South India

Banjara Development Trust, founded on 18th October 1983.


The Banjara Development Trust was started by a group of Christians along with Tracy Gipson, an ABC missionary to India. The organization was started with a vision to reach one of the largest tribal groups in India, called the Banjaras. The Banjaras are also known as Lambadas or Indian Gypsies. Since its inception in 1983 the BDT has taken a more holistic approach in the development of the Banjaras community through various programs. The organization has 40 pastors and evangelists, 16 teachers, one full time medical doctor with assistant staffs and more than 30 staffs looking after various children projects.


  • Providing formal education through the setting of three different schools
  • Medical programs with three bed clinic and a community medical program
  • Evangelism and church planting
  • Reaching thousands of children by organizing VBS every summer (sowing the seed of the gospel)
  • Empowering women through skills like sewing and embroidery
  • Another vision of BDT is to start a Leadership Training Program. This program aims toward encouraging indigenous people to be leaders in the church and hopefully able to send missionaries to other parts of the country.
  • To start a technical institute for school drop-outs.

Webpage: http://bdtfamily.blogspot.com/

Contact Person:

Name:         Rev. Bheema Naik
Title:            BDT Manager
Email:          bheemanaik28@yahoo.co.in;
Phone:         +91 - 870 - 257 - 3668
Address:     H.No.6-1-211
                  Near St. Paul's School
                  South India