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Hands Across the Sea, Inc.

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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is just awesome to partner with Hands across the Sea as we at W.H.S.S. endeavor to improve our students reading competencies. Due to the support of H. A. S. our school library has become a wonderful place where both our students and teachers can now borrow books to meet their varying needs, such as reading for pleasure and making research. Moreover, by implementing a variety of reading programmes, we are proud to report that our library patrons, both boys and girls are becoming active readers who are enthusiastic about books. It is such a pleasure to see them search for the next book in their favourite series! Without the faithful support of our partners, Hands across the sea, such literacy milestones in the lives of our students would have been far more difficult to achieve. Heartfelt thank you Hands across the sea for such a big vision to partner with us as we strive to give every student in our institution a chance to become a successful reader. May God richly bless you.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a literacy specialist at a primary school in the Caribbean. Thanks to the books and other materials we received from Hands Across The Sea, we have been able to greatly improve and update our school library. The guidance in doing so was also greatly appreciated. The students, the teachers, and the community of Grand Roy all thank you greatly!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Ms Lisa Thomlinson and her team are passionate about the library program in the schools. She has gone above and beyond to ensure that the school library is functional to enable students to develop a love for reading. The assistance provided by Hands Across the Sea will assist in the improvement of the overall literacy at the school.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In the last sentence of the review I wrote, the word 'not' should be 'now'. The line should read: Thanks to Hands Across the Sea and the Linskeys our library is now able to cater to the growing reading needs of our students!!!!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Clare Valley Government School where I work as the reading teacher and the Librarian was greatly in need of an injection of books for its library. Through a ministry of education official, we got in touch with the Linskeys and hands across the sea!!! From the moment they walked into our small, library, they started telling us how the library can be both upgrarded and maintained. True to their word, they supplied us with books and other much needed library supplies. The students who are the recipient of those supplies and books are so grateful!!! They now frequent the library and assist quite eagerly in managing the library and care of the books. Thanks to Hands Across the Sea and the Linskeys our library is not able to cater to the growing reading needs of our students!!!!!
Name: Asif Collin Dover
Role: Reading teacher and Librarian
School: Clare Valley Government School
Country: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Angela55

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has"sailed" into St.Lucia and has brought about changes to the lives of our children. Harriet and Tom have provided very interesting books to a number of schools which have helped to start school libraries or to refurbish existing ones. In the rural ares, where children now have access to authentic literature, we are now seeing students who are interested in reading; boys who are motivated to read and students who now read during their leisure time.

As the Curriculum Specialist for English Language, I value the support that they are giving to our schools and the impact that their contribution is making to the Literacy development of our country.

As we celebrate 'Reading Awareness Month" in May, I know that more students are able to get access to more books through Hands Across the Sea.

Thank you Tom and Harriet. Keep up the great job!

Angela Mariatte

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I applaud the ongoing efforts of Tom & Harriet Linskey in providing books for our school libraries. I have known them for over five years and I admire their commitment to ensuring that children experience the world through reading. I think that they are doing an excellent job in this area. I have experienced their generous donations at Joycelyn Liburd Primary School and at Elizabeth Pemberton Primary School.
Top commendations are in order for them both.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Mill Reef Fund, a charitable trust dedicated to improving lives in Antigua and Barbuda, has partnered with Hands Across the Sea for the last two years in order to equip school libraries in Antigua and Barbuda. It has been a pleasure to work with Harriet Linskey and her fellow volunteers as they have efficiently collected and shipped books, built meaningful relationships among key school personnel in Antigua and Barbuda, and supplied the school libraries with essential tips and guidelines on successful operation of their new libraries. Their commitment and passion to promote literacy across these twin-island communities is evident in their research of potential sites, execution of delivery and set-up, and follow through to ensure each school's success. They are making a big and lasting impact and we could not do it without them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea has donated several boxes of books to my school. As result of the donation many students have improve in their reading.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hands Across the Sea is a really great nonprofit that has been bringing books and much needed school supplies to the Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. As Education Officer in the Department of Education, I can truly say that this organization is a blessing to not only the schools but the public libraries as well. Getting children's books can be very costly and some of our schools have some real "anemic" supply of books for their libraries. The Special Education school on Nevis has also benefited from Hands Across the Sea generosity that they are able to view videos with their new flat screen television, compliments Hands Across the Sea. The principals from the various schools do look forward to receiving boxes of books from Hands Across the Seas. Hands Across the Sea has donated books to 4 schools on the island of Nevis and 2 public libraries. Hands Across the Sea has really helped a developing country like Nevis educate its young.