SOPAR-Bala Vikasa is a non-profit organization devoted to sustainable development in India. Our approach is to help communities help themselves by providing rural villagers with the tools and resources they need to transform their lives. We also encourage Canadians to get involved with international issues as global citizens. We have been working tirelessly toward these goals since 1977.
We long for a just and peaceful society in which each individual and each community is empowered and self-reliant; where human dignity, equal rights and equal opportunities are enjoyed by all.
Striving for an equitable and just society, we support and strengthen sustainable Community Driven Development among the most fragile sectors of the population through:
- Capacitating communities with special emphasis on women empowerment and youth mobilization, to help themselves through sustainable, community development initiatives and programs.
- Sharing knowledge and building capabilities, offering technical support and training to Civil Society Organization/institutions (CSO), in sustainable community driven development.
- Providing comprehensive technical support and training to the business community towards social responsibility. Promoting and incubating social enterprises towards sustainable community development.
In pursuing our goals, we are guided by focus on impact, integrity, innovation, sustainability, collaboration, stakeholder engagement and exceptional quality.
Helping communities help themselves.
CODE OF ETHICS
All of our activities conform to rigorous ethical standards related to competence, professionalism and quality. Our Code of Ethics can be found here.
The notion of sharing between the privileged and the less fortunate is represented by the two halves of a sphere, which represents our single planet. The colour red evokes solidarity and friendship between diverse peoples.
The gray jets emerging from this point of sharing express the dynamic processes of human development, which take the form of concrete projects and programs.
The jets underscore the importance of development processes wherein people and communities participate in the realization of their own development. Numbering four, the jets reflect the four dimensions of human development: social, environmental, economic and technological.