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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

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!

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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