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Nonprofit Overview

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

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

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

Geographic areas served: Eastern Caribbean

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

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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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!

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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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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"

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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

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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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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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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!