REACHA was set up in March, 1992, primarily to function as a meaningful bridge between the governmental systems on the one hand and disorganized mass of the people on the other. Voluntary Organizations are often seen as claiming to represent the people. This is not always true. Governmental systems claiming to be people- friendly are seldom so, inspite of their best intentions. Local bodies and Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) are supposed to be, Constitutional Amendments notwithstanding, peoples’ representatives at the grass-roots’ level, but their functioning over the last fifty years has only reduced them to the status of resource-poor and ineffective arms of the central and state governments. Few state governments have shown the courage and wisdom to delegate genuine and effective functions of self-governance to these local bodies. With globalization of the economy and the progressively receding role of the public sector even in genuine and essential functions of governance, a golden opportunity for the emergence of real peoples’ power seems to be visible on the horizon.
Ever since its inception in 1992, REACHA has been endeavoring to organize genuine Community Based Organizations (CBOs), which on the one hand respect the dignity of the individual and on the other promote community interests in a collective manner. This implies empowering people with knowledge and know-how, for which the only tool is the education system. Sadly, the education system in the country today hardly imparts genuine life skills. REACHA has successfully experimented with education and knowledge-sharing in communities. Results of these exhaustive experiments have been encapsulated into deliverable modules for schools, neighbourhoods, institutions and corporate organizations, so that they can be effectively plugged onto the existing educational system and learning environments.
REACHA has also been instrumental in orienting over 10,000 volunteers in the last one decade, to improve the living conditions in the rural areas of the whole country. Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh is one district where the consequential process of rural transformation has now begun to become visible.