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Hands Across the Sea is dedicated
to raising the literacy levels
of Eastern Caribbean children
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The 2014-2015 Hands Wish Lists shipment is our best ever! Now is the time to take action for Caribbean children by adopting a Hands Wish Lists project
We Believe
Do you believe in the life-changing power of literacy? Do you believe that every child should grow up reading? Join us to bring positive, lasting change to the lives of children in the Eastern Caribbean.
that every child should grow up reading
22 projects assisted
23,000 books sent
3,980 children reached

62 projects assisted
33,600 books sent
8,500 children reached

13 projects assisted
14,800 books sent
3,300 children reached

41 projects assisted
31,850 books sent
9,800 children reached


42 projects assisted
30,500 books sent
9,200 children reached

28 projects assisted
6,300 books sent
16,300 children reached
CLASS Program
Great Books
We send great new books, the titles requested by Caribbean educators, from the world's top publishers. These are amazing, age-appropriate books that get kids hooked on reading.
Lending Libraries
We help create or rejuvenate lending libraries, most often in schools. Vibrant lending libraries are the nucleus, and a love of reading and literacy spreads throughout schools and into homes and communities.
Sustained Gains
Our Hands Wish Lists and CLASS programs sustain the gains in literacy. Through mentoring, methodology, and on-site Hands Literacy Links, we're raising child literacy levels in the Caribbean.
Other groups send worn-out, inappropriate books to Caribbean kids. Hands sends great new asked-for books from leading education and children's book publishers. Browse the Hands Wish Lists—they're the foundation of our targeted, highly effective child literacy assistance.
The proven three-step solution of our CLASS (Caribbean Literacy and School Support) program—great books, lending libaries, sustainable gains—is bringing a wave of change to the child literacy landscape of the Eastern Caribbean.