Our Story

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.

On 19th September 2011, UPAY got registered under Society Registration act as an NGO. The idea which was rooted due to passion was now shaping itself into a full-fledged concept. UPAY was by then established as an organization. The initial two years for UPAY were full of learning lessons and challenges. The competency with which the initial torch bearers lead the way made the path easy to be followed.

UPAY maintaining its growth trajectory expanded to other areas of North and South India. Walking down these ten years, UPAY has created its mark and carved a path for itself. The exuberance of the team and the tireless efforts have had an everlasting impact on many lives.


  • UPAY NGO primarily focuses on providing free of cost education to under-privileged children through open school class-room programs and various recreational and skill developmental activities aimed at broadening the skill sets of such children.
  • Varun Shrivastava, a young graduate from IIT Kharagpur who was driven by the dream of providing every Indian child with an equal right and access to education, teamed up with 3 equally passionate young engineers to take on this challenge head-on. This marked the foundation of UPAY on 20th May 2010.
  • On the landmark date of 19th September 2011, UPAY was registered under Mumbai Public Trusts Act 1950 and The Societies Registration Act 1860
  • Currently we have total 35 centres across the country which includes  28 Learning centres , 5 skill development centres and 2 libraries. It has expanded from 15 children to more than 1700 children & 260 volunteers in the span of 8 years.
UPAY - NGO in India

Our vision is to overcome disparities in education so that every child gets an opportunity to learn, to grow and to succeed.

  • To Bridge the gap and make quality education accessible for all.
  • Holistic development of the street children to bring them into the mainstream.
  • To build a self-sustainable ecosystem by enhancing and promoting vocational skills for a better livelihood.
  • To Create a chain of change by developing social leaders within the community.

Our Journey

  • 2011
    • UPAY was registered as an NGO having Reach & Teach project in Mouda

      1 CENTER


      60 CHILDREN


  • 2013
    • Apnasaamaan.com e-commerce portal was launched to provide market to poor artisans.

      3 CENTER


      300 CHILDREN


  • 2014
    • The Footpathshaala project for the street children was launched in Nagpur

      8 CENTER


      500 CHILDREN


  • 2015
    • A mobile library “Granth on Rath” was launched to provide learning resources to the children in the villages around Mouda.

      15 CENTER

      150 VOLUNTEERS

      500 CHILDREN


  • 2017
    • A skill development initiative “Samarth” was launched for the women in Nagpur.

      20 CENTER

      180 VOLUNTEERS

      800 CHILDREN


  • 2019
    • Community library was established in Mouda for the volunteers and Students.

      30 CENTER

      220 VOLUNTEERS

      1300 CHILDREN


  • 2020
    • Reviving the e-commerce portal along with skill mapping and up-scaling.

      40 CENTER

      270 VOLUNTEERS

      1700 CHILDREN