Association for Non-traditional Employment for Women (ANEW)
By transforming the way these women think, this organisation has ensured that its impact will flow from mother to daughter, teaching future generations the importance of education, employment and independence
When I first heard about ANEW, I figured from its name that the organisation was working in an area that posed to be quite a challenge in modern society. And that became clear to me as Sathya, who is on their Managing Committee, walked me through the work that they do.
The Association for Non-traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) was conceived by the management of Paracor, a New York based private equity firm. The inspiration for ANEW came from an organisation in the USA named Non-traditional Employment for Women (NEW). Mr. M.K.Kumar, the then Chairman of Pierce Leslie India Ltd. and a member on the Advisory Board of Paracor, with his passion for social work, helped move the project forward in India, with the help of Mr. Ravindiran, a businessman from Chennai..
ANEW receives interns from city colleges, who specialise in social work. They take up some of the organisation’s administrative load during their time with the NGO. Other volunteers have conducted research, counselling or taught lessons to pupils. The organisation encourages volunteers who are prepared to spend a sustained period of time at ANEW, so that they (and ANEW) may truely benefit from the experience.
Rewards and Recognition
• In 2013, Mr. Subbaiyan, ANEW’s Administration Manager received the Kurunji Award, felicitated by Inner Wheel District 323 in recognition of his outstanding contribution at the grassroots level
• In 2009, ANEW’s President, Dr.Annalakshmi, received the Women of the Year Award, felicitated by FLO and FICCI for making a difference in the lives of underprivileged women
• In 2007, Mr. Subbaiyan was presented with the SuchirSeva Award by CIOSA for his life commitment to social service