Shine’s vision is of an Africa where every child can read and write. Its aim is to help alleviate poverty in Africa by tackling one of its root causes – illiteracy – in the poorest areas by setting up schools specialising in providing free literacy education. The charity’s target beneficiaries are poor and vulnerable children in urban shanty towns and rural areas, where poverty levels are high and literacy rates are low.
Shine’s primary function is to financially support its local branch, Shine Zambia, which conducts charitable activities for achieving our objectives – see Our Current Work. Shine is helping to educate underprivileged children in Lusaka, Zambia by providing free literacy education to children who were previously out of school and illiterate, and who are living in poverty. Shine set up its first literacy school in January 2007 in a shanty town called Kalikiliki, an urban ‘compound’ 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 townships.