr and Mrs Linskey are true champions in the cause of our children's educational development. We are extremely grateful for the many donations made to the Piaye Combined School and the many linkages and partnerships we have established as a result of this organization. Through their efforts, the students of the Piaye Combined School have been ushered into a new dimension of their future which will certainly change the course of their lives forever.

The notable and eminent clinical psychologist, teacher and child therapist Haim Ginott asserts “I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.”

And if Hands Across the Sea were to ever meet Dr. Ginott and he were to ask them, were you a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, We the staff and students of the Piaye Combined School would hasten to say, they most definitely were an instrument of inspiration.”

That's what you have been to us, an instrument of inspiration and hope. Thank you from all of our hearts-

Sharon McDonald -Piaye Combined


Client Served

Rating: 5

Greetings from Stephanie Browne Primary |School ,Clifton, Union Island, a little Island in the Grenadines.
Since Hands visited us about five years ago our school has seen a great improvement in our Library resource and thus a significant improvement in students reading levels. The interest showed by Hands Across the Seas in our children's development is greatly appreciated by our parents, staff and students.
Hands has has shown what it really means to make an impact to humanity.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Sea has identified with Jungle Bay Resort and Spa's Open Book Open Mind Program to enhance the Literacy Program at the Petite Savanne Primary School here in Dominica. Hands has cotinued to supply the type of pupil friendly books that has kept our pupils reading. THANK YOU HANDS and all involed in this wonderful venture,we are seeing the impact.

Oliver Samuel
Principal

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Client Served

Rating: 3

Hands Across the Sea has joined with Open Books Open Minds to supply books to the school library at Petite Savanne Primary a developing school in Dominica. We have received books from hands across the sea and I want to say "Hats Off" to them for the selection. This library initiative has indeed boosted pupils' reading. They read more and they read better. The 2011 National Assessment results revealed that 100% of our Grade 2 & 4 pupils were reading at or above class level. this made us very proud and I attribute alot of this tothe functioning library at school.

2 Sandra60

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, we are the Staff and Students of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School located in Dominica. We were one of the first Secondary Schools which was adopted and loved by this wonderful and dedicated organisation.

Prior to Hands' generous and overwhelming contributions, our school's library contained only out-dated books and very few resources. Additionally, the room required a complete make-over. We saw no light at the end of the tunnel.

Thankfully however, through Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Bardouille we were introduced to the "Hands Family." From that day forward, our partnership has continued to blossom.

We came from literally nothing to a completely new Literacy Centre and a refurbished Library with attractive, exciting, updated and meaningful fiction and non-fiction books. We worked tirelessly through summers and other holidays with Harriet and Tom as our ever- guiding earthly angels.

Our school will never forget your generosity, patience, kindness, sponsorship and hard work.

Presently, our reading population has improved significantly and our students simply love to visit both the library and literacy centre.

We can never say thank you enough to the Board of directors, volunteers and Tom and Harriet. Know that we will be eternally grateful.

And any school or institution who partners with "Hands Across the Sea" indeed, they are in great hands.

Sandra Roberts on behalf of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the principal of the Castle Bruce Secondary School in Dominica. Our students had the desire to read but the books in our library were outdated and not student friendly. Some of these books were not even at our students level or within their experiential background- just irrelevant. In addition the room in which we kept the books was a wooden house which was slowly deteriorating. I used to hold my head and wonder what to do. There was a hole in the floor. Students still came to check for books in spite of the limitations.Then the Lord sent the Hands Across the sea to my rescue.
We got beautiful, new, colorful, relevant, age-level friendly books for our library. Not only did we get books but our library was also repaired and painted and Hands Across the sea gave us an air condition unit. My goodness, this is by far the best thing that has happened at our school in the last five years. There are no words to describe what the work and donations of books by Hands Across the sea mean to us. It is just too good to be true. Thank you Hands across the Sea and we look forward to your continued support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Altruistic, munificent, and benevolent are three of the words that the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School - Campus A family find fitting to describe the magnificent work of Hands Across the Sea, Inc.

The donation of over three hundred books that we received from the organisation in 2012 (through the efforts of peace corps volunteer, Adam Wohlman) has enhanced the literacy programme at our school; the students absolutely love the latest additions of fiction and non fiction books.

We are also elated to have won the Hands Across the Sea Literacy Award in March of this year (2014). This award is accompanied by US$1000 worth of new and exciting books which the students eagerly await.

