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Hands Across the Sea is dedicated
to raising the literacy levels
of Eastern Caribbean children
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Covid-19 Response: When children can't come to the school
library, our Takeaway Books Program brings the library to them.
"We're catching up!" The Hands Remedial Reading Toolkit, now in use at over 60 high schools, is a multifaceted resource for struggling readers. Click here to fund a Toolkit
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
49 projects assisted
64,405 books sent
9,730 children reached

88 projects assisted
105,167 books sent
12,364 children reached

79 projects assisted
63,019 books sent
21,526 children reached

45 projects assisted
58,764 books sent
13,333 children reached

97 projects assisted
99,932 books sent
28,853 children reached


102 projects assisted
112,663 books sent
23,735 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.