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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 Caribbean communities

Geographic areas served: Eastern Caribbean

Programs: In 2014, hands across the sea, inc. 's caribbean literacy and school support (class) program shipped over 39,400 new books, 60 boxes of school resources, and 12 sets of metal library shelving to 107 schools, libraries, reading programs and youth centers in antigua, st. Kitts and nevis, dominica, st. Lucia, st. Vincent and the grenadines and grenada. Over 25,000 students benefitted from new library books to read and classroom resources that their teachers requested.

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

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.

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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

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.

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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Client Served

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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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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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!