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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

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea,Inc and its staff are perfect examples of angels in disguise. I came in contact with this organization at my former secondary school (Isaiah Thomas Secondary School) to which they donated new books, library and teaching materials, a literacy room and a renovated library. But this was not the end of their generosity.

I also came in contact with and was impacted by Hands Across the Sea in my community and in my personal life. They reached out to a newly developed library in my community (Mahaut) to which they donated new books that I use to host an after-school homework and tutoring program. While, this organization has help me personally by providing the mentorship, guidance and support that I needed in preparation for higher level education.Because of this and many more, I am deeply grateful to Hands Across the sea and its staff.

A few qualities that make this organization and its staff outstanding are compassion and passion mingled with kindness and love.They are heroes I celebrate from my heart who deserve a global applause.

Thank you so much Hands Across the Sea, Inc and staff. You are one-in-a-million.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands across the Sea has impacted my former school (Isaiah Thomas Secondary School) tremendously. This organization have donated a grand supply of books to our school library and as a result of their hard work, love and dedication we have a great school literacy room. Students are now able to access all sorts of books from the center. Thank you very much for such an opportunity, for such a joy and privilege to read books we have never seen before. Keep on your good work!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands across the sea is a very good organisation . It is very exciting to see happy faces of students , exchanging books and helping each other. Many schools has benefited from this organisation and we are very thankful. Countinue doing the good work that you all do and god bless you all.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello everyone,
We at the Atkinson Primary School have been benefiting immensely over the past years from Hands Across The sea. They make large donations of books and library supplies to improve child literacy at our school.
The students always look forward to their visit to the library to do research and to read for fun. Most of the Science books that were sent assist the students to complete research and projects on topics such as the digestive system, magnetism, heat, light etc. Students are more enthusiastic about reading and the importance of books to their education.
Some of the books received in November of 2015 include; Its Alive (10), Myths and Legends (6), Dinosaurs (2), Games,Sports and Festivals(2), The Respiratory System ( 2), Books on Bullying, Earth, Technology, Light, Force and Motion, Heat, Sound, Magnetism, Cells and Organ Systems, Inventions, Stronger Faster Better (4).
I would to say thank you on behalf of the staff and students of my school for the donations of books and other supplies which you continue to make. Thank you for the support and we look forward to a continued collaboration in our efforts to raise child literacy levels at our school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Peace Corps Volunteer serving on the island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Hands Across the Sea has been an integral resource and support for my service. Without their immense donation of literacy supplies, books, materials, and informational resources my school would not have a functional library or remedial resources for struggling resources. Having leveled, Caribbean specific, and brand new books, games, lesson materials, and support has helped increase the literacy rates and print awareness within the school community. We look forward to working with them in the future, and their continued work in highlighting the needs of struggling Caribbean students, and providing excellent support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has been a phenomenal organization to partner with. As a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in a rural fishing village of St. Lucia, part of my assignment was to build up the local school library. There was no existing library when I arrived, and Hands Across the Sea played a critical part in helping us obtain new books, teacher resources, and library materials to get the library off the ground. The organization was so thoughtful to send books that were culturally relevant and interesting to the students -- you could tell they really spent time and effort picking books that would appeal to the children here. Throughout the process of setting up the library, Hands Across the Sea was continuously supportive in providing advice and guidance for how to sort books, train student library leaders, and plan activities to encourage reading. Additionally, the organization was always so responsive to email inquiries and helpful in providing solutions. Our library has been up and running for almost a year now, and it would not have been possible without Hands Across the Sea! All of the teachers, staff, and students are incredibly grateful. We hope to continue working with Hands Across the Sea for many years to come!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea is a very generous organisation that focuses on the development of literacy levels of our students. We were very elated to receive books from a variety of genres. Our students are now avid readers! Thank you Hands Across the Sea!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea is an excellent organization. This organization has helped to improve our school library, provided a stipend to the librarian and supplied interesting books to boost our students self esteem and to provide important new skills.
The King School Series was one of the series incorporated into the grades K and 1 curriculum with the aim to foster reading.The books were deemed well graded, the topics relevant and the pictures very attractive. Target words were easily tracked and enhanced progression from one level to the next. Students were enthusiastic and could not wait to exchange books.
Reading became a fun-filled affair rather than a chore. Students also got individual satisfaction of knowing they could read a book and seeing the numbers of books they checked out increased.
The Bagatelle Primary School endorses Hands Across the Sea as a leading partner in the development of literacy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear friends,
I am Aurelia Benjamin, principal of the Coulibistrie Primary School in Dominica. I have been working with Celia Sorhaindo, a member of Hands Across the Sea.She has been very helpful in supplying books to our school. When we suffered severe damage to our school resources due to Tropical Storm Erica she and her friends came across to help us clean up.When every where was cleaned, Celia brought boxes of books to our school. Our children are enjoying reading those books and are comforted by this act of concern and kindness. This is all because of Hands Across the Sea.We are so very grateful for this.We look forward to your continued support and assistance.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hats off to Hands Across The Sea for their invaluable contributions towards our library. The books are a good source of information and are easy to read. The print is suitable for the various ages. The Science books are exactly what we are teaching on the curriculum and are great resource materials for teachers and students alike. Every term, students are awarded prizes for reading ten or more books. Grade Six students will be given their awards at our Graduation Ceremony. The Librarians have willingly consented to sharing their breaks and lunch periods with the students to allow them to read during these sessions. Our Library also invites our nearby Nursery and Pre-School children to have their sessions of storytelling. During the Easter Vacation a Reading Camp is conducted where we seek to encourage our slow readers to become better at it. Some teachers have to compete with students because they find it difficult to part with their library books while in class. The different genres of books have caused the boys interest to increase. Thanks to Hands Across The Sea the Library is more appealing, unforgettable and thrilling. The Library has now exceeded all expectations because of our partnership with Hands Across The Sea.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea donated over 600 books to the primary school I work at. These new materials allowed the school to open a library and let students check out books. The students are excited to come to the library and pick out books. Many students have never had books of their own, so Hands has let them explore their love of reading and succeed in school.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Lorraine Frederick Belle, I'm the principal of the Salybia Primary School. My school has been the recipient of books and other library resources from Hands Across the Sea for a few years now and we are indeed grateful. These donations to our library has not gone to waste, the students have become much more interested in visiting the library as the books are of a wide variety and very much in their interests. The boys in particular have taken a keen interest in reading and spending time in the library. The infants absolutely love the new look of the library and are always excited to go there.
The teachers have also found the reference section to be very beneficial to their teaching which they refer to as guides and additional learning materials for delivering lessons.
Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to say thank you to Hands Across the Sea for your commitment to help us and thereby assisting our students to be more literate and enthusiastic about reading.