We commend Hands Across the Sea Inc and wish to make special mention of Harriet, Tom and Colin. We are extremely grateful for their interest and commitment in developing the literacy skills of the Caribbean's children.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea from Dr. Cadelia Ambrose (Principal), the staff and students of Vieux Fort Comprehensive - Campus A.


Jeanne Lawrence
Learning Resource Center Manager
Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School
Campus A
Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Principal, Staff and students of the Beach Allen Primary School in St. Kitts-Nevis, have welcomed the intervention of Hands Across the Sea in the restructuring of our school's library. Our school had just refurbished the library and had received books from another donor when Hands Across the Sea came and shared great ideas on structuring.

They did not just share but also provided some materials for cataloging our books and making it more simplified for the Librarian and students. They also gave us some of the Hardy Boys and Enid Blyton Series to add to our collection.

We are indeed grateful for their timely intervention and contribution. We pray God's blessings on all the volunteers and partners as they seek to educate our world's children; as only through literacy we can become reasonable citizens and make them better people.

Kudos to the organizers continue your good work. Keep the faith; because faith without good work is dead and good work without faith is just O because God is not in it.

Be blessed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Principal, Staff and students of the Fancy Government School, St. Vincent and the Grenadines would like to say a hearty thank you to Hands across the sea for the donations they have made to us.
They have donated a wide range of reading material that caters to the needs of all the pupils from the slow readers to the independent readers. They have also given us some information on how to set up a school library and promised to donate more books in the future.
What they are doing is a very worthwhile venture as reading is an integral part of the school. If children cannot read then they cannot do the other subject area properly.
we are therefore thankful for the worthy venture.

Cindy126

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands Across The Sea have done a great job in helping to stock our school library at Kids Unlimited School in Antigua.
We were finally able to replace old worn out books with new exciting titles that the boys at the school were particularly pleased about. The "DK Eyewitness" range and the "Goosebumps" range were also a huge success and it has been wonderful to see such enthusiasm from the children on their library days.
The fact that this organisation not only send donated books but also source the books that we actually ask for is pretty amazing and has made a massive difference to our library and our school.
Well done Hands Across The Sea, we think you are fabulous!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea is an amazing group who have done wonderful thing for school libraries on my Island, Nevis. They listen and try as much as possible to get books that meet the students needs and the librarians requests. They always give books in excellent condition with relevant content. We on Nevis are truly grateful to Hands Across the Sea for the generous donations to school libraries over the year.........We pray Gods Guidance on them as the continue to do their best to improve literacy in the region.

Thanks
Londa Brown
Librarian

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is with grateful hearts we at Victoria School for Special Education say thank you to Hands Across the Sea for an invaluable supply of books contributed to our school. Our students are still enthusiastic and cannot wait for their scheduled reading period to delve into those exciting stories with their teachers and peers.

We were able to start our school library with the supply of books. Through the efforts of Hands Across the Sea, Literacy has improved at our institution.

THANK YOU HANDS ACROSS THE SEA!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are immensely and eternally thankful for the assistance of books for the commencement of our reading project at Babonneau Secondary School. Hands Across the Sea also made it possible for us to obtain classroom cupboards for our classroom libraries.

I am extremely impressed with the alacrity with which our request was met. Moreover, we are certain that Hands Across the Sea has changed the literacy awareness at our school and also students' interests in books. Our students are very enthused about the classroom libraries and they are asking for MORE BOOKS. This is truly remarkable and an immeasurable progress towards making our students and country more literate.

We thank the wonderful team at Hands Across the Sea for changing our lives and we look for further assistance to complete our classroom library reading project.

Our gratitude is BOUNDLESS! THANK YOU.

Mrs. Rosemond-Alphonse
Teacher
Babonneau Secondary School
St. Lucia

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands across the sea has literally throw us here at the Charles E.Mills Secondary School a life line, just in the nick of time. A time where our library was on the brink of going dormant.This library saver approached us and has revamped our school's library by generously donating books that the students and staff can't seem to get enough of.Our library membership has grown tremendously since we received the shipment of books from this nonprofit organization.Today we can proudly boast that we now have a functioning library that serves students of all academic abilities and teachers.Some students have even asked about getting more books as they have read majority of the supply that was sent to us,and for us here at the Charles E.Mills Secondary School is a big plus .It simply means that our students are reading and enjoying it.
Once again we are so thankful for the immeasurable donation

