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Hands Across the Sea is dedicated
to raising the literacy levels
of Eastern Caribbean children
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A Clear Vision
We are a group of people who believe in the life-changing power of reading and literacy. We believe that every child in the Eastern Caribbean should have access to a lending library of great books. We see that the Caribbean is a beautiful place, but we also see the real need to raise child literacy levels throughout the region. And we're doing everything in our power to change the child literacy landscape for the better.
. . . with Hands Wish Lists projects
The Hands Wish Lists are the foundation of our assistance. Each year, we ask educators which books and resources they need, we put their Wish Lists up for "adoption" on our website, and we do our utmost to fund and fulfill the requests. But this is a two-way street—we require buy-in from recipients. We insist upon full and proper utilization of the aid we send. And we require their commitment to sustaining the gains in literacy. For how we select Hands Wish Lists projects, please see our CLASS page.

. . .with Hands Literacy Links
Our Literacy Links are passionate, professional people (many are former educators) who live on-island and work closely with Hands Wish Lists projects to maximize gains in child literacy. We depend on our Literacy Links to help get book and resource shipments to their destination, for hands-on problem-solving and mentoring, and in finding and evaluating potential Hands Wish Lists projects.

. . . with authors and publishers
Every year, we purchase tens of thousands of new children's books from two dozen or so leading publishers (Hands Publishing Partners), and we work with—and are looking for—authors of children's books that are appropriate for Caribbean children. Do you have material that fits our needs? Contact us.

. . . with our logistics angels
Without our logistics angels—Harte-Hanks, Inc., AIT Worldwide Logistics, and Tropical Shipping—we woud not be able to get books to Caribbean kids. Please see our Hands Logistics Angels for more about these companies, and see our CLASS page for a quick primer on how we sort, pack, and ship.

. . . with Hands private donors
Much of our support comes from caring individuals. We are happy to channel a gift to a specific project, and we can connect donors with locals to visit or volunteer. Contact us anytime!

. . . with Hands corporate donors
We receive significant, multi-year support from corporate donors and foundations (see our Charitable Partners page). We are happy to publicize their generous funding and to connect members of their organization directly with the children and educators they are assisting.
Harriet Linskey
Executive Director • Hands Co-Founder

Harriet's responsibilities include developing relationships in the Eastern Caribbean, fundraising, overseeing the CLASS program, setting up the logistics infrastructure, managing finances and working with donors, recipients, volunteers and board members. She is a trained secondary education teacher with five years of experience teaching English, Journalism, and Art History in New Zealand and Japan. At a rural secondary school in New Zealand, Harriet led the refurbishment of a dismal library and saw firsthand how the addition of new and relevant books can inspire all levels of readers. Before co-founding Hands Across the Sea, Harriet was for 18 years a marketing and sales executive. Harriet has a B. A. from Yale and a Diploma of Teaching from the Auckland College of Education, New Zealand. e-mail Harriet

Tom "T.L." Linskey
Marketing Director • Hands Co-Founder

Tom Linskey uses his 30 years of writing, editing, and photography experience to design and update the Hands website and create print and video materials for Hands. Back in 1986 T.L. built his own sailboat and sailed it, with Harriet, from California to Mexico, the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, and Japan. T.L. also raced sailboats; he was a three-time world champion crewman in the Olympic 470 class and a member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic Yachting team. e-mail TL

Hannah Knecht
Program Director

Hannah collaborates with Hands Literacy Links to design resources for supporting teachers, students, and school libraries. Hannah has nine years of teaching experience, a Masters Degree in Education, and is the author of Slow and Steady Get Me Ready for Kindergarten. She brings her creativity and background to Hands Across the Sea by providing strategies that inspire vibrant, enthusiastic ideas, positive energy, and encouragement in Hands library projects. e-mail Hannah

Hands Board of Directors
Ewart LeBlanc, Chairman
Xerox Executive (retired)
Allegra Asplundh-Smith
Goldman Sachs Wealth Advisor & Returned U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer
Jane Glennie Babbitt
Children’s librarian (retired) and sailor of the Eastern Caribbean
Joanie Cohen
Literacy Project Director, Creative Associates International
Leah Garratt
Assistant Superintendent, Mono, California, County Office of Education (retired)

Margo Jeanchild
Chief of Training, U.S. Peace Corps (retired)
Julie Kazmierski
Chief Impact Officer, Institute for Social Entrepreneurship
Damian Knecht
Fifth grade public school teacher, Loudoun County, Virginia
Hannah Knecht
Program Director, Hands Across the Sea

Harriet Linskey
Co-founder and Executive Director, Hands Across the Sea
Tom "T.L." Linskey
Co-founder and Marketing Director, Hands Across the Sea
Laura Pascal
Homemaker devoted to helping kids learn to love reading and books

Soraya Gustave
Retired banker and Rotary Club president
Scott Spring
Strategic Product Development, CVS Health
Jim Thomsen
Circumnavigator, adventurer, humanitarian
Katie Thomsen
Circumnavigator, adventurer, humanitarian

Hands Advisors
Shermaine Bardouille Learning Support Advisor, Ministry of Education, Dominica
Jeremiah Hyacinth Founder and CEO, World Scholar and Uni-Recruitment, Inc.
Harry Klein Marketing Consultant
Kathy Oberle Founder, Boaters for Books
Hands Annual Report
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