Client Served

Rating: 4


The tremendous work being done by this organisation has a positive impact on the staff and students of the school. The donation of updated books created an atmosphere where students engage daily basis with books. This is quite a change! The library was once a closed up room with obsolete materials, not frequently visited by staff and students. Today, students borrow books and spend time reading current/relevant material in and out of the library. Great Job!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

The entire Cayon Primary School body expresses heart-felt thanks and appreciation to Hands Across the Sea for its donation of books. Through its effort we were also able to repaint the drawings on the walls of the library.

The students enjoy going to the library to borrow the books especially at the Grades Four and Five level since there was a shortage of books before. Thanks Hands Across the Sea for your timely donation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Principal, staff, students and parents of the Parham Primary school Antigua wish to say thank you to Mrs Lisa Tomlinson, Tom and Harriet Linskey and the entire Hands Across the Sea family for the timely, well needed and appreciated donation of reading materials.

The donation of books and other reading materials have opened a world of opportunities for our students. They are able to travel the world through reading, they have developed a love for books and reading which has enhanced their imaginative skills and in turn their writing abilities. Being able to borrow books from the library where students can read at their own leisure, and writing book reports have proven beneficial for both the students and the teachers.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea

Client Served

Rating: 4

Jennings Primary School

Thank you Hands Across the Sea for helping us to bring the love of reading in focus for our students.

Aubreyann M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a teacher at a small primary school, we sometimes feel overlooked when it comes to donations, but I feel happy that Hands Across the Sea and Mrs. Tomlinson have come in and seen it fit to uplift our library and put in such age appropriate and wonderful books for our students. They are excited about reading and the atmosphere continues to draw them into reading.
Job well done!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We would like to thank everyone involved with Hands Across the Seas charity. We are a small primary school on a small island in the Caribbean and access and availability to books is hard.. Hands Across the Seas asked what our needs were and they were fulfilled. Today our children are enjoying these beautiful books. Without this charity many children would be without this essential need. Thank you Hands Across the Seas!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Des Barras Combined School

We are a small rural school. The library was filled with books from the 70s to 90's. Student interest in reading was low and the library was a place of stored books.

Since the injection of brand new books from hands across the sea, the library has new life breathed into it. The students read more often, borrow more frequently and visit the library during their free time.

Students who would not normally take books have developed reading habits. Thanks Hands Across the Sea. You have changed the lives of our kids.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I write on behalf of the Ave Maria Girls' Primary School to say that after receiving books for our library our girls always look forward eagerly to visit the school library to read all the exciting books in the library. The library was transformed into a learning experience for our girls and teachers. We do thank Hands across the Sea for their generosity and we look forward into receiving more books for our library.