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Sea has played a major role in the reopening of The Anglican High School Library (Grenada).When we approached as possible recipients of a shipment of books, the space available to house the library was used as a store room for the materials from the science labs that were destroyed by hurricane Ivan in 2004. Luckily for us though, new labs were recently constructed and were being stocked with materials stored in the library space. We were required to do one thing; transform the space with shelves. This we did in anticipation of receiving the donation of books. We immediately went to work. The space was transformed and we were ready to accept the promised gift of books.
The books finally arrived and today our library is fully functional. We have seen a renewed interest in reading. On a daily basis students are filled with excitement borrowing and reading books.
On behalf of the Principal, Staff, and Students of The Anglican High School, our profound gratitude is extended to Hands Across the Sea and other donors. Your gift is contributing to enhancing reading and literacy in general among our students.
Kim P

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

The students and staff at the La Ressource Combined School are thankful for your donation of books to our school library. Your assistance has made it possible to engage our students in reading and more importantly we are better able to cater to the reading needs of our boys.

Thank you for such a wonderful gift.

Rameau

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Client Served

Rating: 3

Hands Across the sea has been a blessing to the St.Joseph's Convent, Grenville. The immeasurable donationof books has helped the students greatly in improving their reading potential and their literacy skills.Our library was recently constructed and was in a high demand for books and thanks to your organization , wecan now boast of a resource center that can cater to the needs of our children.Thanks Hands Across the sea.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The impact of Hands Across theSea cannot be underestimated. At the CrochuR C School we have been struggling to find appropriate reading material for students to read leisurely for quite some time. Hands Across the Sea came to our rescue not only by donating books but also organised a competent team of volunteers who assisted in the re organisation of our library. Today we are proud to say we have a functioning library that serves our students and even some of our parents. Hats of to Hands Across the Sea.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across The Sea has been a life saver as it relates to its donation of books to the Buccament Bay Secondary. They assisted us when we were a mere two boxes of books and a room and have basically become our major contributors of reading material. Hands Across the Sea has provided the opportunity for our students to interface with additional reading materials that they would not normally have been able to do. The books provided are of various genres and the boys are enjoying a number of them. A number of the titles are on 'The WANTED' list as the students clamor for them. Thanks 'Hands Across the Sea' as you have impacted and touched many lives by providing additional experiences through books.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Seas has been a blessing to the Woodfordhill Primary School. The immeasurable impact their donations have had on our school and our students is indeed mentionable and commendable. The benefits of these art and reading materials are far reaching as it will be recognized in the achievements of our present and future students.
The mere word thank you will not be able to properly express our heartfelt gratitude to Tim, Harriet and all others involved in the operations of this great enterprise. However, since this is the only available medium we at the Woodfordhill Primary hopes it suffice, Thank you and may blessings continue to flow your way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hands Across the Sea donated several boxes of books to our school's library and for that we are truly grateful. They have given our school an opportunity to continue building readers. Our students are estatic about the new books and are getting involved in reading and sharing what they read. Thank you again to the members of Hands Across the Sea you are truly helping us build leaders but ensuring that they are great readers.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Seas is a gift to Pioneer Prep. We are grateful for the fine quality of books and other teaching/learning materials received. These have enhanced our lessons and delighted our students! The D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) period certainly has become more interesting. A million thanks to Tim, Harriette, Hands Across the Seas and all its benefactors. Pioneer Prep has started a new friendship that is close to our hearts. The best is wished for you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School records its deep appreciation to Hands Across the Sea for the countless donations of books and other supplies for the school library. Our children continue to benefit from these donations.

Congratulations to Hands Across the Sea for the marvellous work being done to enhance reading and improve literacy in our school.
MLescott ( Principal, EPPS)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hats off to Hands Across the Sea !! The work that this organization does is incredibly beneficial to thousands of children in our region, the Caribbean. The books received by Kids Unlimited School are of such a high quality and range of interest that our students look forward to the shipment arriving. They enjoy watching as the boxes are unpacked and eagerly await the books being placed in the library and available to them each Friday. Library day is always fraught with excitement so that new worlds can be explored through the books! Reading is an important part of our work here at Kids Unlimited School, and the wider the scope of material presented the better for our students.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea for a job well done,

Warm Regards,






Amaryllis Weeks



KIDS UNLIMITED SCHOOL
P.O.Box W 92
Scotts Hill
St. John’s
Antigua
Tel: 268 734-1834
Fax: 268 461-0414
Cel: 268 723-1556

