FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT IS THE KEY TO WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

“We started in a small way in a small garage,” says Vinodhini Sudhindran, the proud President of NGO ANEW.

It won’t be wrong to say that this NGO which started out with 10 students in a ‘small way’ has made it big by training 8400 women and helping them stand on their own feet. Association for Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW)  has come a long way since its inception in 1997.  She recalls those days when the entire team would ask their own family and friends for donations.  Today, ANEW receives its funds from international charity organizations like Vijay Amritraj Foundation and Surya-Chandra Foundation through its FCRA account.

There was a time when ANEW would burn a hole in the pocket to pay rent. Thanks to Australian based philanthropist Basil Sellers, today they are comfortably settled forever in Anna Nagar without any rent hassles.

Charity begins at home. ANEW began in a similar way when a small group of people wanted to do something for their workers children. In their garage they trained the children with nursing and later tied up with Sundaram Medical Foundation.

Courses

After several alterations the NGO offers four courses today:

 

Classes are conducted every weekday with 4 batches running and each has a class strength of about 20-25 girls.  Irrespective of the course, spoken English classes is made compulsory for all students. Reason being- employers wish to employ fluent communicators and most students struggle with basic communication in English. Spoken English trainer admits, “The quality of English is poor.”

While nursing course seems a popular choice, the driving course has been running for 10 years and is the most non-traditional one.  Maruti Foundation in Ambattur trains the women and after receiving license they practice using ANEW’s i-10 car (donated by Hyundai) for about 1.5 months.

But before all this, Vinodhini confesses the first question she asks the girls – “Is your husband okay with you being a driver?” Leave driving a car, for many it’s the first time they even sit in one! Given the fact, most people hesitate handing over their cars in the hands of drivers who are inexperienced.  Another issue is work timings. Malls willing to recruit women drivers require the staff to work till 9.30 P.M.

 

Spoken English classes being conducted
Spoken English classes being conducted

 

Funds and Donations

Vinodhini Sudhindran says, “We don’t charge the girls anything but it costs ANEW about Rs.5000 to train a girl as a nurse and Rs.10,000 to train a girl as a driver.” But apart from the funds received through FCRA account, locally ANEW is  a part of fund raiser Battle of the Buffet and also has companies fulfilling their Corporate Social Responsibility  (CSR). For instance, Cognizant employed a whole batch of home nursing girls while Mahindra Finance picked up women car drivers.  Also, Rotary Club helped ANEW revamp the entire computer lab.

Workshops and Seminars

“Let me tell you that 95% of their fathers, husbands or whoever,  have alcohol addiction problems.”

Stories of domestic violence are quite common to hear. But being a woman-oriented organization, ANEW realizes the need to conduct workshops on uncovered areas by inviting experts to educate the women.  Further, the NGO has introduced ‘Buddy System’; a concept which facilitates personal interaction between one committee member and a team of few girls.

The conversation ends on a serious note when Vinodhini Sudhindran  says ,“Somewhere we need to start.”

It’s time to start a new.

 

ANEW Infograh

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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Aishwaraya Kalro, is a passionate writer and convincing orator who is in-charge of all creative (writing and editing stories), communication and marketing aspects of Social Pukar.

16 thoughts on “FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT IS THE KEY TO WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

  • July 12, 2016 at 6:13 pm
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    Interesting story! Very informative.

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  • July 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm
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    Impressive. Good one Aishwaraya.

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  • July 14, 2016 at 2:04 pm
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    Very well written ! A thought-provoking article.

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  • July 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm
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    Good work dude! Impressed:D keep it going!!

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  • July 14, 2016 at 6:06 pm
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    Extremely interesting and inspiring. Got my grey cells working 🙂
    Kudos to ANEW and to Social Pukar for bringing out their story!

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  • July 15, 2016 at 5:40 am
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    Good job dear 🙂 keep doing your great work 🙂

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  • July 15, 2016 at 5:45 am
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    Good job dear 🙂
    This article is an added feather to your cap:-)

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  • July 15, 2016 at 10:51 am
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    Wow :’) this is sooo well written and organized! ^_^ Hats off to you for putting up all your efforts for this :’)😇 congrats with your first one! ❤💖😘 Keep going, love :*

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  • July 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm
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    Great effort aishwaraya! I appreciate the idea of bringing the efforts of dedicated social workers to the limelight. A very noble initiative indeed. I wish you all success. Best of luck!

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  • July 16, 2016 at 10:09 am
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    Good work. Small drops make an ocean.

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  • July 16, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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    Good job Aishwarya 😀 way to go 😉 ! Really informative too 🙂 Good luck B-)

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  • August 4, 2016 at 4:24 am
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    That’s starting to change in some communities, where women are organising themselves into groups to participate in income-generating activities running parallel to cocoa production.

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    • August 11, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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      True. But still, there’s a long way to go…

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  • August 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm
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    Thank you all for your valuable comments. Do stay tuned and Subscribe!

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  • December 3, 2016 at 2:40 am
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