About HATS

Sponsors needed for students. Contact Liette (liette.hatshaiti@gmail.com) for more information or see the sponsor page.

Hands Across the Sea – Haiti (HATS-Haiti) is a non-profit organization serving needy children and families in Deschappelles, Haiti.  This interdenominational Christian ministry is comprised of a children’s home, a school from preschool – grade 9, and a community outreach program.

School students enjoying their daily hot meal

Hands Across the Sea  children are cared for in a family-style environment, our children receive the loving care necessary for them to become healthy, contributing adults.

Sandra enjoys the swing

Sandra enjoys the swing

Our school has more than 230 children enrolled in preschool to grade 9 being taught by qualified Haitian teachers.  The children receive a quality education as well as daily nutritional support.  Hands Across the Sea is also involved in providing ongoing outreach to the wider community through financial and nutritional support and clothing distribution to needy families.

HATS-Haiti was founded and is directed by Canadian Karen R. Huxter who has been living and ministering in the country of Haiti since 1995.  Hands Across the Sea Association, a non-profit board of directors, oversees the organization in Canada and provides ministry direction as well as financial oversight.  All donations in Canada are eligible for a tax receipt.

Karen and the children

Karen and the children

Children’s Home

The Hands Across the Sea children’s home has a number children in full-time care who are cared for in a loving family-style arrangement.  We have constructed a second home, which is now occupied.   In addition to caring for children in our children’s home, we provide support to needy children and their families in the community in order to maintain the family unit whenever possible.  By providing financial support, food aid and school sponsorship, we can help families care for their orphaned nieces, nephews, cousins, or siblings.

All smiles in their new dresses

All smiles in their new dresses

Community Outreach
Our community outreach includes providing financial aid and nutritional support for families in great need, clothing distribution, and assistance in covering medical costs at the nearby hospital.  We work in collaboration with local churches and we support local organizations and initiatives whenever possible.  As part of our ongoing community outreach, we help widows and the elderly who have little or no family support.

Since the earthquake that struck on January 12 2010, Haiti has faced cholera, hurricanes,and lost crops due to flooding. HATS-Haiti has been distributing aid, clothing, and food staples to families devastated by the ongoing setbacks.  We have also been able to provide financial help, food aid and have distributed goats and chickens to families in need.

Food and chickens help a local family

Food and chickens help a local family

HATS-Haiti is also proud to sponsor the Borel soccer team, encouraging young men and women to get involved in a healthy recreational activity. In a country with rampant unemployment among young people and very few recreational opportunities, we are happy to offer limited financial support for this community program.  And all of us enjoy cheering on our young men and women!


HATS Haiti is pleased to operate in partnership with EveryChildCounts…EveryStudentMatters.



Contact Karen by email at hats.haiti@gmail.com


Canadian tax receipts will be issued for all donations.
Charity # 85686 5464 RR0001

If you would like to donate, you can use the following credit cards through PayPal to do so online:

If you would like to sponsor a student, teacher, or staff member please go to our Sponsor page and click on the appropriate form to designate your wishes.

Or, for donations via cheque please forward funds to:

Hands Across The Sea Association
PO Box 101
Yarmouth, NS
Canada, B5A 4B1

Cheques payable to "Hands Across The Sea Association".


HATS Haiti is pleased to operate in partnership with:

EveryChildCounts…EveryStudentMatters, http://everychildcounts.ca

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