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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

124 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.