We are a non-profit organization and registered Canadian charity serving needy children and families in Deschapelles, Haiti with a children’s home, a school from preschool – grade 12, and community development initiatives. We employ local staff, thus encouraging economic development in the community.
Education · Character Development · Sustainability · Compassion
Hands Across the Sea currently has 17 beautiful children in full-time care, ranging in age from 0-18 years, who are cared for in a loving family-style environment. We are ready to receive additional orphans as the need arises in the community. In addition to caring for children in our home, we provide support to needy children and 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. Our goal is for all children to receive the loving care necessary for them to become healthy, contributing adults.
We offer a high quality education to over 500 children from preschool to grade 12 at our safe, well-constructed school campus, Institution Mixte Karen Huxter (IMKH). Registered with the Haitian Ministry of Education, our school follows the prescribed federal school curriculum, while working to incorporate modern approaches to teaching and learning. Ongoing teacher training and professional development help our teachers provide the highest quality education possible. Our school has an excellent reputation in the community and we are proud of our exceptional student success rate. Hungry children do not learn well. In order to help our students achieve their full potential, students are given a healthy, balanced hot meal mid-morning.
During the school year, we invite teachers from other community schools to participate in professional development opportunities at our school.
Hands Across the Sea is an integral part of the communities of the Artibonite valley. We employ local staff and pay fair wages as part of our commitment to building strong families and strong communities. Hands Across the Sea provides ongoing outreach to the wider community through practical assistance including emergency assistance, community development programs and community partnerships.
Hands Across the Sea partners with Radio Creole, a local radio station broadcasting commentary advocating responsibly citizenry, strong community values, Christian messages and music as well as community service updates. Visitors to Hands Across the Sea are often welcomed to share music and insights live on the radio.
We are also proud to support local community groups and youth soccer teams with soccer jerseys and balls, encouraging young men and women to get involved in healthy activity. In a country with rampant unemployment among young people and very few recreational opportunities, we are happy to offer practical support for this type of community initiative. One of our future goals is to convert land behind our school to a functional grass soccer field to be used by our school students and community groups.
Hands Across the Sea 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, cornmeal and oil. In addition, Hands Across the Sea provides emergency financial aid and clothing distribution to families in crisis. Our Christmas food program is a community development initiative that provides families in our community with a gift of food staples to help them celebrate the Christmas season.