Reaching the Unreached
UK Tel : 01725 514804
Registered Charity No: 1091295
 Reaching the Unreached  -  Who are we?   How did it all start?
Reaching the Unreached is a registered UK charity, begun in 1978 by a small group of friends of Brother James Kimpton, who 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. Scroll down to read more about them.
We have a small UK office run on a part-time basis by an administrator. 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. else.
WHY 'REACHING THE UNREACHED'? It 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 state.  
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 own community.

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 and education.

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 clicking here: 

The Director of RTU is Father Antony Paulsamy. He introduces himself below:

I am Fr Antony Paulsamy, belonging to the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin.  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 it.

Thank you.




"One 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.


We 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 care.


And all this started with one small orphaned family."

Brother James





  Our UK Trustees

  At present we are only displaying information about some of our trustees. You can find a full current list of names at the

  Charity Commission website.

Ian Brady (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 the years.

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 Unreached.

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 (Trustee)

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 most.

I currently work as a paediatrician in the Edinburgh area.

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