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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Erica Paul

Thank you for all you have done, I traveled to Kolkata with HOPE many years ago and saw first hand how wonderful this charity is. May you rest in peace.

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Charities institute Ireland

On behalf of the Cii team, may I extend our deepest sympathy on the untimely passing of Geeta. Thinking of her family, friends and of course all at the The Hope Foundation during this very sad and difficult time. Geeta's legacy lives on. May she rest in peace. Liz Hughes

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Sara McMurry

How terribly sad that Geeta is no longer with us. She worked so tirelessly for those living in poverty and hardship, and changed the lives of so many children. The hundreds – no thousands – of underpriviledged people that she helped will surely miss her enormously. She is an example to us all. I send my deepest sympathy to her family.

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Mount Mercy College, Cork

On behalf of Mount Mercy College, and especially those of our staff & students who have been involved with the Hope Foundation over many years, please accept our deepest sympathy at the tragic loss of Geeta.

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Niall Beirne

Many condolences on the untimely and shocking loss of Geeta. I'm so sorry to hear of her death. Thinking of Geeta's family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time – she seemed like an amazing person. Rest in peace.

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Andrea Catherwood

Greeta was magnificent. She had such presence, such dedication and such compassion. When I first met her in Kolkata 10 years ago, I went out with her on a night patrol, where she visited the most vulnerable families and children living on the streets, she knew so many of them by name, the young mum who’d just had a baby, living in an underpass, the children she was particularly worried about and may need to bring into care. In the teeming slums she showed me that everyone is an individual with hopes and ambitions. Geeta was a force of nature, she changed so many lives and legacy will be immense. It is heartbreaking that she was taken from us far too soon.

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Clare Barrett

To all Geeta's blood family and Hope family. To all those who loved her. My thoughts and prayers are with you xxx

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Michelle Singleton

So sorry to hear of the death of Greeta, thinking of her family and friends at this hard time and all The Hope Foundation. May she Rest In Peace.
Michelle, Colaiste Choilm, Ballincollig

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Katy Harper

Geeta was the beating heart of HOPE in Kolkata and words cannot express my sadness at her premature passing. She will be sorely missed, such an inspiring role model for us all. But here in the UK, we are committed to carrying on the good work in her name.

Geeta was in Cambridge and London in May 19 for the SCCWC. She brought over 8 of the loveliest HOPE children to play cricket in the Street Children World Cup finals at Lord’s, having worked ceaselessly to ensure they all had birth certificates and visas for the trip. She was like a mother to these young people from the HOPE protection homes – her love, humour, compassion and firmness shone out. I feel privileged to have known her.

My thoughts are with Geeta’s family, with Maureen and the wider HOPE family.

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Emma Tinsley

What a wonderful woman and such a tragic loss. My deepest sympathy to Geeta’s family and friends.

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Patricia Crimin

A candle is lighting in Dublin , Ireland in memory of this remarkable & inspirational lady Getta (RIP) for her husband Ravi, son Harish and all the Hope family at this very sad time..
Namaste, Patricia Crimin

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Sebanti Guha

My deepest and heartfelt condolences to Geeta ma'am family and all those who are at Hope. I personally know her for 3 years now since I first met her at early 2017.She had been a wonderful, passionate, remarkable woman, I had ever come across, who had dedicated her entire life for the children and all those vulnerable people out there. She was a mother to all those deprived souls. Geeta ma'am was a great inspiration for all of us. She will be remembered forever for her outstanding nobel work which she had carried out over the years. All of us from the Hope family will definitely try fullfil her dreams by continuing our work, but Hope without Geeta ma'am will never be the same again. We bid adieu to you with tears in our eyes. May you soul rest in peace.

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Peter Campion

It is with great sadness that we heard of the tragic death of Geeta. She was always so welcoming to the students of The King's Hospital and we were all very saddened to hear of this news. Geeta was a real mother hen to all the children. Her natural warmth, enthusiam, cheerfulness and affection that she had for the childen was so obvious to everyone. She was deeply committed to the work of the Hope Foundation and was a wonderful ambassador. She will be deeply missed by so many, but most especially the children of Kolkata as she was the nearest thing many of them had to a mother. My heart breaks for them. We are sending our prayers to Geeta's family and all who mourn her loss.

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Mary Mullins

Deepest sympathy on the loss of such a wonderful woman. Geeta was such a beacon of hope for so many people in India, it is so sad that she has been taken at such a young age. She had years of good work to come.

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Juliette Whittaker

Geeta was truly an inspirational and remarkable lady who will be deeply missed by so many. Her compassion and dedication to HOPE's work shone through, and she was the heart and soul of ‘HOPE Kolkata’. My thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

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Andrew & Jacinta Walsh

Jacinta and I are still struggling to find the words for this shock and sadness.

