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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

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across The Sea have helped us at the George Charles Secondary School, St. Lucia to revitalize our crusty old library, previously filled with dusty second-hand tomes - thanks to their generosity and the enthusiastic assistance offered by their local representative, we now have fresh, bright, attractive and inspiring new titles.

Children come to our school, for the most part, with significant literacy challenges - books and reading are not their friends - the new library is helping to change these attitudes and will be an invaluable resource in the efforts we make to improve the prospects of the students in our care.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am writing on behalf of the Pares Secondary School in Antigua. Hands Across the Seas have given two donations to our school and we are very grateful to the Linkseys for choosing us. The books include a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, catering for both students and teachers. Included also, were specially selected books for younger readers and those with special reading needs.
As the resident Teacher/Librarian at the school; I have observed that the School's reading population have increased greatly, as students enjoy coming to browse or borrow books which hold their varied interests. I admire the passion and commitment from the Linkseys and wish them continued success as they endeavor to increase literacy in schools which make up the Caribbean.

Stephanie D. Caesar-Maxime

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Client Served

Rating: 5

On behalf of the Pares Secondary School in Antigua, we wish to say a heartfelt thank you to Hands Across the Sea, Inc. Their donation to our School Library has greatly increased our Literacy Program, by providing materials from which our students can benefit. As the School's Librarian; I have observed that our students are greatly motivated and excited to read more often because of the variety of books we have received from Hands. We are very grateful and look forward to continued relationship with them! Stephanie D. Caesar-Maxime, Teacher/Librarian

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Soufriere Primary School found on the south-western coast of Saint Lucia in the West Indies is eternally grateful to Hands Across The Sea who has been one of our school’s greatest supporters of books and literacy. They have helped us tremendously with the quantity and quality of books in our library. Blessedly; their advice is not just limited to books but they have shared with us various ways in which we could make our library more fun and interesting for our students. They have continuously provided us with supplementary texts and activity books which have been widely used in our delivery of instruction. We are very appreciative of their assistance and thank them immensely for always considering our school and students. Thanks a million! Continue the good deeds Hands Across The Sea!

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Client Served

Rating: 3

Hands Across the Sea has made it possible for a small rural primary school in the Eastern Caribbean with no space for a large school library to start individual class libraries. The books are student friendly, informative and serve as a means of opening the minds of students to a world that they would not otherwise see. Thank you Hands Across the Sea for giving us the opportunity to partner with you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean from 2013 to 2015, I partnered closely with Hands Across the Sea throughout my service. They are a fantastic organization. My Peace Corps assignment was as a literacy teacher and library developer at my village's primary school on the island of Dominica. Hands sent my school two wonderful donations of brand-new books and library materials, which transformed the literacy environment in my community. What sets Hands apart from other organizations is their commitment to local ownership. In-country staff provide a vital link between the community educators at the local level and Hands admin. Celia, the Hands Dominica Coordinator, continually communicates with the school principals on the island and makes routine visits to each library that Hands supports. Hands' approach ensures that community members are involved and empowered with tools and resources to keep each library sustainable and relevant in the community that it serves. An all-around outstanding organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Sea is an amazing organization!!! It links students and teachers in the Caribbean with relevant resources and books, many written by local Caribbean Authors. I am a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and partnered with Hands Across the Sea for about three years. The organization assists with organizing fundraising, communicates with in country staff, ensures to meet needs of individual schools, and follows through with setting up of libraries once books have arrived.
Because of the partnership with Hands Across the Sea- the L'Esterre Rosary School in Carriacou, Grenada now has a functioning library with circulating books and learning materials.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The work done by Hands Across The Sea, Inc far outweighs expectations. My school has been served for the past four years and i am impressed with the level of accountability maintained. The books provided have greatly enhanced the literacy program at the Tete Morne Primary School. The students are excited to check books out and the love for reading has grown. The school's goal is to have every child who is not otherwise hampered reading at grade level within the next three years.