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http://www.kidsunlimitedschool-anu.com

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The contribution of books that Hands Across the Sea has made to the All Saints secondary School Library is most invaluable. It has help to transform our school library by providing modern and relevant books that will better assist our students with their reading and research. Thank you Hands Across the Sea for your contribution.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

With little finance available, many schools in Grenada find it difficult to equip themselves with the adequate reading material for students. Four years ago,to our rescue, Hands Across The Sea came. We have received to date lots of books in this wonderful name.
The students of the St. Dominic’s R.C. School have at their disposal a wide variety of books. Thanks to Hands Across The Sea who has granted to us resources of tremendous value. What used to be a store room, you can now find a library. On a daily basis scores of students can be seen visiting and leaving with books in their hands and smiles on their faces.
Last year, our appeal to Hands Across The Sea for books for our boys have been answered. The arrival of three boxes of books, have sparked our boys’ interest. It is our hope that all our students reading level will continue to improve.
May God grant great blessings to Tom and Harriett and all donors to Hands Across The Sea for the great deeds they have done.

Cephas Ettienne

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has been an invaluable resource to the Charles E. Mills Secondary School, St. Kitts. It has facilitated the revamping of our school library so that it is now age appropriate and culturally relevant. We are better poised to meet our reading and research needs. Our academic capabilities have been greatly enhanced thanks to the generous donations of time and resources by the hard working staff of the Hands Across the Sea organization. Thanks Hands Across the Sea! Your contribution is much appreciated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When Hands Across the Sea donated the first boxes of books, the whole school was excited at the gifts. The children who helped the Peace Corps volunteer enjoyed unpacking, carrying, stamping, coding and labelling the books. They could not get enough of the smell, look, feel and content of these gems. They could often be found lost in a book while stacking them onto the shelves. The library was uplifted and became an interesting place for the children and parents. Hands Across the Sea sent another set of books and even art supplies which both the staff and children enjoyed using to make cards, masks, collages, posters and charts across the curriculum. With these new additions, our school library keeps being an exciting place for visitors to the school. All the donations were timely and extremely useful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the literacy coordinator at the St.Joseph's Convent Grenville in the parish of St. Andrew. We are an all girls secondary school. I was extremely happy when Hands Across the Sea donated a few boxes of books to our school. The students were very happy to have been afforded the opportunity and exposure to these books. The library really needed books of that type which were the choice of the students. This has aroused their interest and motivation to read. We were also grateful for the presence of representatives from Hands Across the Sea who visited our school's library and gave us valuable suggestions as to the way we present and shelve the books in the library.
Thank you Hands Across the Sea for helping to motivate our girls and to raise the literacy level at our school.

1 Staci L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea is the reason why the students at the Bonne Terre Preparatory School in St. Lucia are becoming excited and hopefully life long readers. Their donation of several boxes of books over the past 3 years has supplied the school library with quality, appropriate and very appealing books to all age levels and both genders. It is a joy for me, as the librarian, to see these students' eyes light up when the new books arrive. The level of reading competency has increased tremendously simply because the students are being exposed to great books. We are very, very grateful to TL and Harriet and the rest of the great gang at Hands Across the Sea for their passion and determination to raise literacy levels in the Caribbean. I am so privileged to be watching this be accomplished first hand.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has been instrumental in the development of the library at the Bonne Terre Preparatory School in St. Lucia. The donation the school received last year more than doubled what had previously been in the library. The quality non fiction books that were included has had tremendous impact on the reading interest of especially the boys in the school. Literacy is alive and well at Bonne Terre Prep thanks to Hands Across the Sea!

Vicky V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a Peace Corps volunteer in St. Vincent, and this organization is utilized by MANY of the volunteers serving in the Eastern Caribbean. My secondary school's library sorely needed appropriate books geared towards Caribbean adolescents, and Hands Across the Sea delivered with great books that lured struggling readers into our library. We now have far more books being borrowed by a wider range of students. On the behalf of the staff and students at St. Clair Dacon Secondary, THANK YOU!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea Inc came to the assistance of the Dominica Community High School when it was most needed. The school is a government-assisted school which relies very heavily on the kind of sponsorship and concern which are characteristic of this non-profit organisation. The school supplies have reduced our expenditure in that area of need and the readership's interest has improved much to our delight because of the increased of our book stock.
The latter formed part of our goals in our School Development Plan and we are pleased to announce our success in attaining them.
Please note that the island is the Commonwealth of Dominica (DA not DR)- The Nature Island . I am Dominica! Are you?
Celia Nicholas
Principal

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has really ignited an interest in developing a school library to help elevate the literacy levels among our students. Their generous donation of books to our school will serve us well for years to come. Thanks a million guys!!

