Hands Across the Sea
Watching students discover the joy and wonder of reading is magical.
Helping children learn to read and enjoy reading is at the heart of Hands Across the Sea, a U.S.-based nonprofit dedicated to raising children’s literacy in the Eastern Caribbean. The program provides onsite libraries and literacy support at primary and secondary schools. Nearly 11,000 students across 52 primary and secondary schools in Antigua and Barbuda benefit from the Hands program each year.
Hands began its presence in Antigua in 2010 with the donation of several thousand books to three island schools, and it has steadily grown since then. Age-appropriate books are specially chosen with cultural relevance and children’s interests in mind, and the program includes regularly scheduled school library time.