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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Madge Scanlon

Geeta you were a shining light in a world with a lot of darkness. Your memory will live on through all those you helped with great kindness and compassion. I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to your family and to the Hope family in India and throughout the world.

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Geeta mam is in every soul of Hope Family and innumerable outside Hope, whom she touched with her boundless Love and Compassion. She is Blessed and Healed ? Prayers for her Peace and Healings. Strength to her family members and Members of Hope Family RIP RIP ma'am ??

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Donna Jacobson (Clark)

So saddened and shocked
The legacy is priceless

We were Priveledged to meet this beautiful soul in the steps of Mother Theresa.

Yet she indeed had her own special flavour to give to the world.. the children on the street … the future of India.

We met her on our trip and it was indeed the highlight of all my experiences travelling the subcontinent. I was lifted and inspired.

I was indeed filled with hope.

Through her hard work and the inspiration she gave my sister and my family I now sponsor a child with the organisation Who can count on my continued support now snd moving forward

Geeta .. gone for now … and your legacy will continue to inspire .

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Sean Buckley

During my 17 year association with the Hope Foundation I only met Geeta a couple of times but I was always inspired by her humanity and her humility, I humbly offer my deepest sympathies and am certain that her God will keep her safe in the comfort of his love until she is re united with her loving family. May she rest in peace.

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Jeanne Beatty

Heartfelt Condolences to Geeta’s family and HOPE.
May she Rest In Peace

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Patricia Ebbs

Beautiful lady & a great loss to everyone.
My sincere condolences to Geeta family, friends, volunteers & The Hope foundation ?

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Thomas Mathew, Indian Assocoation Of Sligo, Ireland(IAS)

Our heartfelt condolences and prayers may her soul rest in peace

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You was my second mother as you always guide me personally and professionally I never believe you are not with me. You always be stay in my heart. Always missing your smiling and encouraging face. Will love you forever. I want to extend my deepest condolence to you and your family.

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Martina Flanagan

A light has gone out. Almost a week has passed since we received the dreadful news that out beautiful Geeta has left us. You will always be remembered. You’re incredible legacy of love , support and caring for the poor and those in need will never be forgotten. Brian and I are broken hearted and cannot imagine the terrible grief her own family and her hope family are going through. Deepest deepest sympathies.

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Joan Hunt – Pranic Healing for Hope

We met Geeta on our first visit to Kolkata. She inspired us with her passion, love and dedication to help those in dire poverty and need. She was a beautiful lady. Her legacy will live for generations. My condolences to her family and all that Hope family. May she Rest in Peace.

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Richard Hageman

Words can never mend whats been taken from us, at this time its about the family left behind and we can hope with great support they will get through this terrible time..

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Eleanor O'Driscoll

When I met Geeta at last year's Hope Lunch she was as spirited, energetic and enthusiastic as when I first met he in Kolkata back in 1994.Back then we worked together supporting street children. What i remember most about Geeta is that she always went above and beyond the what was expected of her, dedicated to doing absolutely everything she could to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children. One of the children in our care was very unsettled and disturbed. We knew of the child's past but knew he needed to come to terms with his past to be able to move on his life. He had an intellectual disability and hearing impairment which made things even more difficult. Geeta arranged to take me and the child to a slum where she had an inclination to where he had been working in a factory. The people denied knowing him and did not want to engage with us. Geeta would not be put off and persisted until finally they admitted knowing him and giving us information as to how he arrived there and how he came to be found so ill living on the streets. It was an enormous help for the child giving him a peace he had not had before.
I know so many people, like me, are devastated to have lost Geeta and we will cherish the memories of a truly amazing woman who touched the lives of everyone she met. I feel privileged to have known her. I send my condolences to her husband and son and to the Hope family who truly appreciated her. May Geeta rest in Peace. Eleanor

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Allegra Anna Federica Katia

Geeta, we can’t think about Kolkata without thinking of you.
Ten years ago we met your joyful, wonderful Soul and we fell in love with your children, with this incredible city and with the need to fight poverty and suffering with education. You’ve always been the light that made each of ‘our’ Skychildren sparkling with potential, willingness and future, even in the dirtiest slum of Kolkata, within the most violent family or in the worst run down city area.
You’ve always been the power of change, the driving force for the programs we’ve shared, leading us to tackle any hindrance to make our dreams, their dreams, come true.
We’re so honoured to have met you along the most valuable way of our lives: you made us better and taught us how rewarded we could feel by helping our children to build their future.
We’ll go head on this way, always leaning on you and pushed by the immeasurable energy of your smile.
With all our love
Allegra, Anna, Federica and Katia

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Sabitri Sanyal

Geeta Ma'am started a movement to narrow down the gap between two extreme socioeconomic conditions of the society. She had been a mother to thousands of children in dire need of care and protection, a mentor for the entire Hope Kolkata Foundation family and a passionate educator for all the human beings who came in contact with her. We will miss her physical presence, however her essence lives and continues to be with the huge legacy she has left behind. Geeta Venkadakrishnan will forever remain in our hearts and be our inspiration to work.

