Recognition for the work accomplished

Over the years, SOPAR-Bala Vikasa has received various awards in Canada and in India. This recognition demonstrates the efforts we have put into making our organization a leader in the international development community. We remain inspired to pursue our mission.

In December 2017, SOPAR-Bala Vikasa’s founders received the Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General of Canada. This honour is presented to Canadians who, through their exceptional professionalism and innovative actions, serve as examples and role models for their community.



“SOPAR-Bala Vikasa has achieved great results with the support of thousands of Canadians who believe in international solidarity. These medals are the reward of our collective action. We thank all of you.”

— Andre and Bala Theresa Gingras

SOPAR-Bala Vikasa’s Ambassadors

Since its inception in 2010, QW4RTZ has been steadily growing in popularity and has now established itself as THE pop a cappella group in Quebec. Combining stand-up comedy, vocal acrobatics and astonishing musical arrangements, the group performs all over Canada and has competed overseas in the French talent show “France has got Talent”.

QW4RTZ is made up of four amazing individuals with an immense talent and heart. SOPAR-Bala Vikasa is proud to have them as its ambassador since 2019.

Recently, the group travelled to India to see firsthand the impact of our programs.

Click on the link to learn more about their experience in India and what they have to say about our organization!

What people are saying about SOPAR-Bala Vikasa

Roseline Roy, SOPAR-Bala Vikasa supporter

“SOPAR-Bala Vikasa is not about putting a band-aid on the problem. It’s about creating long-lasting change and helping people take charge of their lives. ”

Jean Gagnon, president, Fondation Coup de Coeur

“Fondation Coup de Coeur likes to invest funds in SOPAR-Bala Vikasa because it applies our foundation’s humanitarian philosophy. This philosophy is as follows: invest in the health, education and development of disadvantaged communities so that they can take charge and become self-reliant.”

C.A.C. International, Montreal- Monitoring and Evaluation Firm

“SOPAR-Bala Vikasa programs are a relevant response to major development challenges and are highly effective at generating sustainable results. They are cost efficient at managing its program.”

Brenda Scarlett, Teacher, Bayridge School, Kingston

“SOPAR-Bala Vikasa gets students to participate in meaningful projects that transform people’s lives here and in India.”

Gangamma Udugula, Women Program Member

“Because of SOPAR-Bala Vikasa’s self-help groups, I have become an active citizen and have earned respect from my family and community members.”

Rajamouli Kusam, Model Community Committee Member

“We are now confident in ourselves. SOPAR-Bala Vikasa has helped us find ways to improve our living conditions and to help the neediest people in our community.”

Satyajith Kabi, Bank Manager and donor

“SOPAR-Bala Vikasa has raised the bar in offering services to the rural poor in India. Their programs do immeasurable good to the communities.”

K. Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister, Telangana State, India

“Its innovative initiatives, best practices and sustainable approaches are inspiring our local and national governments’ development schemes.”

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