Brother Lionel – Reaching the Unreached
St Peter’s is very proud to be associated with the work of Reaching the Unreached, an NGO in South India, which was founded by former St Peter’s Art teacher, Brother Lionel, in 1974.
Reaching the Unreached, known as RTU, has an enormous impact on the lives of many people from the Dalit, lower caste and tribal communities living in impoverished rural villages. The charity provides a family home for nearly 1,000 orphaned or abandoned children in four Children’s Villages – in small family houses with ‘foster’ mothers for the younger children and hostel-style accommodation for older teenagers. They run their own schools and provide healthcare, clean water, housing, education and support to the most disadvantaged families and communities in remote villages. Brother Lionel named the schools St Peter’s after our own school here.
Current staff and students, and many former students, have been supporting the tremendous work for many years, raising thousands to help care for the children and build new classrooms. They rely on the kind generosity of many of our St Peter’s families for support. You can sponsor one of the children in the Children’s Villages for just £15 a month and there are also opportunities for Year 13’s to volunteer in India with Lasallian Projects, in the summer after their A Level exams. Please do have a look at the RTU website or contact the UK Co-ordinator, Mo Houlden.
Sadly, Brother Lionel died out at RTU in 2017 but his life-changing work is being continued, led by Fr Antony Paulsamy who was one of the early orphaned boys that Brother Lionel helped, and by the largely Hindu staff team, many of whom are former beneficiaries.