UPAY Khel’O’stav – 2018

28 अक्टूबर, रविवार को उपाय (अंडर प्रिविलेज्ड एडवांसमेंट बाय यूथ) के दिल्ली-एनसीआर के विद्यार्थियों के लिए प्रथम खेलोत्सव का आयोजन द्वारका के सेक्टर-7 स्थित दादा देव मंदिर के मेला ग्राउंड में किया गया, जिसमे करोल बाग़, नोएडा और गुरुग्राम के लगभग 100 विद्यार्थियों एवं 40 स्वयंसेवकों ने उपाय के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष श्री वरुण श्रीवास्तव जी के साथ भाग लिया।

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खेलोत्सव के इस कार्यक्रम के लिए स्वयंसेवकों की मेहनत के साथ विद्यार्थियों का जोश और उत्साह भी देखने लायक था। 2 ज़ोन की 5 टीमों ने 100 मीटर दौड़, रिले दौड़, मेंढक दौड़, गणित दौड़, लम्बी कूद, खो-खो, कबड्डी के अतिरिक्त अन्य खेलों में आपसी सहयोग और श्रेष्ठतम व्यक्तिगत प्रदर्शन के साथ इस उत्सव को यादगार बना दिया।

यह उत्सव द्वारका के जन-सामान्य के मन-मष्तिस्क मे उपाय की उपस्थिति एवं क्रियाकलापों को इस तरह दर्ज कराने में सफल रहा की बच्चों की पढ़ाई के साथ खेलों का भी जीवन में कितना महत्व हैं। भविष्य में होने वाले इस तरह के अन्य कार्यक्रमों में लोगों की सहभागिता में मदद मिलेगी। साथ ही द्वारका में सामाजिक कार्यो के प्रति समाज की जिम्मेदारी को भी युवा पीढ़ी भलीभाँति समझ सकेगी।

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उपाय एक एनजीओ हैं, जो समाज के ऐसे उपेक्षित और वाँछित बच्चों को शिक्षा देने के अतिरिक्त उनके सम्पूर्ण व्यक्तिगत विकास पर भी ध्यान देती हैं, जो उन्हें उन्हीं के समाज के लोग नहीं दे पाते हैं। यह खेलोत्सव भी उस लक्ष्य प्राप्ति का एक हिस्सा मात्र हैं।

– Manish Bagra

Impact on the society when NGOs ( like UPAY ) make an effort.

– Antara Nandy, Student, Symbiosis Centre for Media & Communication (SCMC), Pune

We cannot disagree with the fact that lifestyle today has become far too work-centric ; so much so that we hardly have any time to see beyond our daily routines. Also with the onset of urbanization, one might even wonder whether there is still a scope and hope for humanity to flourish. A typical day in the lives of any general citizen today revolves around office buildings, the computers, the traffic, the TGIF parties and of course the weekend getaways. We focus much on moving from place to place , that we fall short of time to stop and observe.

Yes, there’s a whole different world out there, far different and alien than the one we privileged citizens reside in . Yes, there are millions and millions of people for whom survival is an unanswered question, education is a in-acquirable dream and 3 meals in a day is a luxury. Thousands of people are falling victims in the vicious hands of social crimes every single day. Numerous animals and plants are on the verge of extinction, creating an imbalance in the environment. In Short – OUR PLANET IS NOT IN SAFE HANDS ANY LONGER!

In times like these, certain humanitarian workers living right among us appear as a ray of hope to the society and lead us to a better tomorrow. They have taken it as their duty to heal our planet to make it a better place. With every year that goes by, the number of NGOs have been showing a steep rise all around the world making it very clear that the number of lives in need of help, are also rising at an equal rate if not faster. The presence of the NGOs acts as a reassurance to the presence of compassion, kindness, and generosity in this world.

Are NGOs Really Important ?

