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Hands Across the Sea is dedicated
to raising the literacy levels
of Eastern Caribbean children
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Shop till we drop! Summer is book-buying time for the 2015-2016 Hands Wish Lists. Now is the perfect time to donate and get amazing new books to Caribbean kids!
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
28 projects assisted
19,809 books sent
5,300 children reached

77 projects assisted
42,480 books sent
10,020 children reached

16 projects assisted
19,830 books sent
3,510 children reached

55 projects assisted
40,300 books sent
14,120 children reached


46 projects assisted
36,370 books sent
9,890 children reached

39 projects assisted
12,990 books sent
9,040 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.