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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Messages of Condolence

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Claire Sawyer

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs to you all.

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John Fleming

May she rest in peace. Such a tragic loss, my sincere sympathies.

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Caoimhe Buckley

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Geeta. She was the heart of Hope in Kolkata with Maureen Forrest. I had the privilege to meet her when I went to Kolkata in 2012 and was so welcoming and kind.She will be sadly missed. Rest in peace Geeta. Your kindness and legacy will always be remembered.

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Sheila Vaughan

I first saw Geeta on Sue Perkins documentary on Kolkata. After that, I vowed I would get involved in the immersion programme and help in any way I could. Geeta is one of the most compassionate, caring and kind people I’ve ever come across. She was so dignified and graceful and one of the most inspiring women I’ve ever encountered. She has touched so many lives and many in ways she never imagined. I hope Geeta is at peace. We are all at a huge loss having lost her gentle soul. May she rest in peace.

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Theresa Sullivan

RIP geeta, you'll be sadly missed. Thanks for all your kindness and help during my times in panditya. Kolkata wont be the same without you x

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Olive Lynch

A very sad day for everyone involved with the hope foundation. May Geeta rest in peace beautiful lady. My condolences too her husband and son ??????

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John Scott

"The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life." -Rabindranath Tagore

Kolkata has many such young trees now, planted and nurtured by Geeta. May your soul go straight to Brahma and may Lakshmi watch over your family always.

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Cara O'Doherty

My deepest sympathies to Geeta and her family and friends. I have fond memories of her positivity and joy in Kolkata, she was truly amazing woman. In the worlds of Rabindranath Tagore,
When you live in the hearts
Of those you love
Remember then
You never die.

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Maeve Smith

My sincere sympathy to Geeta's family and friends.For all the HOPE family the news of her passing is so difficult, she will be very sadly missed. A wonderful lady whose contribution to good can't be measured.May she rest in peace.

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Ali Clair

I had the privilege of meeting Geeta only once while I worked with The Hope Foundation, but what a beautiful and kind soul. Rest in peace Geeta x

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Gerry O'Keeffe

Sincerest thanks and gratitude to Geeta for her commitment and dedication to so many children and adults forgotten by others. You will be a huge loss to humanity at large and the street people of Kolkata and surrounding areas under the care of the HOPE Foundation projects. May you rest in peace.

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Subhatama Mukherjee

Geeta di you were, you are and will be in our works, our hearts and definitely in all spheres of The Hope Foundation with all your hard work, dedication and grace you have spread.
Miss you

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Priti tiwari

I got connected with HOPE, just few months back.
I never met her but the way peoples are expressing their feelings for her after this incident, my thoughts for her too had rose high too. Definately she was a great human and will be in our memories forever. #RIP

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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!!!!

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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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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.