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.
Hands Across the Sea's reach and delivery of quality books throughout the Eastern Caribbean islands makes it the most efficient charity of this type. 51,470 books and 95 boxes of resources to 100 schools, libraries, reading programs, and youth centers (approximately 17,000 students in 7 countries) were donated in 2011/2012. This supply of literacy materials makes a huge difference to Caribbean children with little or no access to books (beyond school texts). Living in Grenada, I can see the impact that this organization has made as expressed by librarians, reading groups and schools and can only thank the founders of Hands Across the Sea over and over again. Great work for a great cause that is often overlooked because it is not percieved as 'desperate' or urgent!