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Brian MacMahon

Dear Geeta. Your bright light, which for decades has illuminated the darkest and poorest corners of Kolkata, bringing Hope to so many children, has prematurely flickered and dimmed. May your indomitable spirit now rest in God's gentle peace, and may your family and friends be consoled in their great loss.

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Seán Houlihan

A warm-hearted lady with a deep desire and drive for societal change. A real human being. May she rest in peace.

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Valerie Metcalfe, FCM Travel Solutions Ireland

We are very sorry to hear the extremly sad news about Geeta. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and colleagues.

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Surya Saha

It’s tough for me to put this words but I am deeply saddened by the news of our Geeta leaving us. She was an Iron lady with unlimited energy and passion to serve the society. She was even a great Lerner of new technologies like AI and others. I still remember her coming down to Bangalore to speak on how everting technologies can help transform the society. She will always be remembered. Her leadership and kindness was next to none. I was and will always admire her work and how she lead every activity and team at Hope Kolkata. May god bless her soul and be with her family. RIP.

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Vikas Mehra

I have heard that even GOD needs good souls in heaven. That is the reason why good people die at a very young age. Geeta Di was one such soul, who GOD wanted to be with. Her good work would always be guiding force for all of us to strive and do whatever little we can for the mankind. We will live with her fond memories and pray her soul to rest in peace, and give her family enough strength to bear such a huge loss. This loss is not just for her immediate family, but also for her family at Hope Foundation where she was a mother to thousands of children.

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Archie Carron

such a wonderful kind hearted soul, honoured to have known her, she'll live on my fond memories of her

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Devanjan Sarkar

Geeta Di was instrumental in helping and sharing her expertise in developing my NGO . But I fmet her in my first job when we were celebrating the Joy of Giving week. Hope Foundation Kolkata participated and we successfully executed the program. She was always supportive of any activity regarding development of the underprivileged.

Regards ?

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Antoinette Whelan

A great sadness has descended over the HOPE family of your tragic loss. You will be so missed. Condolences to your beautiful family. May you rest peacefully in your heavenly home, heaven is lucky to have received another angel

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Sam Collins

Desperately saddened to hear the news of the passing of such a titan for the work of HOPE. Visiting Kolkata and seeing up close the incredible work that HOPE does protecting the precious children was both heartbreaking and uplifting – and Geeta's incredible leadership was so central to that. But more than just her work, Geeta was a kind and beautiful woman who will be missed by all those who knew her.

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Martin Preston

Deeply saddened at the news of Geeta's passing. She was a breath of fresh air amid the difficult environment that is Kolkata. Her talks in school when visiting Ireland were inspirational and uplifting. Sincere sympathy to her family and indeed the wider Hope family.

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Very sad news. The untimely death of Geeta Venkadakrishnan is a great loss to the society. It is replaceable loss. May Her departed soul rest in heavenly peace.???

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Bobby Lahiri

I am deeply saddned and completely shocked by Geeta's demise. I cannot believe that I have to write an obituary for a dear friend, a collaborator and a well wisher. She touched so many hearts and so many lives. So many underprivileged people have a better life due to her dedication and hard work. Her loss will be felt for a long time.

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Fiona Smith

My heart goes out to Geeta's family and close friends at this very sad time. The circumstances of the loss of this special lady are truly tragic. Thinking of everyone in India at this difficult time ? x.

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Thanh Dinh

My dearest Geeta,
You are a champion for the poor and you have touched so many lives and have such a positive influence on everyone who you encountered. You will be greatly missed, but your spirit will forever live in the children you have helped and all the people lucky enough to have gotten to know you. You are in my thoughts and prayers and my deepest condolences to your family and your HOPE family. You are a champion and a great gift to humanity. We may have lost a dear friend, a mother, and a protector of the poor, but somewhere up there, a beautiful angel watches over us.

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Milan Majumdar

I shall ever remain grateful to Geeta Venkadakrishnan for bringing back an orphan boy from devastation to the mainstream of life at the request of an unknown person through mail . I shall remember her humane approach which will ever be cherished in my life . Loss of Geeta is a great loss to a large section of suffering people . The best tribute to her will be to carry forward her mission through Hope Foundation . I am deeply saddened for her untimely demise at this grave hour when she was needed most . With heavy heart, I pay my deep regards to Geeta.