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Hands Across the Sea is dedicated
to raising the literacy levels
of Eastern Caribbean children
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Hands Across the Sea
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MORE THAN BOOKS. Our on-island Hands Literacy Links raise child literacy levels by creating lending libraries and sustaining the literacy gains. Find out more
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
35 projects assisted
31,070 books sent
6,190 children reached

87 projects assisted
51,430 books sent
12,280 children reached

25 projects assisted
25,670 books sent
5,450 children reached

63 projects assisted
45,380 books sent
16,000 children reached


53 projects assisted
40,950 books sent
11,730 children reached

46 projects assisted
18,490 books sent
12,340 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.