A Tragic Announcement from Maureen

“We have been through difficult times at HOPE over the years, this is the absolute worst of them. On Sunday 11th October, in complete shock and devastation, we announced the untimely and sudden death of our beloved Geeta Venkadakrishnan. There will never be anyone like Geeta, this loss is almost impossible for us to put into words. She was the most special of human beings. Our hearts are absolutely breaking as we write this.

Geeta had been privately battling Covid 19 recently. We were respecting her request for privacy, we had been monitoring her progress while quietly praying for her speedy recovery. Up until the morning of Sunday 11th October Geeta was recovering and we were all hopeful, but as a result of a massive heart attack she tragically died that afternoon.

There are no words that can express our deep anguish and sorrow for the enormity of this tragic loss. Geeta has been a special friend to me for 21 years and a special friend to the HOPE family. To her HOPE family all over the world, many of you met her and loved her, everyone knew her big heart and will mourn her loss with us all. We are especially thinking of her beloved HOPE children who will be heartbroken.

Our deepest sympathy is with her husband Ravi and her son Harish, her family and her close friends, colleagues as they try to come to terms with such a tragic loss.”

Geeta dedicated her life to her work, her passion never wavered, she never stopped, so neither will we. We have to continue, in her memory. If you wish to honour Geeta you can donate to HOPE in her memory to help us continue her mission. Geeta, we will remember you and honour you in carrying on your work with your beloved children.

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the family of grainne o donnell, cahir, co tipperary

grainne spoke highly of geeta. sincere condolences on your very sad sudden loss. stay safe.

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Pushpa Swaminathan

My heart goes out to the entire family- shes my dearest my support, shes been a pillar for me in my life…I have no words to express what I have lost …I still cant believe shes not there. I have known Geeta aunty since Harish was 3 months old as she use to leave him at our place
Her smile and her positive aura has inspired me in so many ways . Whenever i needed shes just been there
Mami I miss u badly and this date has etched in my life forever….you have done a lot now it’s time for you to rest but u left us tooo soon!
Love you forever…..:wish just once i can wake you and hear u
I love you loads…my friend a sis and a mother!!!!
RIP????

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SACHIDANANDA DAS

I have been working with Geeta since 2003. During the last 17 years I have seen Geeta strive for the best. Her contribution to Hope Foundation is a legacy we can never forget. We all feel lost and heartbroken at her sudden demise. Geeta will always be in our hearts and will continue to inspire us in fulfilling her aspirations. Today as everything seems bleak I pray that her soul finds eternal peace.

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Avishkar Srivastava

I still remember meeting Ms. Geeta for the first time in 2014 at our Conference Room. It was her passion and concern for the society that drove our company to form such a long term association with the beloved 'Hope Foundation'. She was always so humble and looked after the kids as her own children. I cannot believe that she is no longer with us. I hope that she rests in peace and we all should try to honour her memory by looking after the children and giving her best efforts in making society a better place.

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Roma Mehta

Shocked and very sad. The world has lost a beautiful compassionate soul. Condolences to her family, to her Hope family, and to all of us who were fortunate to have been embraced by her love. I feel blessed to have known you Geeta. You will continue to inspire many for years to come. Rest in peace.

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Mary Reed

I will never forget how happy Geeta was to see snow on her visit to NYC. She was so excited to be able to make a snowball and take part in a snowball fight on Park Avenue, a true joy to watch. (February 2019.) One of my fondest memories of Geeta.
We will all miss you. ???

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Eddy O'Shaughnessy

I was fortunate to have met Geeta a few times , a fantastic lady , she did so much for those who had nothing , she leaves an amazing legacy

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Priyanka Das

Unbelievable and very shocking news for all of us.?It's a great loss for us.. you will be always in our heart Ma'am. May her soul rest in peace.??

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Lucas Mee

A special lady who personified love, courage, sacrifice and determination. Someone who, despite only spending a short period of time together at the Street Child Cricket World Cup in London, had a significant impact on me and my outlook on life. Thank you Geeta, for leading the fight for street-connected young people. You made the world a better place.

