Shining Stars Centres for Youth Development

Shining Stars was birthed in 1996. It strives to meet the needs of children, from about 3-15 years of age, through after school holistic developmental programs.

“Children are the largest forgotten people group” as Mr. Johan Du Preeze put it. We believe that children are neglected/under valued. There are about 400, 000 children under the age of 18 in India. There is a huge need to reach out and help them to reach their full potential. They are the future of India!

We also believe that we need to build into every area of their lives… intellectually, spiritually, socially, physically, emotionally, to enable them to be the whole people that God intended them to be.

We do this through providing help with their school work, songs, games, prayer, stories, healthy snacks, outings and camps etc.

Facts about India!

Population and People

It is the seventh largest country by geographical area The second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people Children between 5-18 constitute about 320 million (almost the population of the USA). India has the most populous democracy in the world! Traditional Indian Society is defined by a relatively strict social hierarchy. The Indian caste system describes the social stratification and social restriction in the Indian subcontinent, in which social classes are defined by thousands of endogamous hereditary groups, often termed as jaatis or castes.


According to the International monitory Fund, India is the world's tenth largest economy by market exchange rates, and fourth largest by buying power. India is also one of the fastest growing economies in the world. It is now described as capitalist. The Bombay stock exchange is Asia's oldest and largest stock exchange. India has the World's largest labour force. India contains the largest concentration of people living below the World Bank's international poverty line of $1.25/ day. Bollywood is the equivalent of Hollywood and India produces the most movies of any country.

Languages and Literacy

  • Official languages: Hindi and English
  • Total of 1652 languages and more than 600 dialects
  • Total Literacy Rate in India - 65.38%
  • Male - 76.00% • Female - 55.00%

Major Religions

India is a secular country having all freedom of faith, worship and religion. Among the major religions in India Hinduism is the largest, followed by Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, and Judaism.