Association for Non-Traditional Employment for Women (Anew)

Empowers disadvantaged women through free non-traditional skills training and placement, fostering financial independence and employment opportunities

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  • Headquarters

    Chennai, Tamil Nadu

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ANEW - Association for Non-traditional Employment for Women, based in Anna Nagar, Chennai, is an NGO, founded in the year 1997,committed to the cause Read moreof upliftment of underprivileged women, providing free of cost non-traditional skills training and placement. ANEW is a registered, non-governmental, voluntary organization wherein young underprivileged women are selected and trained so that they can become financially independent. We have trained over 14,000 candidates since inception and currently target to train around 1000 candidates per year. Across all our courses, we have been successful in achieving 75-80% placement, consistently over the years. The training courses that we conduct include: Home Nursing (co-certified by Sundaram Medical Foundation), Basic Computer Applications (co-certified by NIIT Foundation), Advanced courses like TALLY & Accounting & Python (also co-certified by NIIT Foundation) & e-Publishing and Autorickshaw/Car driving. Our target group is underprivileged women between the age group of 18 and 35, from govt. funded institutions, who are 100% first-generation literates/graduates, from in and around Chennai. All our courses have mandatory spoken English and counseling classes to improve their scope of employability. Internships are provided whenever there are corporate opportunities available

Demographies Served

Vision & Mission


Vision - To enhance the socio-economic status of young, underprivileged women by empowering them with self-confidence and the required skills to enable them to become independent and contribute to family and society.

1. Provide required skills through vocational training in non-traditional areas of employment.
2. Facilitate holistic development and enhance employability by imparting life-skill training.
3. Provide the necessary resources and infrastructure to ensure the training provided is relevant and impactful.
4. Create avenues for employment by increasing awareness about ANEW and its programs
amongst prospective employers.

Donor History

Cognizant Foundation,
Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation,
Madura Micro Finance,
Guru Krupa Foundation, Usa


  • Home Nursing Program


    • This is the first program initiated by ANEW. The target group is the under-privileged candidates from government schools who have completed middle school as also high school dropouts. • The course encompasses learning basic skills in caring for patients and providing geriatric and pediatric care. A full-time teacher, who is also a qualified nurse engaged by ANEW, conducts regular theory classes for three months and oversees practical classes at various institutions for an additional three months. Spoken English and Life Skills training are an integral part of the course as it helps in personality development and enhances the candidates’ employability and sustainability skills. • On completion of the theory classes and practical training, ANEW helps with their placements at nursing homes or as home nurses. Home Nursing is ANEW’s flagship course through which around 3670 candidates have been trained till date. Most of the candidates trained have sustained their careers and ANEW’s contribution is perceived to cause a ripple effect by positively impacting their lives as well as the lives of their extended families. • ANEW is well known in Chennai as an NGO that trains competent nurses. By constantly seeking feedback from their employers, offering refresher courses to our nurses trained earlier, including new modules like physiotherapy and having the course content vetted by hospitals, ANEW has been able to upgrade and sustain this course to meet stringent hospital requirements. • ANEW has partnered with the following institutions for training the Home Nursing students: Sundaram Medical Foundation (SMF) Appasamy Hospitals Sundarapandian Bone & Joint Hospital Apollo First Med Hospital Little Sisters of the Poor The Banyan • ANEW does not charge the candidates or the employers for the placement services rendered. • The placement percentage has been consistently above 75-80% with a list of potential employers waitlisted throughout the year.

  • Computer Program


    • Introduced in the year 2000, ANEW’s slew of computer related courses have been successful in bringing about computer awareness among the underprivileged segment of the society. Computer awareness is the new “literacy quotient” that provides the beneficiaries professional employment skills. Starting with a basic IT course, students, have the option to enhance their job prospects by taking up more value-added courses at ANEW like e Publishing and Tally & Accounting & Python. Basic IT Skills Program The course and course content for ANEW’s Basic IT program is certified by NIIT Foundation. The NIIT foundation co-certified course runs for 3 months and is offered to candidates who have completed 12th Std., as well as final year students / graduates from any discipline. Advanced IT Program Besides the Basic IT skills course, ANEW runs a few advanced skills courses with a view to offer value-added training, improve the employment prospects of its trainees and also help them sustain their careers in the long run. - E-Publishing E-Publishing course was started in 2017 to train ANEW’s beneficiaries in e-Publishing. Such training offers them opportunities to enter into functional roles in publishing houses thereby enabling them to grow professionally and earn more than in support roles. - Tally & Accounting Tally course is offered to the candidates with commerce/math educational background along with basic Knowledge in Computers with interest and aptitude for accounting. NIIT Foundation & a Tally academy support this project by providing the syllabus & course material. - Python Python language programming is offered to computer science graduates. This is to develop knowledge and skill in the technology driven markets. This course will help students to get into programming jobs. Additionally, all the above courses have mandatory spoken English and career readiness classes to improve the employability skills of the beneficiaries.

  • Driving


    The driving course (both Autorickshaw & Car) at ANEW is our most non-traditional course! In the year 2006, ANEW decided to reach out to beneficiaries, who have the ability, aptitude and dream to take control of their lives, by introducing the ‘non-traditional’ course in driving. The course is open to students who have at least a middle school education and who are willing to take-up employment as drivers. ANEW is one of the pioneers in this path-breaking course! The students after training are employed with companies, hotels, cab services, as valet parking attendants, battery car operators at Airport & Metro, personal drivers, commercial drivers etc.

