| Reaching the Unreached - Who are we?
How did it all start?
the Unreached is a registered UK charity, begun in
1978 by a small group of friends of Brother James
were inspired by his dedicated approach to the relief
of poverty and neglect among the people at the very
bottom of the chain of exploitation and despair in India.
We are run by a small group of trustees,
including several who have lived and worked in India
and have known Brother James - and the work going on
at Reaching the Unreached - for many years.
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We have a small UK office
run on a part-time basis by an
This reflects our continuing objective
of keeping costs to a minimum, so that as much as
possible of every donation we receive can be used to
support the work in India.
WHO DO WE FUND? We support the ongoing work and projects of RTU
in India, and other closely associated
projects, where we have a have an in depth knowledge of their impact.
WHY 'REACHING THE
was Brother James who devised the name of the
charity in the UK, and of the organisation in India: whose aim
is to help the poorest people in remote, rural villages
in Tamil Nadu - India's southernmost
Brother James has worked for more than 50 years in
India, and has always lived as a villager.
He therefore understands the customs, hopes and
fears of the local people. He has used his
understanding and skill acquired over a lifetime to
enable the most needy to find dignity within their
It is hard
- if not impossible - for those of us living
comfortably to put
ourselves in the place of Indian country villagers,
who for example may be so short of water that cannot wash themselves
or their clothes. Or so short of money that they cannot
feed or properly clothe their children and keep them
attending school. Despite the well-reported
economic growth in India, and undoubted improvements
that are beginning to filter down, there is still
great poverty and deprivation.
RTU believes that everyone deserves the basic human
needs: water, food, medicine, a soundly built house
RTU in India is run entirely by a team of Indian
staff, with an Indian Director. Brother
James - as Patron - is the only non-Indian.
There is a Indian-based Board of Governors. RTU in India is an independent, sister organisation registered under the Societies Act 27 of 1975 in Tamil Nadu.
You can visit the website of RTU in India by
The Director of RTU is Father Antony Paulsamy. He introduces
I am Fr Antony
Paulsamy, belonging to the Order of Friars Minor
From the age of 10 to when I left school, I lived
in Boys� Village, which is just 2 km away from Reaching the Unreached
and was founded by Brother James Kimpton. In 1992,
I was ordained as a priest. After serving as Provincial
Secretary for three years, I went to Italy to do a
Licentiate in Sacred Scripture at Biblicum (the
Pontifical Biblical Institute) in Rome in 1996.
During my 4 years of studies I had the chance of
spending a term at
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
and in Germany for summer vacations.
I taught Bible in our Theological seminary.
From September 2006 to April 2007 I volunteered at RTU. Even though I would have loved
to continue, my other teaching responsibilities
forced me back to my former work.
In May 2008, when
my superiors were planning to appoint me as the
Director of Udhayam (the social work wing of our
Province) the request of Brother James brought me here
to RTU. When my provincial allowed me to serve in
RTU, I was extremely happy. Being a child of RTU,
it was one of my dreams to serve here. If the
poor rise up and stand on their own legs through
RTU, that would be the success of my service as
Director here. With God's blessings and with your
support and guidance I am confident that I can make
day in February 1978 as I came out of the Parish Church
after Mass in Batlagundu, the then Parish Priest, Father
Michael, brought me four small children, three girls and
one boy who was five years old. I was then at Boys'
Village. The mother had died of TB and the father died of
starvation trying to keep the children alive. At Boys'
Village we did not take girls nor boys younger than
seven. I told this to the Priest and got on my motorbike
to go back to Boys' Village. Half way there a 'voice'
told me to go and get those children. My response was,
'What will I do with them?' Again the 'voice' said, 'you
will be shown'. Thirty years ago this is how our whole
family-care system started.
employed a lady to be the 'mother' of this family and gave
her a small house at Boys' Village. In the years to come
the families increased to 95 and moved away from Boys'
Village to several centres. Now we have four Children's
Villages, seven hostels for teenagers
including one for HIV+ boys, 110 children in
residential schools, 90 doing advanced professional
studies at college, many already employed or married. Altogether
there are 955 boys and girls in our present full-time
all this started with one small orphaned family."
present we are only displaying information about some of
our trustees. You can find a full current list of names at
Charity Commission website.
