Born in Village slum, Devi grows up to become a Web Designer in an MNC
Devi belongs to Poonthalir, a village near Thiruvannamalai. Her parents could not take care of her due to financial difficulties. Her grandmother brought her to Chennai when she was in the 5th grade at school. She stayed with her maternal grandmother and uncle. She completed her education amidst constant tension over the issue of supporting her, but her grandmother stood by her.
Devi was a bright student and was awarded scholarships. These scholarships and her grandmother's pension helped in covering the costs for her education.
In her final year at college, Devi heard about ANEW through a friend's mother. She approached the center for training. ANEW's orientation program was the turning point for the shy, introvert Devi. With the advise given, she made a conscious effort to be active in college.
She participated in the various events conducted by them. She pursued the weekend web-designing program at ANEW. In 6 months, she transformed herself significantly. So much so, that her teachers observed the change and made her the class representative.
On course completion, Devi attended a walk-in interview with L&T - Infotech. She was chosen for her confidence, attitude and her ANEW web designing project.
She attended L&T's 3-month training program at their Bombay office. She soon got placed at their Chennai office with a starting salary of Rs 16,000. ANEW's hand holding through the initial months of work, further helped her settle in well at work.
Within 2 years of her career, Devi's dream of traveling abroad was fulfilled, as she was sent on work to South Africa!
Today, Devi is a successful working woman. Devi even volunteers as a 'buddy' to her juniors at ANEW in her spare time. She credits her grandmother and ANEW for molding her into the confident person she is today. She is grateful for the support they gave her in her hour of need.
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What the beneficiary gets
Association for Non-traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) runs vocational training courses on computers for underprivileged girls in Anna Nagar, Chennai.
One unit of donations to this program will cover the cost of the annual maintenance of computers, teacher's salary, stationery, student welfare, utilities and administrative charges for one student for a month
The program enrolls students from slums around Chennai and nearby districts of Thiruvalur, Kanchipuram, Thiruvannamalai, and Vellore. The students receive an 'NIIT ANEW certification' after the completion of their course.
ANEW's 3-month basic computer course trains the students in basic computer literacy. The syllabus includes ' MS.Office, Powerpoint, knowledge of the Internet, etc. Once the student completes this course, she decides on the next course based on their skill and interest.
The courses offered are Web design, Tally, and DTP. ANEW also provides placement to the students after completion of the course.
The classes are conducted from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for full-time students. The center conducts classes on flexible timings from 9:00 am to 11:00 am 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm for college students.
The training center can run 6 batches parallelly. Each batch has 20 girls, and there are 18 batches conducted in a year.
When you donate to this program, you help girls from underprivileged backgrounds access to skills that can help them with better jobs and help them come out of their poverty.
Association for Non-traditional Employment for Women (ANEW)
29 September, 2021
ANEW PANDEMIC TIMES - 2.0
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Areas covered – ANEW is focused on skill development programs for women from less privileged backgrounds in and around Chennai.We are proud to report that we shifted successfully into virtual classroom mode & introduced a digital learning experience and have been able to continue our training programs without any interruption. Our trainers have become adept at conducting online classes by upskilling themselves through sessions in online methods of training. Event -Job Fair – ANEW conducted a Job Fair at our premises in Jan 2021 – 46 students who had completed their course in 2020 but whose placements were stalled due to the lockdown, successfully found placement during this fair. Event - Online Certification - We even took our certification program online, for the very 1st time, due to the pandemic situation. Our students were thrilled to be able to attend the same with their family, from the safety of their homes!Pandemic Support for beneficiaries - We have fundraised and provided monetary relief for families of very needy students/alumni. We also provided intervention and support by facilitating professional help for those beneficiaries who were affected by pandemic stress. From January to June 2021, around 230 students have been impacted by our basic computer training program. The selection of these students was done online using google forms and in-depth video calls. Beforeto starting the classes, an orientation session was given to the students in the first two days of the program. Along with the technical sessions, we have also been providing all our career readiness sessions on an online mode partnering with corporate volunteers and freelance trainers. This includes spoken English and other soft skills like career guidance, interview skills, financial literacy, work ethics, goal setting, etc. Online sessions, to encourage family involvement, were also conducted for all our batches. The parents were very happy to connect and share their thoughts. On completion of the training, the trainees were able to even take the final assessments at home. This was thanks to the technical help rendered by our co-certifying partner, NIIT Foundation. Following this, all trainees received their NIIT-ANEW certificates.
