“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”

Winston Churchill

Tinashe
what’s the story?

the then and now

“It has always been a dream of ours to work amongst the rural communities in South Africa. My wife and I have spent time traveling through the country and found that the communities isolated and far removed from the towns are often the most neglected. ⠀
Rural Reach began at the end of 2017 to meet those communities’ needs. It may not be big, it may not even grow to be an international organization, but we’d like to do our part to make a difference. No matter how small it may be…
 
We believe in having a personal approach where we can form close relationships with members of the community. By focusing on a smaller group of people, we can fully invest ourselves and have a lasting impact in the community as opposed to a “blanket” approach where we try to reach as many people as possible.
 
Ultimately, we love what we do and seeing the impact our projects have is truly the driving force behind this organization.”
 
– Migail de Klerk, Founder and Managing Director of Rural Reach
what’s the story?

the then and now

“It has always been a dream of ours to work amongst the rural communities in South Africa. My wife and I have spent time traveling through the country and found that the communities isolated and far removed from the towns are often the most neglected. ⠀
Rural Reach began at the end of 2017 to meet those communities’ needs. It may not be big, it may not even grow to be an international organization, but we’d like to do our part to make a difference. No matter how small it may be…
 
We believe in having a personal approach where we can form close relationships with members of the community. By focusing on a smaller group of people, we can fully invest ourselves and have a lasting impact in the community as opposed to a “blanket” approach where we try to reach as many people as possible.
 
Ultimately, we love what we do and seeing the impact our projects have is truly the driving force behind this organization.”
 
– Migail de Klerk, Founder and Managing Director of Rural Reach
Migail-and-Morgan
tell me a bit more.

the organization

Rural Reach is a small non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the rural poor in selected beneficiary communities within and around South Africa.  In order to ensure and maintain a personal and holistic approach to assisting the communities that have requested our assistance, we are committed to remaining humble in size, whilst ambitious in our aim to transform the lives of those living in poverty and without hope.
 
VISION
It is our vision to facilitate the rural poor in striving for and reaching the full potential of their lives.
         
MISSION
We intend to offer practical support in the fields of health, education and job creation in selected rural communities in and around South Africa.  
In order to do this, our holistic approach seeks to convey life and emotional skills as a foundational competence, in order that the transformation we strive to achieve is increasingly rooted in the hands of our beneficiaries.
tell me a bit more.

the organization

Rural Reach is a small non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the rural poor in selected beneficiary communities within and around South Africa.  In order to ensure and maintain a personal and holistic approach to assisting the communities that have requested our assistance, we are committed to remaining humble in size, whilst ambitious in our aim to transform the lives of those living in poverty and without hope.
 
VISION
It is our vision to facilitate the rural poor in striving for and reaching the full potential of their lives.
         
MISSION
We intend to offer practical support in the fields of health, education and job creation in selected rural communities in and around South Africa.  
In order to do this, our holistic approach seeks to convey life and emotional skills as a foundational competence, in order that the transformation we strive to achieve is increasingly rooted in the hands of our beneficiaries.
Poppie
so what do you do?

our Work

In the three primary areas of education, health and job creation, we take pains to ensure that our assistance is focused and effective, and serves as additional to the support that is constitutionally obligated by the South African Government. In all cases, we collaborate with whatever government officials, or other NGO organizations who might be able to assist.
Education
We focus on providing holistic support to children between the ages of 6 and 18 who lack motivation, guidance and financial ability.
Health
Our interventions are aimed at ensuring that families are educated and encouraged to improve their health, whilst we instigate practical solutions in the field of diet and health practices.
Job creation
Our flexible approach is based upon a practical assessment both of the needs and talents of individuals, as well as of the opportunities available. A basis of life skills and motivation is followed in order to ensure that individuals assume responsibility for their own advancement. 
so what do you do?

our Work

In the three primary areas of education, health and job creation, we take pains to ensure that our assistance is focused and effective, and serves as additional to the support that is constitutionally obligated by the South African Government. In all cases, we collaborate with whatever government officials, or other NGO organizations who might be able to assist.
Education
We focus on providing holistic support to children between the ages of 6 and 18 who lack motivation, guidance and financial ability.
Health
Our interventions are aimed at ensuring that families are educated and encouraged to improve their health, whilst we instigate practical solutions in the field of diet and health practices.
Job creation
Our flexible approach is based upon a practical assessment both of the needs and talents of individuals, as well as of the opportunities available. A basis of life skills and motivation is followed in order to ensure that individuals assume responsibility for their own advancement. 
who is on the board?

our team

Migail de Klerk
Migail’s past experience includes project management in Vietnam, outreach work for various organizations and starting his own carpentry business in 2015. With a Theology degree from the South African Theological Seminary, he has always been passionate about working with people and helping those in rural communities of Southern Africa.  After extensive travels with his wife, they found that the communities isolated and far removed from the towns are often the most neglected. This led to the formation of Rural Reach at the end of 2017 with the aim to offer practical support to rural communities.
Currently, he lives with his wife just outside of Lepelsfontein where they are managing the projects of Rural Reach on a day-to-day basis.
Roger Chennells
Roger is a Human Rights lawyer and founding member of his law firm, Chennells Albertyn, based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He has practised generally in the field of Human Rights since 1980, specializing in issues relating to Land, Labour, Farm Workers and Conflict resolution, Arbitration and Mediation. Since the early 1990’s Roger has represented the San people of Southern Africa in achieving Land Tenure, obtaining Cultural and Heritage recognition on a National and International level and the protection of the Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous People. The rights of Indigenous Peoples have become one of his areas of interest, including teaching “Earth Jurisprudence” which is a form of environmental legal philosophy.
Koot Kotze
Dr Kotze received his MB,ChB medical degree cum laude at Stellenbosch University and was awarded the 2015 Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honour the University bestows on a student. He is currently practicing medicine with his wife in the rural community of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. In October, they will pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford University. He has been the co-author of various research projects, has been published in international journals and presented his work at various international conferences. A number of his articles have also been published in the Mail & Guardian, thus making the science of medicine accessible to the general public. He was a founding member of the TB advocacy group, TB Proof, which received an international award in 2013, as well as an active member of the Safe Working Hours campaign.
Mike Prenter
Mike is a property business owner. His background, however, is in IT and he has worked in a variety of industries since moving to South Africa from Scotland in the late 1980’s. Originally based in Johannesburg in the advertising industry he made the move down to the Western Cape in 1997 and worked in the fruit industry until 2005. He holds non-executive directorships of two companies based in Scotland and England. 
Mike currently serves as the vice-chairman of Rural Reach. His business knowledge has greatly helped Rural reach setup its banking and financial matters. When he isn’t busy working, you will probably find him playing music or catching a wave.