I love the operations of the organization, the way in which the school needs are checked, books provided in a timely manner, visits from personnel of Hands Across Seas and the eagerness shown by the workers to help. God bless you and may he multiply your giving back to you a hundred fold

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a client served by Hands Across Sea, I can honestly rate them higher than 5 stars. their response to my request was prompt and professional. more than that, the books sent are excellent, new, interesting, colourful and child friendly. As principal i appreciate this partnership and look forward to further working with Hands Across Sea.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We at Westerhall Secondary School are very grateful to Hands Across the Sea for their assistance in re-establishing our school's library. Their contribution of books has made a great difference to our student population as well as our teachers. We have seen an increase in the number of students making use of the library. Hats off to Hands Across the School!!! Hip, hip hooray!!! We look forward to a continued relationship as we strive to improve the literacy level of our students.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea continues to deliver awesome service and the highest quality product. Speaking on behalf of a learning institution which has been fortunate enough to benefit first hand from their generous contributions, I can honestly state that the organisation has made a profound impact in literacy at the schools in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Hands has succeeded in creating a heightened state of awareness re, the importance of reading as part of the holistic development of the individual.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As the librarian at one of the largest secondary schools in Grenada, Hands accross the sea has been a tremendous help in initiating the re- establishment of our school's library. The amount and quality of the books recieved has been a great motivation towards getting the student excited about reading. And we are very grateful for the job their organisation is doing. Olivia Phillip Librarian, Grenville Secondary

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across The Sea has a great passion for literacy. I love their enthusiasm, their dedication and their willingness to assist schools with their library programmes. As a non-profit organization you are doing an excellent job in partnering with schools to raise the literacy levels of students across the Caribbean.

We, the principal, staff and students of the C. W. Prescod Primary School are grateful for your contribution and look forward to your assistance in enhancing our library programme.

Thank you! Thank You!

Client Served

Rating: 4

The programme for Adolescent Mothers in Grenada extend their greatest thanks to Hands Across the Sea for their wonderful support and kind donation of books, stationery and toys to the young mothers. these gifts were greatly appreciated by the students and staff of the programme.

Once again much thanks to Hands Across the Sea!

Shar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Hands Across The Sea. Thank you so very much for the passion and devotion you have shown to the staff and students of the Piaye Combined School and St,Lucia at large. Piaye Combined will remain forever grateful to this amazing organization. You have not only donated books and school supplies but you have certainly changed the educational landscape of my students and provided them with richer and deeper learning experiences. Thank you so much for giving of yourselves.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea- An Organisation of Inspiration and Hope.

Mr and Mrs Linskey are true champions in the cause of our children's educational development. We are extremely grateful for the many donations made to the Piaye Combined School and the many linkages and partnerships we have established as a result of this organization. Through their efforts, the students of the Piaye Combined School have been ushered into a new dimension of their future which will certainly change the course of their lives forever.

The notable and eminent clinical psychologist, teacher and child therapist Haim Ginott asserts “I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.”

And if Hands Across the Sea were to ever meet Dr. Ginott and he were to ask them, were you a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration, We the staff and students of the Piaye Combined School would hasten to say, they most definitely were an instrument of inspiration.”

That's what you have been to us, an instrument of inspiration and hope. Thank you from all of our hearts-

Sharon McDonald -Piaye Combined


Client Served

Rating: 5

Greetings from Stephanie Browne Primary |School ,Clifton, Union Island, a little Island in the Grenadines.
Since Hands visited us about five years ago our school has seen a great improvement in our Library resource and thus a significant improvement in students reading levels. The interest showed by Hands Across the Seas in our children's development is greatly appreciated by our parents, staff and students.
Hands has has shown what it really means to make an impact to humanity.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Sea has identified with Jungle Bay Resort and Spa's Open Book Open Mind Program to enhance the Literacy Program at the Petite Savanne Primary School here in Dominica. Hands has cotinued to supply the type of pupil friendly books that has kept our pupils reading. THANK YOU HANDS and all involed in this wonderful venture,we are seeing the impact.

Oliver Samuel
Principal

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Client Served

Rating: 3

Hands Across the Sea has joined with Open Books Open Minds to supply books to the school library at Petite Savanne Primary a developing school in Dominica. We have received books from hands across the sea and I want to say "Hats Off" to them for the selection. This library initiative has indeed boosted pupils' reading. They read more and they read better. The 2011 National Assessment results revealed that 100% of our Grade 2 & 4 pupils were reading at or above class level. this made us very proud and I attribute alot of this tothe functioning library at school.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, we are the Staff and Students of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School located in Dominica. We were one of the first Secondary Schools which was adopted and loved by this wonderful and dedicated organisation.

