REACH Rwanda is a Christian non-profit organisation which is legally registered as an independent NGO under the ministerial decree of Ministry of Justice in Rwanda. REACH stands for RECONCILLIATION EVANGELISM AND CHRISTIAN HEALING. The organisation was founded in 1996 based on the vision of its founder and director Rev. Philbert Kalisa, an ordained minister of the Anglican Church.
Rev. Kalisa was born in 1966 to Rwandan parents who were exiled in a refugee camp in Burundi due to the killings and other serious human rights violations against Tutsis which started in 1959. Rev. Kalisa Philbert finally got a chance to visit his home country of Rwanda, which was then still in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide against Tutsis. He gladly claimed his citizenship which he had never had since his birth.
However, he was shocked at the devastation of his country and learnt about the great suffering of the Rwandan people who were confronting enormous difficulties as they were trying to rebuild their lives. He also observed signs of deep trauma, hopelessness, fears and hatred among the people whom he met during his visit.