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.