About Us

Founder’s Message

Bala Vikasa International Center is the newest initiative of SOPAR-Bala Vikasa, a registered, secular and apolitical non-profit organization founded in 1977 by Mr Andre Gingras, a French Canadian diplomat and development expert and Mrs Bala Theresa Gingras, an Indian philanthropist. Bala Vikasa has a sister concern in Canada and a branch in the USA. We have been instrumental in implementing sustainable community driven development programs which have impacted over 4 million people in 6000 villages mainly in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Our development models have been shared with 8,500 individuals from all over the country and 50 countries globally through our People Development Training Center in Warangal.

Having been committed to social and community development for 37 years, we are evolving to meet contemporary challenges through fitting and timely interventions. We believe that innovative social enterprises and business partnerships with community are the only ways to address endemic social problems in an extremely effective way on a sustainable basis.  With this spirit, we established our flagship institution Bala Vikasa International Center in Hyderabad, for the facilitation of Social Entrepreneurship and Business Responsibility in all their facets.