Impact Metrics

  • Placements

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  • Salary

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    • 2019-20 10000
    • 2020-21 10000
    • 2021-22 10000
  • Drop-Out Rates

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  • Placements/Higher Studies

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  • Employment

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  • Monthly Earning

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    • 2019-20 15000
    • 2020-21 15000
    • 2021-22 15000
  • Placements (%Age)

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    • 2019-20 7500
    • 2020-21 7500
    • 2021-22 7500
  • Salary (Per Month)

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    • 2019-20 10000
    • 2020-21 10000
    • 2021-22 10000
  • Drop-Out Rates (%Age

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 1000
    • 2020-21 1000
    • 2021-22 1000
  • Placements/Higher Studies (%Age)

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    • 2019-20 8000
    • 2020-21 8000
    • 2021-22 8000
  • Drop-Out Rate (%Age)

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    • 2019-20 1500
    • 2020-21 1500
    • 2021-22 1500
  • Employment (%Age)

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    • 2019-20 7000
    • 2020-21 7000
    • 2021-22 7000
  • Drop-Out Rate (%Age

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 500
    • 2020-21 500
    • 2021-22 500

Theory of Change

Our courses are periodically fine-tuned to suit the market needs; adoption of available technologies; moving quickly from offline to online/hybrid models during COVID; MOUs with various educational institutions; tie-ups with healthcare companies for formal sector placements.

Milestones & Track Record

Completed 25 years of service; Trained over 14,000 less privileged women; Exclusive campaigning & placement personnel for each of our programs; 75-80% placements achieved consecutively over the years; quick adaption towards blended training during COVID, enabled continuity in the programs.

Leadership Team

  • Vinodini Sudhindran


  • Sujata Paulose


  • Sumalini Shrikumar


  • Vijayalakshmi Rao

    Management Committee Member

  • Dr. Chitra A.R.


Demographics & Structure

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  • Diversity Metrics

    60% women


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Awards & Recognitions

1. Ms. Vinodini Sudhindran, President, ANEW was celebrated as an ‘Inspiring Leader’ by Cognizant Foundation on Women’s Day 2022
2. “NGO Award 2020’’ awarded by ISWAR Foundation (Infinity Social Welfare And Research) at their CSR Summit – March 2021
3. 5 of our driving alumni received “Women’s Day Awards” from the Collectorate, Chennai – March 2021
4. Recipient of Cognizant Foundation’s APPRECIATION AWARD in the Livelihoods category as part of their 15th Anniversary celebrations – September 2020
5. Service Excellence Award for Ms. Vinodini Sudhindran, President, ANEW from Aid India – July 2019
6. Felicitation for Ms. Sumalini Shrikumar, Secretary, ANEW from Inner Wheel Club of Madras Fort District 323 – for her contribution to society – May 2019
7. ‘Sraina Puraskar’ Award for Ms. Sumalini Shrikumar, Secretary, ANEW - from Women’s Christian College, Chennai, for providing outstanding service to the community – March 2019
8. Women Achiever’s Award - for Ms. Vinodini Sudhindran, President, ANEW - from FICCI FLO for Outstanding Social Entrepreneurs (NGO) – November 2018
9. Polestar Foundation Award – ANEW shortlisted in the final 6 – 2018
10. Corporate Award, MCCI – ANEW shortlisted to the top 4 – 2018
11. Outstanding Women of the Year Award for Mrs. Lakshmi Kumar, Founder President, ANEW - from Inner Wheel Club of Madras Cosmos District 323 – 2017
12. ‘Trans Ally of the Year’ Award – ANEW felicitated by Born2Win – 2017
13. Women Achievers’ Award for Ms. Vinodini Sudhindran, President & Dr. Annalakshmi, Founder-Member, ANEW - from 8 Rotary Clubs of R.I. Dist. 3230 – 2016
14. Dasra Girl Power Awards: Finalists in the Employability Category (March 2015)
15. Recognised by the Birlas (Kumar Mangalam & Neeraja Birla) as one of the top 20 NGOs in India providing vocational skills training and make a donation to mark their 25th wedding anniversary (May 2014)
16. Certificate of Appreciation from NIIT Foundation for outstanding contribution towards creating an impact in the lives of underserved youth (2014)
17. Kurunji Award for V. Subbaiyan, Administration Manager, from Inner Wheel district 323 for outstanding contribution at the grassroots level (2013)
18. AABLA Annual Women Achiever Award for Dr. Annalakshmi and Ms. Vinodini Sudhindran while ANEW was awarded as Outstanding Award (Institutional) (2011-2012)
19. Certification of Accreditation - Felicitated by Credibility Alliance Year for good governance (2010)
20. Women of the Year Award for Dr. Annalakshmi, President, felicitated by FLO and FICCI for making a difference in the lives of the underprivileged women (2009–2010)
21. Suchir Seva Award for V. Subbaiyan from CIOSA for lifetime achievement in social service (2007)
22. Vocational Service Award from Rotary Club of Chennai, Mid City – for outstanding contribution to the Group Study Exchange Program of the District with District 1220 in UK & District 5220 in USA (2006)

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  • Headquarters

    16/107, AH Block, 4th Street Shanthi Colony, Anna Nagar, Chennai, 600040


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