Prior to Hands' generous and overwhelming contributions, our school's library contained only out-dated books and very few resources. Additionally, the room required a complete make-over. We saw no light at the end of the tunnel.

Thankfully however, through Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Bardouille we were introduced to the "Hands Family." From that day forward, our partnership has continued to blossom.

We came from literally nothing to a completely new Literacy Centre and a refurbished Library with attractive, exciting, updated and meaningful fiction and non-fiction books. We worked tirelessly through summers and other holidays with Harriet and Tom as our ever- guiding earthly angels.

Our school will never forget your generosity, patience, kindness, sponsorship and hard work.

Presently, our reading population has improved significantly and our students simply love to visit both the library and literacy centre.

We can never say thank you enough to the Board of directors, volunteers and Tom and Harriet. Know that we will be eternally grateful.

And any school or institution who partners with "Hands Across the Sea" indeed, they are in great hands.

Sandra Roberts on behalf of the Isaiah Thomas Secondary School.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the principal of the Castle Bruce Secondary School in Dominica. Our students had the desire to read but the books in our library were outdated and not student friendly. Some of these books were not even at our students level or within their experiential background- just irrelevant. In addition the room in which we kept the books was a wooden house which was slowly deteriorating. I used to hold my head and wonder what to do. There was a hole in the floor. Students still came to check for books in spite of the limitations.Then the Lord sent the Hands Across the sea to my rescue.
We got beautiful, new, colorful, relevant, age-level friendly books for our library. Not only did we get books but our library was also repaired and painted and Hands Across the sea gave us an air condition unit. My goodness, this is by far the best thing that has happened at our school in the last five years. There are no words to describe what the work and donations of books by Hands Across the sea mean to us. It is just too good to be true. Thank you Hands across the Sea and we look forward to your continued support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Altruistic, munificent, and benevolent are three of the words that the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School - Campus A family find fitting to describe the magnificent work of Hands Across the Sea, Inc.

The donation of over three hundred books that we received from the organisation in 2012 (through the efforts of peace corps volunteer, Adam Wohlman) has enhanced the literacy programme at our school; the students absolutely love the latest additions of fiction and non fiction books.

We are also elated to have won the Hands Across the Sea Literacy Award in March of this year (2014). This award is accompanied by US$1000 worth of new and exciting books which the students eagerly await.

We commend Hands Across the Sea Inc and wish to make special mention of Harriet, Tom and Colin. We are extremely grateful for their interest and commitment in developing the literacy skills of the Caribbean's children.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea from Dr. Cadelia Ambrose (Principal), the staff and students of Vieux Fort Comprehensive - Campus A.


Jeanne Lawrence
Learning Resource Center Manager
Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School
Campus A
Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Principal, Staff and students of the Beach Allen Primary School in St. Kitts-Nevis, have welcomed the intervention of Hands Across the Sea in the restructuring of our school's library. Our school had just refurbished the library and had received books from another donor when Hands Across the Sea came and shared great ideas on structuring.

They did not just share but also provided some materials for cataloging our books and making it more simplified for the Librarian and students. They also gave us some of the Hardy Boys and Enid Blyton Series to add to our collection.

We are indeed grateful for their timely intervention and contribution. We pray God's blessings on all the volunteers and partners as they seek to educate our world's children; as only through literacy we can become reasonable citizens and make them better people.

Kudos to the organizers continue your good work. Keep the faith; because faith without good work is dead and good work without faith is just O because God is not in it.

Be blessed!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Principal, Staff and students of the Fancy Government School, St. Vincent and the Grenadines would like to say a hearty thank you to Hands across the sea for the donations they have made to us.
They have donated a wide range of reading material that caters to the needs of all the pupils from the slow readers to the independent readers. They have also given us some information on how to set up a school library and promised to donate more books in the future.
What they are doing is a very worthwhile venture as reading is an integral part of the school. If children cannot read then they cannot do the other subject area properly.
we are therefore thankful for the worthy venture.