(Chair of Trustees)
I was a volunteer with Brother James
in India from 1981 to 1983. I was based at Boys' Village
and amongst other things ran the sponsorship programme for
the boys and drove the first ambulance as part of the then
village health programme. I have maintained contact over
With my family (I am married with
two sons) I went out to see Brother James in 2008 for the
first time since my stint as a volunteer. He asked me on
return to make contact with RTU in the UK and see if there was
any way in which I could help.
I am currently Chief Officer of De Paul International. Previously I was Deputy Director of the Office of the Schools Commissioner at the Department of Education, worked for the Government's
Youth Taskforce in the same department and earlier spent
four years at the Home Office as part of the Respect
Taskforce. My initial job in government was as an adviser
on homelessness. Before this I worked for over 15 years in
the charity world. Most of this time was with the national
youth homelessness charity Centrepoint.
I am originally from Scotland but
have lived in London since 1984. I am an FA qualified
football coach and coach for my local club youth teams in
my spare time.
James Playfair (Trustee)
I visited India for the first time
only a few years ago and found it to be a most exciting
place to be. Since then I have returned several times to
visit an HIV-AIDS Hospice in Dindigul, Tamil Nadu; and
then several times since 2008 to visit Brother James and Reached the
The total self-giving dedication of Brother James, Father
Antony and all those at RTU are, as I found it, an
inspiration to any of us privileged to hear of them, to
visit, and to stay. So inspiring indeed that I am really
pleased to be offered the chance to perhaps contribute
some more as a trustee and to support those amazing people
in that part of India.
I have been a general practitioner in Bath for almost
thirty years. I am part of the community who
worship at Bath Abbey and have a particular interest in
the work overseas that we support there.
Scott Preston (Trustee)
My involvement with Reaching the
Unreached began in 2006 when I was part of the Lasallian
Developing World Projects trip to India. We were involved
in the construction of 12 houses in Kallupatti, as well as
seeing some of the different areas that RTU worked in. I
was very impressed by all the work and promised myself
that I would go back and volunteer for a longer period
when I could. In 2009 I took a year out of my university
degree to go back to RTU, this time working on a digital
archive of all of the documents and photos detailing the
history of the Indian organisation, right back from the
1970s. I would spend most of my mornings sitting outside
Brother James's office greeting all of the children walking
down to the school, and I was inspired by the love and
affection that he would show them all. He knew every child
and their own personal story, and it was a privilege to
have been given the opportunity to work with him and all
of the other hardworking staff at RTU.
I returned to the UK to finish my
degree in Economics and Politics in 2011, and then went on to study for a
Master's degree in International Development in Glasgow.
John Le Seve
In 1983, aged 24, I joined Brother
James for a two year �gap� experience. During my time at
RTU I was inspired by the vision, deep understanding, and
people and management skills that Brother James has. It
was a very rich and formative time for me, and I developed
a passion for the project and for the wonderful people who
are being helped by RTU.
Since then I have progressed to
leading a Geography department in a large secondary school
near Colchester, and I advise on the teaching of Geography
in other Essex schools. With my wife Hilary, I have
brought up two daughters who are completing secondary
school education. A concern for development issues
generally, and RTU in particular, have always been at the
forefront in family and work life.
Over the New Year 2009 I was proud
to introduce my family to Brother James, Father Antony,
and the many people at RTU who I had worked with 25 years
ago. The project has grown impressively yet still
emanates a sense of love and care for the individual. I
feel honoured to be appointed as a trustee.
Thomas Williams (Trustee)
I first met Brother James at
the age of five, when my family lived in India. He visited
my parents and I remember him dowsing the site of a well
over a map of a small village in Spain! Since then I've
been back to India three times. The first time was after
leaving school at the age of 17, when I spent three months
volunteering at RTU. I returned in 2008 as part of a
medical elective, and visited again in 2011. During my
times there I've been incredibly impressed by the
commitment of those who work at RTU, and by the simplicity
and clarity of their vision: helping those who need it the
I currently work as a
paediatrician in the Edinburgh area.