24 April 2014
We heard today 24 April that sadly Beroz Vacha passed away. Beroz was a tower of strength and a visionary for many of us. Akhil Paul and Rodney Clark, along with others, pay tribute to this wonderful woman. Sadly missed.
Sense and Sense International
Beroz has been a phenomenal person! She was revolutionary in her actions and thoughts and she was the person who not only pioneered 'deafblind' work in India about 38 years ago but she also worked hard to get recognition for 'total communication', she was 'Indian Anne Sullivan'. Beroz loved life and knew how to spread love, joy and hope among people. Very early on in her career as an Educator of the Deaf, she realised that only passion and commitment will help her transform lives of deafblind children in India.
Beroz played a pivotal role in establishment of "Sense International India" by advising Rodney Clark (the then CEO of Sense) and Richard Hawkes (the then Director of Sense International). I met Beroz for the first time in 1996 during the interviews for the post of 'Development Manager-India' which were held in her home, the same home at Gamadiya Colony, Mumbai, where she breathed her last.
There is no doubt that she dedicated her whole life in the service of deafblind and transformed many lives including Shyama Mehta, Zamir Dhale, Pradip, Aney Mathew, Akhtar, Vandana, Shishna and many others. Beroz has touched lives of many professionals in the deafblind sector globally and I am fortunate to have travelled some distance with Beroz!
The last thing I recall about her sparkling personality is that I carried flowers with me, last month when I went to see her in the hospital and when I was leaving Beroz said- "Akhil put these gorgeous flowers on the table at the entrance of the ward so that everyone can appreciate and feel happy." Now that is Beroz for you sharing and caring for others even when she was bedridden! And something she wrote to me once- "There are two ways of spreading light; to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it!"...You will always be around Beroz, I know!
Akhil S. Paul
Sense International India
So very sorry to hear of Beroz's death, though I had learnt from Deepak Razdan last year when he was over in the summer that she had not been in good health in recent times.
Beroz was one of my dearest friends and colleagues and I cannot tell you how much I will miss her. Her achievements can hardly be matched across the whole earth.
If anyone has a reserved place in heaven, 'tis she.
Previous Chief Executive
A memorial page has been set up for friends and colleagues to leave memories and messages beroz-vacha.last-memories.com.
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