About us

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  • June 2, 2015

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.


In response to God’s calling for reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18), REACH Organisation in Rwanda exists to serve the people of the Great Lakes Region of Africa in supporting their journey towards healing, reconciliation and sustainable development  by:

  • Bringing people together, often those who have been in conflict.
  • Providing them with opportunities for learning, truth-telling and experiencing healing and forgiveness.
  • Assisting them to work together in various peace-building initiatives.

Based on restored relationships with God and with one another, all people of the Great Lakes Region in Africa will live in peace and harmony in order to make progress towards their God given potential for spiritual, emotional, social and economic well-being. We commit ourselves to become a leading organisation that facilitates the peace-building process in the region in cooperation with our partners worldwide.

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