Challenges faced and next steps
During the full lockdown, we were unable to open our office for the staff & beneficiaries. - Theory, as well as practical sessions for trainees in our computer labs, was also not possible due to govt norms. So we shifted to online classrooms/hybrid mode from time to time, as was permitted- Trainers were not aware of handling the challenges of going completely online, so we reached out to industry experts to conduct ToT and empower our trainers to deliver quality training. Challenges for WFH - challenging times require a fast and effective new course of action. We empowered our staff to be able to effectively work from home early during the lockdown, by providing internet facilities at their homes. This ensured the smooth conduct of training across all our programs.Ongoing program mode - We decided to continue with online classes for all our courses, but whenever the lockdown is partially lifted, we immediately align to a hybrid model. Some of the students do not have access to desktops/laptops at home and so find it difficult to complete the assignments using smartphones. With strategic planning, we schedule practical hands-on sessions in small batches at ANEW premises, adhering to social distancing norms. This also helps to prepare them for the online exams conducted by NIIT Foundation. Until such time that the situation gets better and government norms permit, we will be continuing to follow a hybrid model. We are committed to our cause of empowering young women through skill training and there will be no compromise in imparting knowledge and getting our beneficiaries careers ready.
Stories from the ground
- Name: S. Shivagami; Batch No: Basic IT batch 219; Degree: B.Com (Accounting and Finance)S. Shivagami, daughter of an auto-driver and a homemaker mother, came to ANEW oblivious to the world of technology. Her exposure to the outside world was limited to school and college. Shivagami joined the Basic IT course at ANEW to gain computer literacy, as it was offered free of cost. Over the next few months, she not only learnt a good deal about computers but also mastered the Microsoft packages and Tally. After months of continued effort and belief, Shivagami got placed in Aakash Freight Services as an Office Assistant and earns a salary of Rs. 12,000 per month. She truly believes this would not have been possible if it weren’t for ANEW. She walked out of ANEW as an entirely different person, ready to take on the world. Shivagami’s story is undoubtedly a testimonial to the fact that with perseverance and hope, dreams do come true.2) Name: M. Sangeetha; Batch No: Basic IT batch 218; Degree: B.ComSangeetha comes from a family of four. Her father is a tailor, her mother a homemaker and her brother, a machine operator. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck, the situation wasn’t smooth sailing for Sangeetha and her family. When tough times prevail, one must do everything in hand to make it enduring and that’s why she decided to equip herself to be able to give a helping hand to support her family. She came to ANEW in July 2020, hoping for a path to be paved for her and ANEW did exactly that. She completed her computer training, and soon after got a job as an Office Assistant in an Advocate’s office with a monthly salary of Rs. 14,000. Sangeetha commends the efforts of the staff at ANEW, who helped her become the confident young girl she is. Sangeetha, who came to ANEW as a timid girl, who could not even communicate in English, walked out strong, independent and with the hope of a radiant future!
23 March, 2021
‘ANEW during Pandemic Times’
ANEW was under complete lockdown from 24th March till mid-October 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we at ANEW looked at it not just as a pandemic, but as an unusual and unprecedented situation which needed us to reach out and engage with our community – students, past and current, and their families.
Computer Courses (Basic & Advanced): Understanding the probability of extended lockdowns, ANEW reached out to our partner organization, NIIT Foundation (who co-certifies our Basic IT course) early in April, for conducting Training of Trainer sessions to help our computer trainers understand and update their skills to conduct training through online classes during this unprecedented stay at home & work from home situation. And this enabled our trainers to effectively deliver the training on virtual mode and conduct assessments online.
Though faced with various challenges of connectivity and availability of the needed resources for the students at their homes, we are happy to report that the students have been enthusiastic to attend the classes and log in for the classes using their smartphones or laptops. We successfully completed the previous computer batches which started in January'20 - Basic IT & Advanced courses (Tally, E-publishing) - by conducting online classes right from April'20 onwards. Family Meetings, Career Readiness & Spoken English sessions & online final assessments, were also conducted by our trainers for the batches.
New Basic IT batches: For the first time, ANEW shifted to online applications and interviews from June’20. Right beneficiaries were selected and new Basic IT batches were started from July'20 with classes online. The final exams for these batches were also conducted successfully by NIIT in August & November'20. Due to the continuing pandemic situation and following government guidelines, ANEW continues to conduct online classes for the next set of batches, with some practical sessions conducted at our premises.
