Founder/ CEO- Reverend
He is the founder and CEO of REACH organization .The organisation was founded in 1996 based on the vision of its founder and CEO Rev. Philbert Kalisa. He was born in Burundi where his parents were Refugees and being a refugee himself from birth until he was 29, he grew up without certain privileges necessary in life. He failed to pursue his academic studies because the parents had some financial constraints. He had a calling to follow God and after accepting Christ as his personal Saviour in 1982 he found himself studying and graduating in Mweya theological Institute in Burundi in 1986.He was ordained in the Episcopal Church of Burundi in the Diocese of Gitega in 1989. It was while studying for a BA honors Degree in Theology at Trinity College Bristol in the UK (1993-1996) that the genocide took place in Rwanda (1994). Following a visit to post genocide Rwanda in 1995, he felt a strong calling from God into the reconciliation ministry, and then him and his family moved to Rwanda in 1996 and started the ministry of REACH. Today REACH has grown in leaps and bounces as a non-profit organisation under the mentorship and leadership of Philbert.
Pastor Fidele Mugengana
Chief programmes officer
Pastor Fidele was Born in Rwanda in 1955 in a Christian family. He was baptized as a Roman Catholic. His family relocated to Burundi in 1960 as refugees because of the conflicts that started in Rwanda. He went into exile when he was just 5 years old. Unfortunately Fidele lost both parents in a foreign land when he was only 9 years old. Being the first born he had to fend for his siblings. He acquired elementary education and the Government of Burundi did not allow children of refugees to continue in secondary schools. At this juncture Fidel was assisted by an American missionary; from world Evangelical church to finish primary 7.He was enrolled at a secondary school in Northern Burundi. However when the headmaster realized he is Tutsi refugee he fired him from the school. After some years of struggling he went to Uganda to continue his studies. He finished his secondary school at the helm of conflicts and wars in Uganda. In 1980 he decided to serve God and his savior therefore he went back to Burundi where he served GOD in The Life Ministry and this was a Christian Organization. Years later, he joined Anglican church where he was ordained as a Deacon in 1990 and as a Pastor in 1991. After the 1994 genocide, he came back to Rwanda where he worked at an Anglican Church as Archdeacon in Bugesera. In the year 2000 he joined RWANDA CHRISTIAN TRAUMA COUNSELLING PROGRAM as a Programmes coordinator. He later joined REACH in February 2002 since he appreciated its mission and vision. He is the Chief programmes Officer.
Alphonsine has more than 18 years of hands on experience in operational administration at REACH organization. She is a result-oriented, creative, and professional individual with a proven success in administration, human resources and organization development, She had to get along with a wide range of people, adapt effectively to different situations and work to set objectives as well as a solid track record of projects achieved, strong analytical and planning skills. Committed to the highest work ethics in-line with overall corporate vision & objectives. Alphonsine is a holder of Business Administration degree. Prior to joining REACH she worked with CPR (Council of Protestant Church in Rwanda).Over the years she added to the sustainable value to REACH by utilizing extensive experience and professional skills; set to identify growth opportunities, establish business synergies, recognize points of convergence between business units conceptualize and develop tactical and strategic manpower plans while managing their execution in light of diverse humane dynamics.