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Louise Haughney

When I arrived in Kolkata in 2008 to volunteer in the Hope office I had the pleasure of meeting Geeta in the Panditya office. Over the course of my time there, Geeta was kind and encouraging to me and had the best smile! Thank you Geeta for being you and for your unending support for your community. RIP Geeta.

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Allegra Skychildren

Dear Geeta the world has lost the best person we ever met, you were the light and inspiration for all of us! Your smile was incredible and makes all the people around you smile on return. I don’t know how we can go on without you pls suggest us the way, we love you and you will in our hearts till the end of our lives

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Anna Prosser

Geeta was such a lovely and caring person. I will miss her so much. I’m extremely sad to hear about Geeta. RIP Geeta. Thank You for all your hard work. I will miss you.
Anna X

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Sue Perkins

I will never forget meeting Geeta. She made a very deep impact on me, and the thousands of others who had the good fortune to know her. My heartfelt condolences to her family, friends and colleagues at HOPE. She was one of a kind and she'll be so very, very missed.

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Alexandra College

There are no words. In complete shock. Thinking of you with much love and all the staff in Alex who have been to Kolkata asked me to pass on their deepest sympathies.?

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Emma Owen

I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of Geeta. She was a force to be reckoned with. May her soul rest in peace. She is in our thoughts and prayers. Kindest regards, Emma Owen, Babyjane Productions

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Annmarie

Maureen, Am thinking of you today. Geeta loss is immense on so many levels. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Annemarie

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Mayank Jalan – Consulate of Ireland Kolkata

Kindly accept my heartfelt condolences on the demise of Ms. Geeta Venkadakrishnan.

She has been the soul of Hope Foundation and has done some exemplary work for the children at the Foundation homes.

May her kind soul rest in peace.

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Sarita Dhir

We are all extremely shocked!!! Beyond words. Some beings have the earth journey for a specific cause only. Geeta was one of them. Relentlessly worked to serve the most affected hands down.

Our heartfelt condolences on this irreparable loss. Please be strong and take it as His call. Moments like these we can do nothing except bow our heads in acceptance.
Will deeply miss her. Have worked so closely with her and we also chatted for a long time about 3 months ago. Had called her on watching her on Facebook working relentlessly. She was a rock of support to the downtrodden.

A pro at running Hope Foundation and is a huge loss.

May she be in peace❤️. Will miss you Geeta. Sure you will carry on spreading your sunshine.

Om Shanti?

We all, the SICW family reach out to you all , our Hope Foundation family in sharing this tragic moment. Our heartfelt condolences to her family too.

Please take care of yourselves.

Warm Regards
Sarita Dhir

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Seema Bhogaita

Please please pass on my love and condolences to her family.

I won’t ever forget our meeting. She was so full of energy, warmth and a can do attitude. For me she was HOPE Kolkata’s foundation.

It’s my mum’s first death anniversary and I just can’t believe this sad news arriving today.

My very best to you Maureen.

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Gillian Houlihan

My sincere sympathies on the sad news I heard of Geetas sudden death today . You must be so shocked. She will be such a loss to her family and her friends and Hope but especially you . I know how much her loss will mean to you personally. It’s hard to put words on this it’s so enormous. All I can do is offer my light my healing and my prayers.
Stay strong and of course if I can be of any help in any way I’m here.
Love and blessings Gillian x

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SICW India

Dear Maureen, Jenny and the Hope Family,

We were shocked and devastated on hearing of Geeta’s untimely passing. A beacon of hope, a pillar of strength with a heart full of compassion, Geeta will always remain an inspiration. She dedicated her life to countless children and communities, a service she rendered with utmost commitment and love. Snatched away too soon, her going is a loss not only to Hope, but to all of us who knew her. She will continue to live on through her work and will be remembered forever.

Our deepest condolences to her family and all of you at HKF, for strength to bear the irreparable void Geeta has left behind. May she forever rest in peace.

SICW Family

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Edward Francis

Last night I saw the tragic news about Geeta on LinkedIn. I am so so sorry for your loss and am devastated. Of course personally, but more so for the thousands of children and young adults who saw her as a mother. How cruel this virus is.

Please please let me know how I can help you, HOPE and everyone through this. And, if there is a memorial service in Ireland – and numbers permit – I would like to be there.

My very best wishes,

Ed x