Computer placements: We are also happy to report that our computer placement officer has been on the lookout for any opportunity that is opening up during these difficult times. The first lot of placements happened through tele-interviews and 16 students were shortlisted for the position of Process Associate in Datamark India, Ambattur, Chennai. In the e-Publishing course too, 3 students have got shortlisted for jobs at TNQ Technologies, Chennai.
5 July, 2020
Imparting Skills, Impacting Lives !!
Imparting Skills, Impacting Lives !!
ANEW Computer Programs:
From October 2019 to March 2019, ANEW conducted around 9 batches of Basic Computer course (Basic IT) and around 5 Advanced courses (Tally & Accounting and e-Publishing). Following the courses, certification distribution ceremonies were held where the students received their certificates from eminent persons invited as guest of honor for the event. ANEW’s Basic IT course is co-certified by NIIT Foundation, a premier organization for computer training in India. The last quarter, January to March 2020, saw a rise in the number of applicants for the Basic IT course which necessitated starting an additional batch with a trainer employed on a temporary basis. ANEW’s courses are supplemented with sessions in spoken English and career readiness by qualified trainers as well as sessions in goal setting, self defence (Krav Maga), etc.
Events/Celebrations at ANEW:
In October 2019, ANEW celebrated the 150th year of our Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhiji. The students put up skits which reiterated the values expounded by the Mahatma. October also saw a new Browsing Centre inaugurated by our Patron This was to give our students, past and present, an opportunity to understand the process of searching for jobs on their own and uploading their resume on the various job portals.
In February 2020, a team of women police from the local police department visited ANEW and conducted an awareness session for the students on the 'Kavalan - SOS' App, an easy to use mobile App launched by Tamilnadu Police for the safety of all citizens, to make them aware and to stay prepared.
Women’s Day Celebrations, on 7th March 2020 - It is always a day to celebrate and create a sense of belonging among the students. The day was celebrated with speakers who talked on topics relevant to the students, awareness sessions, fellowship and bonding.
Due to the lockdown necessitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, the last few batches could not be completed in March as planned, but ANEW decided to continue them from April as online classes and complete the same.
19 November, 2019
Computer practicals in full swing
Computer practicals in full swing
22 July, 2019
The computer course is structured with theory, practicals, co-certified by NIIT. Extra curricular activities like career readiness, spoken English, mock interviews to ensure sustainable placements are conducted for every batch. A placement cell organises campus interviews, walk in interviews are organised for every candidate. An annual up gradation of existing syllabus is done to make the course market relevant. Along with our own instructors, we also call domain experts to not only evaluate the course but also address students to keep them updated. Corporate sponsors assist with workshops in Digital literacy and arrange for on site visits.
January to March 2019 - Special Events -
- Family Day - This is to get the support of the Parents/ family & encourage the trainees to take up employment,.
- Women's day celebrations
- Career readiness sessions are conducted by corporate volunteers.
- Certification Days are celebrated in a grand way for every batch on the completion of the course with the final assessment conducted by the NIIT Foundation, who is co-certifying the course.
Story from the field
There was a time in Ms. Shanthi’s life when only her parents were there to support her in her life's journey. She had been freshly divorced and ended up being a scared girl who had only passed her class 12 in Tamil medium, with a child of age 3 to raise by herself. She had worked menial jobs until she realized that her daughter’s education depended on her earnings. Her future had been a riddle to her until some of her relatives, who were also ANEW students, suggested that she give herself a chance by learning Home Nursing. However, the moment she arrived at ANEW, she just knew that her passion lay in Basic IT. Her dedication and hard work soon paid off as she now supports not only her parents and her daughter(aged 8 now), but also ANEW!!
Shanthi was appointed as an Office Assistant on completion of her course at ANEW. In the past 5 years, she has shown that she has the ability in her to rise to the occasion and handle work and home with equal elegance. At ANEW Shanthi started as a beginner with light work and not much responsibilities. However seeing her capabilities her role now involves work that is quite crucial and requires meticulous attention like manual maintenance of banking data, files, record keeping etc. Her voice is laced with hope and excitement for the future as she reveals that her goal is to support ANEW in the many years to come and also to help spread the word to more and more women in need. She fondly recalls the guidance and encouragement she recently received from the committee members when she expressed her wish to pursue her B.Com. Degree at Madras University via correspondence. Shanthi’s determination grows every day & she is ever thankful that she found ANEW when she needed it most.
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||600|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||6500|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Anna Nagar, Chennai, Tamil Nadu|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||3600000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||4000000|