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ARROWS HITS THE SPOT HELPING INDIAN ORPHANS BY SARAH MARQUET

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n a July 2014 visit to Delhi, Arrows Group chief operating officer Adrian Treacy was being driven back to his hotel from a client meeting late at night when he came literally face-to-face with poverty and homelessness. Stuck in one of Delhi’s plentiful traffic jams, Treacy looked over to a motorway flyover. “And there was a young girl… and she had a piece of carpet,” Treacy recalls in a conversation with Recruiter. “She was about three years of age, so the same age as my eldest son. I thought ‘God, she’s young, where are her parents?’. “I just looked over and was wondering what she was going to do with this carpet, and in between this massive group of people she literally just put it

down on the floor and lay down to go to sleep.” She was not the first homeless person he had seen in the country, but as she was about the same age as his son, it “really hit home”. Hotel staff had advised him not to get out of cars while travelling through the city at night, so he was therefore unable to personally help that one girl. But that “shocking” encounter, as he described it, led to the creation of Arrows Foundation, a trust affiliated with the technology recruiter, which has developed an employability and fundraising programme to support both individual children and an orphanage in India. Initially, the idea was to buy a house, staff it and run it as an orphanage. But they soon realised their efforts would be more effective in raising money and, perhaps more importantly, offering their skills, he says. “Our skills aren’t in looking after an orphanage; our skills are actually enabling these children to get skills to work, give them opportunities for jobs and then fundraise to help around running the orphanages.” So Arrows teamed

up with an orphanage for girls in Gurgaon, a financial and industrial centre near Delhi in the National Capital Region. The orphanage is one of 13 run by non-government organisation (NGO) Udayan Care, an organisation that had been recommended by a director of Arrows’ Indian business. “They were like

“I looked over to a motorway flyover and there was a young girl… she had a piece of carpet and she literally put it down on the floor and lay down to go to sleep” ADRIAN TREACY

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