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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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Give the Gift of Literacy. Ready to make the difference that lasts a lifetime? We have 97 schools and over 24,000 kids ready to read: 2017-2018 Hands Wish Lists
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
41 projects assisted
33,055 books sent
8,540 children reached

85 projects assisted
61,330 books sent
11,660 children reached

39 projects assisted
31,050 books sent
12,350 children reached

74 projects assisted
53,970 books sent
22,430 children reached


70 projects assisted
58,400 books sent
17,320 children reached

54 projects assisted
27,690 books sent
16,360 children reached
CLASS Program
Amazing New Books
We send amazing, brand new books requested by Caribbean educators, from two dozen of the world's top publishers. These exciting, age-appropriate books get kids hooked on reading.
Vibrant Lending Libraries
We help create or rejuvenate lending libraries, most often in schools. Vibrant lending libraries are the nucleus that spreads a love of reading and literacy throughout schools and into homes and communities.
Sustained Literacy Gains
Our Hands Wish Lists and CLASS Program raises child literacy levels in the Caribbean. Our methodology, mentoring, and on-site Hands Literacy Links help sustain the gains in literacy.
Other groups send worn-out, "donation dumped" books to Caribbean kids. Hands sends brand new, asked-for books from the world's best publishers. Browse the Hands Wish Lists—that's where our targeted, highly effective child literacy assistance begins.
The proven three-step solution of our CLASS (Caribbean Literacy and School Support) Program—new amazing books, lending libaries, sustainable gains—is bringing a wave of change to the child literacy landscape of the Eastern Caribbean.