HATS - Haiti

What if you could change a child's life forever?

Our Vision

Hands Across the Sea believes that children are the key to Haiti’s future. Through education, children will become leaders in their families, in their communities and in their country.

Our Mission

Our goal as an organization is to educate children to be the future leaders of the country. Children thrive within healthy families and supportive communities.

Be part of the story


days in Haiti to volunteer and make a difference


people in each group (maxiumum)


US dollars each group member must raise for food, travel and lodging in Haiti


We are a non-profit organization serving needy children and families in Deschapelles, Haiti.

This interdenominational Christian ministry is comprised of a children’s home, a school from preschool – grade 10, and community development initiatives.

Hands Across the Sea currently has 16 children in full-time care

but we are ready to receive additional orphans as the need arises. Cared for in a family-style environment, our children receive the loving care necessary for them to become healthy, contributing adults.

Our school has over 400 children enrolled in preschool to grade 10

being taught by qualified Haitian teachers. The children receive a quality education as well as daily nutritional support. Our teachers receive ongoing professional development and as a result, our student success rate is excellent.

Hands Across the Sea also provides ongoing outreach to the wider community

through practical assistance including emergency assistance, community development programs and community partnerships. To combat rising malnutrition rates, we are currently providing nutritional support to needy families through the distribution of rice, beans and oil. In addition, Hands Across the Sea provides emergency financial aid and clothing distribution to families in crisis. Our Christmas goat and chicken program is a community development initiative that allows families to breed goats for sale or raise chickens to sell eggs, increasing their family income and contributing to the local economy. Additional community development projects are in the planning stages.

HATS-Haiti was founded by Canadian Karen Huxter

who has been living and ministering in the country of Haiti since 1995. Karen Huxter and Luckner Estimable direct the organization in conjunction with the Hands Across the Sea Association, a non-profit board of directors that oversees the organization in Canada and provides ministry direction as well as financial oversight. All donations in Canada are eligible for a tax receipt.

Revenue Canada Charity # 85686 5464 RR001