In the evening of 24 March 2019, our friend and sister, Aurovilian Francesca Ivanov, passed away yesterday evening, 24 March in a hospital near her native village, Edolo, in northern Italy. She was 48 years old.
Francesca first arrived in Auroville in 2007, and started her Newcomer process in 2009. She soon started working as receptionist at Kailash Clinic. She loved the job and many of us may remember her always busy and very involved and dedicated. In 2011, a year after officially joining Auroville, she had to return to Italy to look for a job that would provide her with resources to be able to live here. Unfortunately, things did not go well for her and at the end of 2015 it was discovered that she had lung cancer.
Francesca never lost hope of returning one day. Auroville was always in her thoughts and words and prayers. Her faith has supported her for all these years without ever making her falter in the certainty of return.
Praying that she now may have returned, our warmest condolences go out to her sisters who stood by her till the end.