1 Chazeal G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Seas has been a life saver for our school's library. My name is E Jonah Greene. I am the Principal of the Clare Hall Secondary School on the beautiful island of Antigua and Barbuda. Clare Hall is a co-ed high school with an enrollment of 829 students. Our library was inactive for many years. However, as an educator, I am of the firm belief that no institution of learning should be without a school library - a place where students could read and explore new adventures. Despite the advancements in technology, I still believe that one of the most beautiful image an educator could envision is a child wrapped up inside a book. Hands across the seas helped us to get back on track as far as reading is concerned. I fully endorse this charity as I have seen the benefits of their hard work first hand.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea!!!

E Jonah Greene
Principal

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Ses has made a tremendous difference in the quality of our school library at Willikies Primary School in Antigua, and I through their donation of books have greatly improve our ability to endeavor to get all our students up to an acceptable standard of literary. Thank you, continue to make a difference in the lives of students all over the world.

Denmore Roberts
principal

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Sea was very instrumental in the re-introduction of the school library at the Villa Primary School. This project was started under the leadership of a former principal Mrs. Angella James and a former Peace Corp volunteer Miss Ina Howe. When appointed as the new principal of the school, the project was near completion, the library was officially opened and with our student librarian programme we were the first primary school on island to have a 'lending' library. This initiative helped the school to win a further $1000,00 prize from this non-profit organisation.
Although I am now retired, and no longer at the school, I can truly say that with the help of this wonderful organisation the Villa School library is thriving and is of an invaluable benefit to the students and faculty there.
Former Principal
Mrs. B. Jarvis

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands across the Sea is a God sent!! We received a donation of books from this wonderful organization at the St. John's Catholic Primary School in Antigua and were therefore able to official start a school library!!

This donation has proven beneficial to the teachers and most importantly the students. The work done by Hands Across the Sea has proven very meaningful. We are truly grateful and hope to continue working with Hands in the future!!

Great work Harriette & John. Thank you :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a coastal village primary school in St. Vincent. I've received two shipments from Hands Across the Sea and with the books provided, I was able to turn a defunct and dusty library, full of age-inappropriate books, into a great resource for getting kids interested in literacy.

While I provided literacy tutoring for all grades, I found that working in the library with classes was the best tool for getting kids excited about reading and interested in reading on their own, thereby developing fluency. I bring in classes for literacy-based activities weekly, working on strengthening their reading comprehension and just making reading fun. The library is now crowded at lunch and after school with children who previously had no access to books appropriate for their age and are clamoring for books to read.

While my service is almost over, I know that Hands Across the Sea will continue to work with my school and staff to improve the library. The interest the the kids have gained in reading for fun will not dwindle with the end of my service, and that is very satisfying to know. The library, which has turned into my main project at the school, will be sustainable and the children will continue to have a local resource to improve their literacy and maintain a positive attitude towards reading.

Tom and Harriet are also incredibly friendly and supportive and take an active interest in ALL the schools and projects they reach. They also put me in touch with a Grade 5 US teacher, who then developed a partnership with a Grade 5 teacher at my school. The teacher recently spent a week at my school strengthening that relationship, and the kids are all have pen pals. This is a great tool for resource sharing, developing cultural awareness, and just having fun. With relationships like these, I am confident that both teachers and students will continue to learn and grow.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My school, The Stephanie Browne Primary, has been visited by Hariette and John Linsky of hands Across the Seas in Union Island , St.Vincent and The Grenadines since 2005. Since then we have received donations of books and school supplies from hands.

