About Bala Vihar


Bala Vihar, a home for mentally challenged persons, is a unit of GUILD OF SERVICE (CENTRAL), Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The GUILD OF SERVICE (CENTRAL), a voluntary organization, is a registered Society under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860.

56 years back, GUILD OF SERVICE, a voluntary organisation with multifaceted experience in the service of the underprivileged community, ventured to improve the lives of mentally challenged persons, especially those in the lower strata of the society. Thus was born, way back in 1953, Bala Vihar.

From a small beginning in 1953, Bala Vihar has come a long way, as an institution in the field of care, protection and rehabilitation of mentally challenged children and adults.  The journey started with just 5 residents. Today, Bala Vihar has 353 mentally challenged special people under its wings.

Since inception, approximately 1460 boys, girls and adults have received care and attention in Bala Vihar over these 5 decades and more.

Residential Homes

Bala Vihar runs 2 Residential Homes, one at Kilpauk and another at Veppampattu, for care, protection and social rehabilitation of 225 mentally challenged men and women, orphaned or disowned by their families.

Day Care, Early Intervention Centres

Bala Vihar runs 3 Day Care Early Intervention Centres,  at Kilpauk , Mogappair and at Veppampattu, with 135 mentally challenged children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome, in the age group of 1 to 9 years.  Bala Vihar aims to increase the number of children to 150 in the year 2010.


45 dedicated staff and 25 volunteers work for the protection and development of these mentally challenged persons at our Homes at Kilpauk and Veppampattu.