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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Mary Bracken

RIP Geeta
My sincere condolences to your husband and son and to your HOPE family

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Hazel Stanley

I remember her well. Beautiful personality, Deepest condolences to her family and friends.

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sangita mondal

best work you are doing keep it up god-bless you!! love and respect always.

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Deepest condolences to Geeta's family and HOPE family. May she rest in peace.

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Anup Singh

Shocked! I did a project when I was student of Azim Premji University. I had met her then. Exemplary work for children. You will always remain till eternity.

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Partha Gupta

Extreme sad incidence.No word to speak.
Deepest sympathy with her family.
Rest in peace

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Ailish McGrath

Dear Geeta was such a lady, when I was in India in 2006 I had the absolute honour of meeting her. I can still see her near the stairs as we were all introduced to her, such a beautiful smiley face, the face of an angel sent to this world to help others. Such a big loss to HOPE and of course her husband and son, May her very gentle soul rest in peace, I will light a candle for her this weekend, God bless you Geeta RIP Xxx

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Lopamudra Dutta

Geeta's sad demise is a heartbreaking shock . She was a wonderful person wholeheartedly committed to the cause of the underprivileged. I feel fortunate to have worked with her and her team in Kolkata. On several occasions she had visited our school with the children of Hope Foundation and addressed our students and we too paid several visits to the homes run by Hope Foundation. We have learnt a lot from her selfless service and dedication.She has been and always will be a great source of inspiration for us, at The Future Foundation School. I pray for her eternal peace.

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Shweta Chandar

I am deeply anguished to hear about the passing of Geeta. I had the lovely opportunity of working with her for 2 months in the summer of 2012 as a HOPE volunteer. Her relentless drive and passion to help the vulnerable inspired me at a young age and I will carry those lessons with me for the rest of my life. God bless her soul.

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Donal Daly

Geeta is irreplaceable.Her deep love for the children of Hope was plain for all to see.
I was privileged to spend time in Kolkata last year with Geeta and the rest of the Hope team.
I am grateful for that time.Geeta is a true giant

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Vonny Neuman

My deepest sympathies and condolences to Geeta's family, friends and the Hope family in in Kolkata and Ireland. Geeta was a dear friend, my mentor and my inspiration. I will miss you so much. So blessed am I to have spent so much time with you. Vonny

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Ethel Crowley

I met Geeta when researching my book on HOPE, 'Daring to Dream'. She was a force of nature who had time for everyone. She said "every child is a diamond that just needs to be shone". That quote sums up her life's work. Rest in Power, Geeta.

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Michael Raj

Saddened and dismayed by the loss of a beautiful soul and angel, a mother for 100s of children of Kolkata. Her spirit lives on because she moved hearts through her smile, sacrifice, selflessness and passion for helping the poor and downtrodden. May her soul rest in peace Amen. May god give strength to her family, her beloved husband and son during these times. God Bless.

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Sharon Keohane

My sincere condolences to Geeta's family, all at HKF and the wider HOPE family. Geeta right up the end was selfless in her approach helping people during this pandemic and devoting herself to others . She won't be forgotten -ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis. RIP

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Ranjan Mitter

I had the opportunity of coming into contact and working in institutional partnership. A vivacious, energetic personality, her commitment to humanitarian work preceded other loyalties. She mixed and moved with the deprived at a grassroots level.

Deeply grieved about her untimely demise. May her soul rest in peace.

Ranjan Mitter, Principal – The Future Foundation School

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Sreepurna Sukarchakia

Had the privilege of working with Geeta for a year in collaboration with the Montessori Centre. She was a star and will continue to shine her light on Hope which was her Home.
May all her projects and endeavours continue to flourish and
grow. Rest In Peace dear Geeta.

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Gerti Magee

My deepest sympathy to Geeta's family and to the whole big family of HOPE for this terrible loss. I was privileged to meet Geeta some years back when I was a volunteer in Kolkata, and her kindness and her big heart will be forever in my memory.

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Paddy Hennessy

What a tragic loss to The Hope Foundation. It was pleasure to meet and work with Geeta. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family and all her extended family in Rhe Hope Foundation in India, Ireland and around the world. May you rest in peace. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam

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Kakuli Nag

I feel so fortunate to have known her, learnt from her. Her selflessness, her giving nature, her energy level, her sensitivity towards children, her commitment to people and their well being is so inspiring. She was such a beautiful and warm hearted person.

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Meg O Riordan. clonakilty co. Cork

A truly shocking and heartbreaking loss. I had the pleasure of meeting Geeta on my second trip, and what an inspiration.
My thoughts and condolences to her husband, son and all at HKF and back in cork.
She truly personified HOPE and all it meant.

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Anna Kearney

Sending deepest condolences to Geeta's family, friends and close colleagues. I remember her warmth and determination, working tirelessly with all the HOPE children and families. She was truly inspirational. Rest in peace Geeta.

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I was so sorry to hear of Geeta's passing last week and send heartfelt condolences to her family, friend and colleagues. The world is darker for her passing but was surely brighter for her life. Rest in peace Geeta xx

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Alana O'Leary

So much love to Geetas family and friends. She will be missed by so many and remembered for having such a kind soul.

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Michael & Martha Lynn

Sending our deepest sympathies to Geetas family and all her Hope friends. Thinking of you all at this very sad time.
Best wishes,
Martha and Michael Lynn

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Barry Mooney

A very special person and an inspiration to us all. Rest in Peace Geeta.

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Eleanor Custy

My sincere condolences to Geeta's family, friends and the entire Hope family. Thankful to have met such a kind, giving and humble person. May she rest in perfect peace.

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Julia Evans

I only met Geeta once at the Street Child Cricket event her in Cambridge. My memory for people is not great but as soon as John told us of her death I had in my mind a clear picture of a her, her vitality, life and warmth and can only imagine the loss she is to those who are close to her and to the project.

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Rosaleen Thomas

My sincere condolence and sympathies to Getta’s family and friends and all at the Hope Foundation. I was very privileged to have known Getta, Getta was an inspiration to everyone ,her selflessness and courage was boundless, she was a shining light that shone for so many many people. She had a tremendous impact on everyone she met and will be remembered forever.

Rest in Peace Getta

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Susan barry

Such a tragic loss to the people of kolkotta.Geeta was a saint among them.may she rest in peace and may the work she has done over the years not b forgotten.I will miss her smile and her warmth,kolkotta will b a much sadder place without her.