Dear friends, family and supporters of NESsT,

It is with great sadness that we share the news with you that on October 12, a dear member of the NESsT family, Gabriela Jirků, our Enterprise Development Manager for Czech Republic, has passed away shortly after giving birth to her son, Bruno. This unexpected news affects us all deeply and our thoughts are with her husband Jan Latal, son, Bruno, and parents and the rest of Gabi’s family who are very courageously moving forward and focusing on the celebration of life in this difficult time.

In addition to being a daughter, wife and mother, Gabi for the past year has been responsible for overseeing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the Czech and Slovak Portfolio. Prior to joining NESsT, Gabriela had worked for People in Need (PIN) and the Civil Society Development Foundation. She has been a wonderful friend and colleague and will be greatly missed.
NESsT wants to honor Gabi’s memory and the amazing person she was by remembering her and celebrating her life. In order to do this we have set up a private Facebook page for those who know Gabi in order to leave their thoughts and memories of her. If you knew Gabi and would like an invitation to the page, please write to any NESsT staff member.

To honor Gabi, on Wednesday, November 7th, during the NESsT SE day in Romania, we will be awarding a Venture Grant in Gabi’s honor to a social enterprise with an eco-tourism focus, an area that she cared a great deal about. We will also dedicate the Czech Country Assessment to Gabi, her husband and son and will announce the award winner next week on our NESsT website and social media pages.

We close with “UPŘÍMNOU SOUSTRAST,“ a traditional expression in Czech, to Gabi´s family, friends and all the lives and organizations she touched and improved. We wish only the best and sweetest memories in celebration and honor.