It is great to have donations of supplies and heartwarming when those who donate visit us. Great job Harriette and John.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent three weeks working with Harriet and T.L. for the Hands in St. Lucia. I have worked for many charitable organizations and find that none works more diligently, efficiently or earnestly to serve their cause. Hands Across the Sea supports and sustains literacy by collaborating with students, teachers, Peace Corps Volunteers, librarians, principals and Ministry of Education officials to create and enhance libraries in classrooms, schools and communities. Working with Peace Corps Volunteers to clean out and organize their school libraries, was my favorite part because I got my hands dirty, saw real improvemnet and met lots of students and teachers who appreciated the work we were doing together. As a teacher on sabbatical, I liked experiencing Caribbean schools from the inside. I especially loved reading with students and helping them choose titles from the all the beautiful new books. This work was very fulfilling.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I spent a day with Harriet and Tom visiting primary schools in Dominica. They have the professional skills and the commitment to assess what the school libraries need, they take in - at a glance - how the libraries are being run, and they are considerate to the teachers who often work under difficult conditions. One thing that particularly impressed me is that Hands Across the Sea don't send rubbishy books and discarded books to their Caribbean schools - many of the books are brand-new and they are carefully chosen to fit the needs of the children. Harriet and Tom do a tremendous job - with great energy and enthusiasm and sensitivity.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I assisted in a service trip led to Dominica to help with the reorganisation of school libraries there. I greatly appreciated how much individual attention Hands Across the Sea gave each institution it was helping and I also greatly appreciated the high standards to which participants within the program were kept as this really helped to ensure that the assistance given would be used most efficiently.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Sea has assisted the Vieux-fort Infant School in Saint Lucia through the donation of new and relevant reading resources. The resources donated are currently being used in the school's library which was badly in need of an injection of new materials. I applaud this organization for this wonderful gesture especially as I see first hand the benefits to the children. They are excited about the new materials and they always seem eager to visit the library. In a nutshell, they are READING! Before this was not the case. With their continued support, I know the children at the Vieux-Fort Infant School will improve in their literacy skills. Thanks so much Hands Across the Sea, without you these children would not have ready access to great reading materials!

Angela55

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has"sailed" into St.Lucia and has brought about changes to the lives of our children. Harriet and Tom have provided very interesting books to a number of schools which have helped to start school libraries or to refurbish existing ones. In the rural ares, where children now have access to authentic literature, we are now seeing students who are interested in reading; boys who are motivated to read and students who now read during their leisure time.

As the Curriculum Specialist for English Language, I value the support that they are giving to our schools and the impact that their contribution is making to the Literacy development of our country.

As we celebrate 'Reading Awareness Month" in May, I know that more students are able to get access to more books through Hands Across the Sea.

Thank you Tom and Harriet. Keep up the great job!

Angela Mariatte

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I applaud the ongoing efforts of Tom & Harriet Linskey in providing books for our school libraries. I have known them for over five years and I admire their commitment to ensuring that children experience the world through reading. I think that they are doing an excellent job in this area. I have experienced their generous donations at Joycelyn Liburd Primary School and at Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School.
Top commendations are in order for them both.

Sharon Liburd

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the Teacher Librarian at the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School, Nevis West Indies words cannot express my thanks to Hands Across the Sea (New Bedford, MA) for their help in assisting our school achieve its goal of having a State of the Art Library on the island. There contribution of books, cds and posters over the past five (5) years has greatly benifited our school, students are elatated to visit the library and read the books we have received. This year we were presented with the, "Hands Across the Sea Literacy Award 2013," this far exceeded our expectation. The pricipal,teachers,students and myself will continue to pray for the members and supporters of Hands Across the Sea that God will continue to bless them, as they assist not only our school but extent their love to others in the caribbean and the island of Nevis.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across The Sea has helped us at the Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School on Nevis West Indies for the past five and a half (5 1/2) years in a very positive way. Not only for the students but also for the teachers as well. We appreciate all that you have done and we do hope to continue partnering with you in the future. Thank you very much. You are doing an excellent job. Continue helping and shaping the minds of our youth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea literally sailed into our lives when we met the Linskeys in Carriacou. We had money and school supplies that had been donated by our community in New Jersey and wanted to find a school that could put it all to good use. We live on our boat with our three children and sail with another family of five. Harriet found schools to use our school supplies on Dominica and then found a school on Union Island where all ten of us could donate our time as well. We spent a whole day reorganzing a school library, helping our new student friends as well as teaching our own children the joy of giving. We look forward to working with Hands Across the Sea again. We recommend them to anyone with books, time, or money to offer to an organization that is making an enormous impact in the Caribbean.

Juzan D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Hands Across The Sea has been very instrumental in student development in the federation of St.kitts and Nevis with the up-grading of libraries in schools on the island. The Irish Town Primary School has been blessed with new books and stationary supplies.............from the bottom of my heart thank you The Hands Across The Sea and to Tom and Harriet Lynskey we have to say a special thanks , from Mrs Jean Boddie and all teachers of Irish Town Primary School for all the hard you did.