Three years post inception, ANEW received the much awaited permission from the Indian government, which enabled general donations from abroad to be processed without delay.
In the same year Chennai Willingdon Corporate Foundation and Mr. Basil Sellers, an eminent Australian philanthropist, generously responded to an appeal made by ANEW and contributed to expanding its activities.
By the end of 2001, encouraged by the success of the basic computer course, an advanced computer course – Desktop Publishing (DTP) was included in the curriculum, to train students having creative computer skills. Students found employment at photo studios and DTP centres in the city.
This year also marked the beginning of the geriatric training program for ANEW’s home nursing students at ‘Little sisters of the Poor’. The students were required to take care of the elderly residents there, to complete their internship program. During the same year ANEW also started offering counselling classes to the home nursing students to help them cope with pressures at work and in their personal life.