Who we are

Violaine and Sophie

We have known each other for over 30 years. Our lives have given us the wonderful  and privileged opportunity to visit many different countries around the world and experience countless diverse cultures. On our travels we have seen both the vast wealth the world possesses in cities like London, Paris and New York, and also the deepest poverty in Bogota and Kolkata. Throughout our lives we have remained very close friends, united by an unforgettable journey through India 15 years ago. Here we found ourselves enchanted by this mysterious and magical country, which combines the best and worst the world and the human race have to offer.

Kolkata, where we first worked as volunteers at the Mother Teresa mission, deeply impressed us, more than all the other cities in the world we have visited. For well over a decade now we have been returning every year and have been privileged to form strong friendships with many underprivileged families. We therefore decided, with the help and support of The Bridge Foundation, to open The Blue Turtle Centre. We hope and believe that the Centre can help and support some of the poorest families in the world, while encouraging the children to educate themselves out of the darkness of poverty and into the bright light of knowledge that can give them the opportunity to lead a better and more fulfilling life.