In Memoriam: Lalita Banavali
It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of my aunt, Lalita Banavali.
Lalita served on staff of The Hunger Project-India for 17 years, and prior to that she made a career for herself as a teacher of Mathematics and Geography. Though there was no apparent connection between these subjects and ending hunger, Lalita marched on the path where the women, men and children in the villages of India became her expanded family. As she inspired them to take self-reliant actions to meet their basic needs, she inspired me, my sister and the youth of the new generation to see the goodness in people, and to dedicate at least a part of our lives to being of service to the people.
One of her passions was to firmly encourage us to allocate our financial resources to addressing critical issues that we as humanity face. She strongly believed that when people are given empowerment, they will surmount any challenge they confront.
Lalita played many roles for a lot of us - a mother, mentor, friend, colleague, confidante, fundraiser . . . And she leaves her legacy in the many women, men and children you invest in in India and everywhere. Together we have the opportunity to carry her vision for a better, more humane world to fulfillment.
There has been an abundance of messages and calls of love and support for Lalita and our family. We all thank you from the bottom of our heart. If you wish to make a contribution or investment, please send it to The Hunger Project.
With love and gratitude,
Supriya Banavalikar is Senior Manager, Communications and Fundraising at The Hunger Project.