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Hands Across the Sea, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Libraries, Literacy, Remedial Reading & Encouragement

Mission: Hands Across the Sea is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization dedicated to raising the literacy levels of Caribbean children by assisting schools and libraries in Eastern Caribbean communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25,000+ students at 100+ schools

Geographic areas served: Eastern Caribbean

Programs: Hands Across the Sea's Caribbean Literacy and School Support (CLASS) Program has shipped over 265,170 new amazing books to 422 primary and secondary schools and libraries on Antigua, St. Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada, giving 74,000 children access to age-appropriate, culturally- appropriate top-quality reading material.

Community Story


Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has been a total pleasure to work with. As a Peace Corps volunteer, I first heard of their organization from the favorable, word-of-mouth reputation they have developed from working with other volunteers in the Eastern Caribbean region. Harriet and Tom provide an exceptional service to us PC volunteers and it is more comprehensive than just the delivering of books. At first they shared with me a neat method for managing my library and provided me with a small grant to purchase the resources to kick start it without even me asking first. Then of course came the fundraising which proceeded terrifically. We were able to raise the funds to purchase approximately 800 new and gently used books for our school library. Needless to say, this created boundless excitement among the students and staff. Throughout the process Harriet and Tom were at the tip of my fingers, so to speak, because if I ever needed to send them an email or make a phone call, they typically respond immediately. I've always felt that they've had my back as a PCV. Harriet and Tom are hard working, innovative, and exceptionally personable. You don't find too many people in the world who are easier to work with than the folks at Hands Across the Sea. We've also managed to meet in person on multiple occasions; they are very generous with their time. In the end, Hands Across the Sea provides a service with dedication and originality that fits oh so well with our roles as Peace Corps volunteers. I am very grateful to have been able to work with Hands Across the Sea.