There are many more with the same question. NGO’s plays a crucial role in the well being of mankind because there are numerous issues which need professional tackling and addressing, and one needs to be strong enough to fight against it . We have been taught from a tender age about how team work yields a better results when compared to individual efforts. So we can define NGO’s as a team of compassionate volunteers and individuals who aim at addressing the ills and problems in a society.
A point to applaud and acknowledge here is that these NGOs are all primarily volunteer driven. They focus on the issues like human rights , environmental, health etc. Level of NGO depends upon the scale at which it works like local , national and international .
To explain the entire scenario better – just like how we need a strong opposition to make a govt work better , in the same manner to make a society work on morals and ethics we need NGO’s.

To understand it better let’s take the example UPAY . Now, this NGO is active most parts of Nagpur , Delhi , Pune , Mouda ,Gurugram etc. UPAY has expanded from 15 children to more than 1500 children and 300 volunteers in a span of 7 years. Their initiative are concerned with child education, women empowerment, youth leadership programs, health and hygiene, knowledge sharing etc. Such initiatives help give equal opportunities to the marginalised population of the country and help elevate the society as a whole. They help build a brighter future of the nation, by caring for the ones that are not cared for , by educating the ones who do not even understand the need to education , by not letting economic status determine what the deserve and what they do not. They do this by going out of their ways to convince the parents of numerous children as to how important it is to be educated in today’s world and to dream of a better life.

They CHOOSE to do this, because they care enough to put their time, money and effort where their mouths are.
Without any doubt, NGO’s are the most crucial part of a progressive society. They work towards making the society a better place to live in. According to me, an NGO is a team of individuals who work towards providing a decent life to the underprivileged members of the society. They show the zeal to make a difference by providing basic necessities to the ones in need unlike most of us – self centred citizens.

The least we can do is to acknowledge their efforts and help in any way possible – maybe by donating amounts of money that we use to fan our extravagance otherwise . Some little child somewhere will have the opportunity to see the face of school.

My journey with UPAY Foundation

By Chimi Dorji, BA (Mass Communication and Audiovisual production), Symbiosis International Deemed University

The UPAY (Underprivileged Advancement by Youth) Foundation is a non-governmental organization – an educational institution that facilitates free access to education in the wake of privatization. The Foundation since its establishment has many success stories across the regional and national level.

Today, there are around 1700 children taking shelter under UPAY and the foundation is giving them education as same like privileged children which help to light their life from darkness.

Volunteers and staff of UPAY during annual conference 2018

Mother Earth has given us equal rights to access natural resources. We as a human species has same needs and wants. But there exists a selfish creature that tries to privatize those resources. Due to privatization there is unequal distribution, that at the end, limits the freedom and rights of other people.

In today’s world, getting education is challenging especially those children who are from lower income family. Though their top priority is getting themselves educated but they deprived platform for their learning. So, looking at those conditions, a young, energetic, charismatic engineering graduate, Mr. Varun Shrivastava had founded UPAY along with his associates in 2010 which yielded profound success in the life of children. For instance, children those who don’t know about basic arithmetic calculation can able to do now. That is how successful UPAY was in terms of giving their service.

Footpath Shaala in their class

Taking success in terms of coverage, the UPAY’s service is spread across the country where there are 26 centers having 1700 children.

There are 10 centers in Nagpur Zone, 9 centers in Mouda Zone, 4 centers in Gurgaon zone, 2 centers in Pune zone, and 1 center each in Delhi, Noida and Bengalore zone.

Showcasing their demo to the visitors

As an intern, I got an opportunity to participate in the annual conference held at Nagpur on 20th to 23th September, 2018. During the event, around 100 volunteers from different zones and centers took part in the event.

The conference was annual event of UPAY held to discuss about the issues, challenges and success stories. Each zonal officer had presented their annual report about their zone’s story.

Coinciding with the annual conference, foundation day was celebrated with utmost dedication by the students performing live solo songs, dances and short plays. When children showcase their talents some parents shade tears of joy and happiness. They celebrate happiness together.

What a moment of life!

students of of Nagpur and Mouda Zone

UPAY’s journey has taken milestone success in the life of underprivileged children.

