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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 is an amazing group who have done wonderful thing for school libraries on my Island, Nevis. They listen and try as much as possible to get books that meet the students needs and the librarians requests. They always give books in excellent condition with relevant content. We on Nevis are truly grateful to Hands Across the Sea for the generous donations to school libraries over the year.........We pray Gods Guidance on them as the continue to do their best to improve literacy in the region.

Thanks
Londa Brown
Librarian

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is with grateful hearts we at Victoria School for Special Education say thank you to Hands Across the Sea for an invaluable supply of books contributed to our school. Our students are still enthusiastic and cannot wait for their scheduled reading period to delve into those exciting stories with their teachers and peers.

We were able to start our school library with the supply of books. Through the efforts of Hands Across the Sea, Literacy has improved at our institution.

THANK YOU HANDS ACROSS THE SEA!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are immensely and eternally thankful for the assistance of books for the commencement of our reading project at Babonneau Secondary School. Hands Across the Sea also made it possible for us to obtain classroom cupboards for our classroom libraries.

I am extremely impressed with the alacrity with which our request was met. Moreover, we are certain that Hands Across the Sea has changed the literacy awareness at our school and also students' interests in books. Our students are very enthused about the classroom libraries and they are asking for MORE BOOKS. This is truly remarkable and an immeasurable progress towards making our students and country more literate.

We thank the wonderful team at Hands Across the Sea for changing our lives and we look for further assistance to complete our classroom library reading project.

Our gratitude is BOUNDLESS! THANK YOU.

Mrs. Rosemond-Alphonse
Teacher
Babonneau Secondary School
St. Lucia

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands across the sea has literally throw us here at the Charles E.Mills Secondary School a life line, just in the nick of time. A time where our library was on the brink of going dormant.This library saver approached us and has revamped our school's library by generously donating books that the students and staff can't seem to get enough of.Our library membership has grown tremendously since we received the shipment of books from this nonprofit organization.Today we can proudly boast that we now have a functioning library that serves students of all academic abilities and teachers.Some students have even asked about getting more books as they have read majority of the supply that was sent to us,and for us here at the Charles E.Mills Secondary School is a big plus .It simply means that our students are reading and enjoying it.
Once again we are so thankful for the immeasurable donation

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Sea has played a major role in the reopening of The Anglican High School Library (Grenada).When we approached as possible recipients of a shipment of books, the space available to house the library was used as a store room for the materials from the science labs that were destroyed by hurricane Ivan in 2004. Luckily for us though, new labs were recently constructed and were being stocked with materials stored in the library space. We were required to do one thing; transform the space with shelves. This we did in anticipation of receiving the donation of books. We immediately went to work. The space was transformed and we were ready to accept the promised gift of books.
The books finally arrived and today our library is fully functional. We have seen a renewed interest in reading. On a daily basis students are filled with excitement borrowing and reading books.
On behalf of the Principal, Staff, and Students of The Anglican High School, our profound gratitude is extended to Hands Across the Sea and other donors. Your gift is contributing to enhancing reading and literacy in general among our students.
Kim P

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Client Served

Rating: 3

Hands Across the sea has been a blessing to the St.Joseph's Convent, Grenville. The immeasurable donationof books has helped the students greatly in improving their reading potential and their literacy skills.Our library was recently constructed and was in a high demand for books and thanks to your organization , wecan now boast of a resource center that can cater to the needs of our children.Thanks Hands Across the sea.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The impact of Hands Across theSea cannot be underestimated. At the CrochuR C School we have been struggling to find appropriate reading material for students to read leisurely for quite some time. Hands Across the Sea came to our rescue not only by donating books but also organised a competent team of volunteers who assisted in the re organisation of our library. Today we are proud to say we have a functioning library that serves our students and even some of our parents. Hats of to Hands Across the Sea.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across The Sea has been a life saver as it relates to its donation of books to the Buccament Bay Secondary. They assisted us when we were a mere two boxes of books and a room and have basically become our major contributors of reading material. Hands Across the Sea has provided the opportunity for our students to interface with additional reading materials that they would not normally have been able to do. The books provided are of various genres and the boys are enjoying a number of them. A number of the titles are on 'The WANTED' list as the students clamor for them. Thanks 'Hands Across the Sea' as you have impacted and touched many lives by providing additional experiences through books.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Seas has been a blessing to the Woodfordhill Primary School. The immeasurable impact their donations have had on our school and our students is indeed mentionable and commendable. The benefits of these art and reading materials are far reaching as it will be recognized in the achievements of our present and future students.
The mere word thank you will not be able to properly express our heartfelt gratitude to Tim, Harriet and all others involved in the operations of this great enterprise. However, since this is the only available medium we at the Woodfordhill Primary hopes it suffice, Thank you and may blessings continue to flow your way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hands Across the Sea donated several boxes of books to our school's library and for that we are truly grateful. They have given our school an opportunity to continue building readers. Our students are estatic about the new books and are getting involved in reading and sharing what they read. Thank you again to the members of Hands Across the Sea you are truly helping us build leaders but ensuring that they are great readers.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Hands Across the Seas is a gift to Pioneer Prep. We are grateful for the fine quality of books and other teaching/learning materials received. These have enhanced our lessons and delighted our students! The D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything and Read) period certainly has become more interesting. A million thanks to Tim, Harriette, Hands Across the Seas and all its benefactors. Pioneer Prep has started a new friendship that is close to our hearts. The best is wished for you!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School records its deep appreciation to Hands Across the Sea for the countless donations of books and other supplies for the school library. Our children continue to benefit from these donations.

