UPAY- The word which pushes a person to seek solutions even in the most challenging situations. With a vision to render a solution to the problem of deprived education in our society, UPAY was born. The journey started from a small village named Kumbhari near Mauda, some 40kms away from Nagpur, Maharashtra, in the year 2010 by Mr. Varun Shrivastava along with a few of his friends.
Kumbhari was the village where he explored the possibility of starting an educational center for the village children when he realized the children were not pursuing education. There was a lot of resentment initially from the people of the village. But the volunteers didn’t lose hope and moved ahead. To their surprise, one of the ladies from an Aanganwadi, who happened to have received only primary education, residing in that village, came forward in their support. It motivated them further and within a short period, the foundation of the organization was laid on 12th May 2010 with the opening of its first Reach and Teach center in the street of the village of Kumbhari.
The volunteers made a mark in the minds of many villagers who had lost hope. UPAY gave them the courage to move ahead and today Kumbharicenter stands at a place where it has its existence. Most of the students who were the first beneficiaries back in 2010, are now a part of UPAY and educating many like them.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we identified that this is the most appropriate time to launch this platform as so many people who we wanted to help with this initiative are struggling to earn livelihood.
Initiative Research & Development
We started forming a team of volunteers both from within UPAY family and outside it to both help us set up the infrastructure and platform. Subsequently, we initiated the research and development work for sabkasaman.com
E-commerce portal was conceptualized to provide market to poor artisans