In response to God’s calling for reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18), REACH exists to serve the people of the Great Lakes region of Africa in supporting their journey towards healing, reconciliation and sustainable development. The ministry of REACH was started by Rev Phibert Kalisa in 1996 following the genocide of 1994 when up to a million people were killed in 100 days. Since then Rwanda has moved from a small largely unknown African country to one well known and observed on the international stage. Over the last years, inline with the vision, REACH have developed many programs working together with perpetrators and survivors of the genocide (and their families) to offer them capacity building programs. We have realised the following to date:
- Business training, project planning and management and support have been offered to Unity groups in Kayonza and Nyamata.
- Soap making project has started in Nyamata with start up funds donated from US and Australia
- Several public events with testimonies of ‘confession and forgiveness’ have taken place. These have been linked to the handover of houses.
- REACH Organisation have also set up a driving school not only to help raise funds to run its programs but also to empower young and old Rwandans with affordable driving lessons.
The director of REACH has had the opportunity to share the ministry of REACH through many speaking events in other countries including UK, US, Japan and at the Lausanne Congress in South Africa in 2010.
Partner organisations have made visits to the ministry in Rwanda.