Creating a Culture of Reading @Home 


In South Africa a large portion of school children cannot just move to online learning at home and a majority still have minimal literacy resources at home. More than ever children need to have their own home library of books, magazines and writing resources. With this in mind, we have prepared Shine Literacy packs for every Grade 1, 2 and 3 child supported by our data-free Mobi-Site.

Our primary objective is to address systemic challenges at home and in the classroom which prevent children from learning to read and write at grade level. 

The Shine @home packs include books, stationery, children’s magazines and parental support materials and flyers. While our data-free Mobi-Site (Storytime) provides access to books in mother-tongue languages to all learners. Historically, we were not always able to provide books in mother- tongue. This new innovation means that learners are now able to hear books being read in their mother-tongue and can then read the same book in English, which has helped tremendously with comprehension.

Changing worlds at schools like Kannemeyer

With more regular givers we can do so much more.

Thank you for helping us increase children’s access to quality literacy resources and learning opportunities!

So far with your help, we have raised over R500 000 and counting.

We encourage you to partner with us by donating R150 to support the future of our children by ensuring they have access to early literacy and language resources.

Join our inner circle of regular givers and get


An exclusive welcome gift to begin your journey


A tax certificate at the end of the financial year


A surprise end-of-the-year souvenir


 Quarterly progress updates with stories from the field

Why give monthly?

It’s affordable:

By giving monthly, you invest in what makes sense for you while making an impact over the course of your giving.

It’s a community:

Joining the inner circle allows you to be in a community with a group of dedicated supporters who understand the importance of making a sustained contribution to better education outcomes.

Its sustained support:

Monthly gifts allow us to invest deeply in the communities we work in while providing much-needed rich resources at this time.

Banking details for donations:

Bank: Standard Bank
Account name: Shine Trust
Account no: 072861339
Branch code: 020909
Reference: Packs

For a donation via SnapScan:

Please note that SnapScan charges a 3% transaction fee (R4.50 of R150). If you would like to avoid this, please pay directly into our bank account.

Visit our donation page here and find out more on how you can empower children through early literacy.

Your contribution can ensure each child receives a reading resource such as:

  • A storybook;
  • A literacy game;
  • Creative writing material or the Little Issue magazine;
  • Parent packs with helpful tips on how parents can support children with paired and storybook reading.
  • Access to a wide range of books, rhymes, resources to support parents/caregivers and so much more on our data-free Mobi-Site (Storytime)

Through our campaign, we hope that each child we access can spread the love of reading and share their books and games with other children in their families and communities. Their parents will also be able to join Shine Literacy’s Community of Practice where they will receive tips on how to develop a culture of reading at home.

This will help improve the literacy outcomes of young children and will strengthen a culture of reading in South African homes and communities.