SHINE was established as a non-profit organisation in 1997 and was set up as the social justice arm of Living Waters Assembly of God (trading as Thrive Church). The purpose was to add value to, and uplift local impoverished communities. We did this through the mobilization of church members in various community projects such as feeding schemes and soup kitchens.

In 2010 we decided that we could make a better impact in our community by moving from a handout to a hand up approach and this would be done most effectively through EDUCATION. We believe that by empowering children with quality education, they can be equipped to sustain themselves in the future. As a result, we helped set up and maintain 3 early childhood development centres in Ramaphoza, Katlehong and Thokosa.

By 2016 these centres were self-sufficient, so we began researching new opportunities and programmes that could impact our local community.

During this time, it was decided to focus SHINE’s efforts on the community of Reiger Park because of its proximity to the church and easy access for volunteers. We also decided that we could most effectively and meaningfully impact the community by addressing key shortfalls in the basic education system (Gr R – 12).

In 2017 we started our Tutoring and Life Skill Workshop programmes in Grades 10, 11 and 12. It soon became clear to us that the lack of literacy and comprehension in these grades was a significant challenge and a barrier to learning. This led to further research and the decision to launch our literacy programme at Goede Hoop Primary School in 2019.