Upay Gurgaon zone was started on 21st Feb 2016 in slums behind Niwas Properties in Sec 57. The people living in those slums were migrants construction workers, maids, domestic workers, signal hawkers, beggars etc. Majority of the children were not going to any schools. Very few of them had been to schools, when they were living in their village, but not anymore.
Because of their lifestyle, short-sighted vision and challenges like fear of getting kidnapped in a new city, responsibility of taking care of younger siblings, going to a govt. school and spending hours there is not at all preferred for them. So we started conducting the UPAY FootPath-Shala very close to their slums for 2 hrs on weekends.
So it took around 1 year for UPAY volunteers to make them sit in a disciplined manner, as the concept of education and classroom was unfamiliar to them. Slowly the children started learning letters, numbers, writing, drawing along with life lessons.
Slowly we grew in numbers and started getting volunteers who could volunteer on weekdays as well.
To make sure the new volunteers get a center close to where they live, we opened two new centers. One on 1st January, 2017 in Sohna Road and other near Sikandarpur metro station on 5th April 2017.
We conduct monthly parent teacher meeting, bal-sabha, art and craft classes, sports activities, health check-ups and Yoga-Meditation to ensure over all development of the children.
Sohna Road (Reach & Teach) Center
Address: Golf Course extension road, Badshahpur, Opposite Vatika city, Sector 49, Gurgaon – 122018.
Contact no: 8800311878
Total no of students: 87
The center was opened on 1st January 2017. The children living in this slum go to govt. school, and have been living here for a considerable period of time. The strength in this center has been very high. So we had to hire two teachers to manage them and ensure continuity. We also took a larger area on rent near the slum to conduct our classes.
Sikanderpur (Reach & Teach) Center
Address: U Block, near DLF Phase 2 rapid metro station, Gurgaon – 122002
Contact no: 9958449742
Total no of students: 55
The children living in Nathupur village slums are our target in this center. This center was started in April 2017 in a shiv temple, which was the only clean location in the slum. We have hired one educated lady from the slum itself to teach the children along with other weekdays volunteers. The children are getting disciplined and interested in learning with time.
Sec 57 (Footpathshaala) Center
Address: H Block, Sector 57, Near Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon – 122001
Contact no: 9818311056
Total no of students: 20
Due to migration, we had to close our Artemis center and our first footpathshaala center behind Niwas properties. But close to these two location was another slum. So we started our process of surveying and opening a new center for these children living in the slums of sec 57. In May 2018, we opened this center and we conduct our classes in a park near the slum. We have one teacher for the weekdays and with 4-5 more volunteers the children are learning many skills.
Total no of active volunteers: 18