During the second day of conference, we visited some of the centers that is nearby Nagpur. We interacted with the children but I faced bit difficulty understanding their language. Wait! I got translator. It was very nice, listening to the first person’s word translated by second person, in the end got an opportunity to interact with two in one. Ultimate goal of Aristotle’s one-way communication failed its practical application when involved translator in middle. He failed to look into the circumstances when speaker and receiver is not in same length.

I grabbed their attention while they are busy listening to their teacher

In summation, UPAY’s journey when it comes to its establishment it is still young but its success stories are beyond imagination. I am very privileged to worked as an intern with such a wonderful organization.

If you all love teaching, please volunteer to teach budding children and make their life meaningful. For more information about UPAY FOUNDATION please visit…

Website: https://www.upay.org.in/

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/upayngo/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/upay-ngo/

Twitter: https://mobile.twitter.com/upayorg?lang=en

Thank you!

My learning at Upay so far – by Siddharth Shah

This is what our volunteer Siddharth Shah has to say about his learning in the first few months at Upay! What has been your experience in trying to bring about change? We can all learn from one another in this journey! #bethechange #upayngo

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My learning at Upay so far – by Siddharth Shah

1. Being regular is key
a. The most important thing is to show up. Half the battle is won right there. Just being regular will improve the quality of education at the center
b. This will also help the center head plan activities, allot children to you to focus on
c. The children make you a part of their support system the moment they see that you are regular

2. The problem at hand is big, but the change is hard and slow
a. The educational structure is weak, the educational foundation of a lot of kids is poor, the infrastructure is not up to the mark. So, there’s a lot to be done
b. Rome was not built in a day and these changes wouldn’t happen in a sustainable manner in a day, week or a month. Let’s be at it and we will make it work
c. Don’t give up or get disheartened. Your patience and persistence are key

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3. Sustainability of initiatives is important
a. It’s easy to throw money at the problem, it works sometimes and in the short run but sustainability of initiatives is important
b. As you work on the initiative, think about how to scale the initiative beyond one center, how to make it programmatic. It is important that the initiative works after you are gone
c. A small sustainable change is far far more impactful than a burst of large unsustainable change

4. Listen before act
a. The social structure is different, the motivation of public-school teachers may be different. The kids have not have had the same upbringing as yours, they may not have the same means (technology, food, shelter, access) as you do.
b. It is important to understand what their motivations are, what works and what does not work and it is important to find solutions within those constraints

 

UPAY Writing Contest – Runner Up 2

Theme: Role of NGO in education and Betterment of an underprivileged’s life
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Second Runner Up: Kritika Kedia
Before we discuss about the role of NGO in education let’s us first understand what is education and why is it needed.
Education to me is awareness. It is a process through which one knows more about self and everything one see around self. This awareness makes our life easier, faster and better. Thus enhancement and advancement in life happens.
The current system of education was introduced to us by Britishers to produce worker suiting their industries. Unfortunately although the Britishers have left our country but still we are completely using the same education system and thus unconsciously actually till today contributing to the British rule.
The movie(highly recommended to see if not yet watched) in link rightly explains this situation and raised an important question. When I watched this movie almost a year back , the question was alarming to me as I was working in education sector for 2 years then. Coincidentally it’s the same as our current topic ‘role of NGO in education and betterment of an underprivileged’s life’
Saying so I am not trying to negate the hard work done by so many individuals and NGOs. Their intentions are pure and as said in the quote ‘You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a Lifetime’ , they try to uplift a community with their efforts. But the mistake most NGOs and social worker does and fall into the trap is by forgetting the context of education and thus the vision with which most social worker and NGO started the work in first place gets fade in race and pressure to attract funders and sustain in market where education is just seen as how many words one can read/write. Missing the context part that one needs to read/write because it’s a medium to understand self and world better makes the work in educational sector nothing but a mechanical batch production system.
To conclude I would say that the role of NGO in education and betterment of an underprivileged’s life is immense since their reach is deeper inside the community and they are not bonded by school and board (which is a vast system and making a drastic change in a vast network like this may need a long time and efforts). They can in their on way create proof point about the advancement and enhancement of the life of underprivileged’s by providing the contextualized and relevant education in the community they reach and thus question the current existing education system in India.