Geeta was a huge inspiration during our time living and working Kolkata – working on projects together in Kolkata in 2015/16 and then as colleagues via the HOPE UK team until 2018.

She made an unbelievable impact on thousands of lives in the city and the surrounding region. Geeta had an unbelievable desire and passion to help those most in need – something that will continue to inspire our family. We are very lucky to have met her and to have worked with her. We cannot believe she is no longer with us – it is truly unbelievable.

We are praying for her, her family and all the Hope family and friends in Kolkata x

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Laura (on behalf of Froebel HOPE Committee)

Geeta, and the HOPE team, were avid supporters of the Froebel HOPE Partnership, since it was established in 2008. Froebel Teachers and Staff always received a sincere and warm welcome from Geeta on their arrival to the HOPE office. She was a charismatic, visionary leader who dedicated her life to children. Geeta understood the Froebelian principles of a child-centred education and worked tirelessly to ensure that children always came first. She lived her values daily, never stopped thinking of how she could help, and was selfless in her plans for the future. Her energy, enthusiasm and positive spirit left anyone in her presence in awe. Her solution-focused approach was inspirational to all who met her.

We extend our heartfelt sympathies to her husband Ravi, and her son Harish, extended family, friends and colleagues in Kolkata. In Ireland, we are sending our thoughts to her dear friends, Maureen Forrest and Sr. Jenny Browne (The HOPE Foundation) and the wider HOPE family, as they come to terms with Geeta’s passing.

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H.E. Brendan Ward, Ambassador of Ireland

I am writing to you to convey my condolences and those of all the embassy staff on the recent death of Ms. Geeta Venkadakrishnan. Her work for the Hope Foundation touched many lives and benefitted many young people. She will be fondly remembered by the young volunteers from Ireland and elsewhere who had the opportunity to work with the Hope Foundation in recent years.

Please convey our condolences to the family of Ms. Venkadakrishnan and to her other colleagues at Hope Foundation in Kolkata. I hope that the valuable work of the Foundation will continue and prosper, as I am sure it is even more necessary during these difficult times.

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Piyal Sen

I was devastated to hear of the news of Geeta passing away, especially since I was thinking of my home city of Kolkata and the difficult time it was passing through with Covid, particularly for the underprivileged. I had previously done a workshop in Kolkata to support the professionals who work for the Hope Foundation, organised by Geeta, and thinking of her, I mailed Reza offering to virtually support these dedicated workers, the little I could do from London. The reply came back from Reza to say Geeta had just passed away! While feeling devastated initially, I also saw hope in it, as she is now leaving it up to us now to follow her shining example and give something back to the people that she cared so much about, which we shall try our best to do, in whatever little way possible. In the meantime, I pray for Geeta’s noble soul.

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Julia lambe

Gone but not forgotten. You touched the lives of so many people. I am priveledged to have known such a kind selfless person. May your gentle soul rest in peace.

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Helen

Condolences to the family. Rest in Peace, Geeta, a truly wonderful person.

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Emer

Thank you for reaching out bringing comfort and hope to so many.

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Pyers

Geeta may all your good deeds and kindnesses speed your gentle soul to it's new destination.

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James McGinniss

Indeed irreplaceable Geeta. I send condolences to Hope Kolkata and Ireland on behalf of the tens of thousands of souls, known and unknown, whose lives she improved.

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Loretto Kennedy, Ireland.

My sincere condolences on the devastating loss of your beloved Geeta. May you be given the strength to overcome the unbearable void that she has left in your lives. Geeta was a True Leader, a person of great passion and humility, a Beacon of Hope and a Champion of the Poor, may her Gentle Soul rest in Peace.

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Brenda O'Connor

I met Geeta only once for a brief period but I never forgot her. She was such a good kind person. My condolences to her family and friends and to everyone in the hope foundation. She will be greatly missed

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James Kavanagh

An inspiration to so many, and a legacy that will not be forgotten so fast. Rest in Peace Geeta.

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Liz mcmanus

Geeta was an inspiration . A woman of great dignity and compassion . Deepest sympathy to her family and to the Hope family on your sad loss. She will be remembered with warm affection

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Grace Cooney & Family

A massive thank you Geeta for your amazing courage during the pandemic! Bless you , Our prayerS and thoughts are with your family and friends

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Ros and John Barrett

Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to All THF in Cork, Most especially Maureen and Jenny at this heartbreaking passing of Geeta, Our very own Mother Theresa. Geeta had an aura and a light that illuminated her Big Heart, her love, warmth, compassion and tireless dedication to the care of the underpriveleged in Kolkata. She was a Shining Star. There are no words to describe your loss to us Geeta. Rest in Peace. We will never forget you.