Pioneer in Community Driven Sustainable Development

Campaigning for social justice, equity and dignity for all since 1991

With a 44-year legacy of pioneering high-impact innovative multi-sectoral community-led sustainable development interventions in rural India, Bala Vikasa, an ISO-certified nonprofit in India, is silently but tenaciously striving for an equitable society. We’re founded by India-born Bala Theresa Singareddy and French-Canadian husband Andre Gingras, recipients of Canada’s 2nd-highest civilian honor - the Meritorious Service Cross. Our proven interventions in Quality Education, Safe Water, Hygiene and Sanitation, Water Conservation, Sustainable Agriculture, Women Empowerment, and Widow Emancipation have impacted over 6 Million poor in 6,500 villages across 6 states, and have inspired several central and state government programs, including Telangana’s Mission Kakatiya and the National Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. With USD 50+ million in development interventions, we have transformed millions of rural people into effective agents of change, who voluntarily contributed over USD 8 million to the development projects over the years. We have built lasting relationships not only with these communities but also with 30+ CSR partners and 250 nonprofits over time, gaining immense respect as thought-leaders in the development sector.

As a valuable knowledge hub, we are amplifying social change by strengthening the global development practice through training programs and advisory for global nonprofits, civil society organizations, academia, and CSR practitioners through the People Development Training Center. With over 500 training-cum-exposure programs, we have strengthened the capacities of 20,000+ professionals and students from 81 countries in a variety of sectoral subjects and trends. We are also forging symbiotic alliances between businesses and civil society to achieve the highest social impact through Bala Vikasa Center for Social and Responsible Business. As a center of excellence promoting social entrepreneurship and responsible business, we have incubated 30 innovative social start-ups, mentored 125 rural entrepreneurs, and formed 30+ symbiotic collaborations to innovate sustainable development models.Our campus facilities - the People Development and Training Center in Warangal and Bala Vikasa Center for Social and Responsible Business in Hyderabad - have proven to be the perfect setting for knowledge-exchange and nurturing of innovative ideas to solve social problems.

Supported by an extensive community network and managed by a team of highly-competent practitioners, we are making huge strides in rural development each day as a trusted and proven nonprofit, impacting locally and inspiring globally.


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Our Journey