SOPAR-Bala Vikasa is a non-profit organization founded in 1977 by Bala Theresa and André Gingras with the mission to support and strengthen the development process of India’s poor communities, particularly in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Since its inception, the organization has grown to be regarded as a model non-for-profit organization – in India and internationally – because of its concrete results helping entire communities come out of poverty. SOPAR-Bala Vikasa has no religious or political affiliation and values transparency and professionalism.
In addition to community driven development programs, SOPAR-Bala Vikasa is ardently involved in building the capacities of development professionals, entrepreneurs and the corporate sector in best practices of sustainable development gleaned from over 35 years of field experience. SOPAR-Bala Vikasa works with local partnering organizations to enhance impact.
While SOPAR is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with a new charitable initiative in the USA, Bala Vikasa has its head office and training center in Warangal, India. Together the two entities work as sister organizations pursuing the same vision and mission.
360° COMMUNITY DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT
We have pioneered the 360° Community Driven Development approach. This approach aims to help poor communities take control of their destinies by building on their assets– creating model communities where everyone –women, men, widows, orphans, children– can live a better life, independent of skill level, cast or religion.
We have a series of programs that directly target the poorest communities in India, through Education, Women Development, Water Programs and Food Security. These efforts come together to build a sustainable and prosperous community. To date, 620 villages are now drinking clean water, 250 schools have received better infrastructure and 200 000 women are taking their place in the society.
We believe that financial and technical help isn’t enough. To make sustainable change that will support lasting results, we focus on strengthening the capacity of individuals – whether they are beneficiaries, employees of other non-profits around the world, students, entrepreneurs or development professionals. These individuals then go on to strengthen their communities.