We work in Zambia, a land-locked country in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has a population of around 13 million. Zambia is a poor country, with the majority of its population living below the poverty line. Most of these live in poor urban shanties or ‘compounds’, which are neglected by the government. The vast majority of people living in compounds are illiterate.
Shine set up its first literacy school in January 2007 in a compound called Kalikiliki, an urban township on the outskirts of Lusaka. The school is called Shine Zambia Reading Academy and currently has an enrolment of around 200 orphans and vulnerable children from nearby communities.