Congratulations to Hands Across the Sea for the marvellous work being done to enhance reading and improve literacy in our school.
MLescott ( Principal, EPPS)

1 Avemaria

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hats off to Hands Across the Sea!
This organization is responsible for the excitement in reading at the Cane End Government School. We are grateful to Hands Across the Sea for the more than generous contributions to our school library and in fact our Literacy program in general.What makes Hands stand out among all other donors is that they are the only ones who have ever donated brand new books.We are happy to have this team of dedicated men and women as partners in Literacy.We value this partnership !

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands across the Sea is a great organisation.We value this partnership with Hands Across the Sea as together we help to erase illiteracy .We can boast of a thriving library because of the generous donations of hundreds of books.Our students are excited .Most of them are now hooked on Books.Teachers are more than excited because they have books of all genres to help build students reading and comprehension skills.Thank you Hands .Keep up the good work.!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hats off to Hands Across the Sea !! The work that this organization does is incredibly beneficial to thousands of children in our region, the Caribbean. The books received by Kids Unlimited School are of such a high quality and range of interest that our students look forward to the shipment arriving. They enjoy watching as the boxes are unpacked and eagerly await the books being placed in the library and available to them each Friday. Library day is always fraught with excitement so that new worlds can be explored through the books! Reading is an important part of our work here at Kids Unlimited School, and the wider the scope of material presented the better for our students.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea for a job well done,

Warm Regards,






Amaryllis Weeks



KIDS UNLIMITED SCHOOL
P.O.Box W 92
Scotts Hill
St. John’s
Antigua
Tel: 268 734-1834
Fax: 268 461-0414
Cel: 268 723-1556

Creative Learning in a Loving Environment
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http://www.kidsunlimitedschool-anu.com

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

The contribution of books that Hands Across the Sea has made to the All Saints secondary School Library is most invaluable. It has help to transform our school library by providing modern and relevant books that will better assist our students with their reading and research. Thank you Hands Across the Sea for your contribution.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

With little finance available, many schools in Grenada find it difficult to equip themselves with the adequate reading material for students. Four years ago,to our rescue, Hands Across The Sea came. We have received to date lots of books in this wonderful name.
The students of the St. Dominic’s R.C. School have at their disposal a wide variety of books. Thanks to Hands Across The Sea who has granted to us resources of tremendous value. What used to be a store room, you can now find a library. On a daily basis scores of students can be seen visiting and leaving with books in their hands and smiles on their faces.
Last year, our appeal to Hands Across The Sea for books for our boys have been answered. The arrival of three boxes of books, have sparked our boys’ interest. It is our hope that all our students reading level will continue to improve.
May God grant great blessings to Tom and Harriett and all donors to Hands Across The Sea for the great deeds they have done.

Cephas Ettienne

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has been an invaluable resource to the Charles E. Mills Secondary School, St. Kitts. It has facilitated the revamping of our school library so that it is now age appropriate and culturally relevant. We are better poised to meet our reading and research needs. Our academic capabilities have been greatly enhanced thanks to the generous donations of time and resources by the hard working staff of the Hands Across the Sea organization. Thanks Hands Across the Sea! Your contribution is much appreciated.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When Hands Across the Sea donated the first boxes of books, the whole school was excited at the gifts. The children who helped the Peace Corps volunteer enjoyed unpacking, carrying, stamping, coding and labelling the books. They could not get enough of the smell, look, feel and content of these gems. They could often be found lost in a book while stacking them onto the shelves. The library was uplifted and became an interesting place for the children and parents. Hands Across the Sea sent another set of books and even art supplies which both the staff and children enjoyed using to make cards, masks, collages, posters and charts across the curriculum. With these new additions, our school library keeps being an exciting place for visitors to the school. All the donations were timely and extremely useful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the literacy coordinator at the St.Joseph's Convent Grenville in the parish of St. Andrew. We are an all girls secondary school. I was extremely happy when Hands Across the Sea donated a few boxes of books to our school. The students were very happy to have been afforded the opportunity and exposure to these books. The library really needed books of that type which were the choice of the students. This has aroused their interest and motivation to read. We were also grateful for the presence of representatives from Hands Across the Sea who visited our school's library and gave us valuable suggestions as to the way we present and shelve the books in the library.
Thank you Hands Across the Sea for helping to motivate our girls and to raise the literacy level at our school.

1 Chazeal G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Seas has been a life saver for our school's library. My name is E Jonah Greene. I am the Principal of the Clare Hall Secondary School on the beautiful island of Antigua and Barbuda. Clare Hall is a co-ed high school with an enrollment of 829 students. Our library was inactive for many years. However, as an educator, I am of the firm belief that no institution of learning should be without a school library - a place where students could read and explore new adventures. Despite the advancements in technology, I still believe that one of the most beautiful image an educator could envision is a child wrapped up inside a book. Hands across the seas helped us to get back on track as far as reading is concerned. I fully endorse this charity as I have seen the benefits of their hard work first hand.

Thank you Hands Across the Sea!!!

E Jonah Greene
Principal

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Ses has made a tremendous difference in the quality of our school library at Willikies Primary School in Antigua, and I through their donation of books have greatly improve our ability to endeavor to get all our students up to an acceptable standard of literary. Thank you, continue to make a difference in the lives of students all over the world.

Denmore Roberts
principal