Reaching the Unreached
UK Tel : 01425 657321
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.
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.
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 died in October 2017, having worked for more than 50 years in India, and always living as a villager.  He therefore understood the customs, hopes and fears of the local people.  He 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.   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





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