Cusco is a city of just over 400,000 that is located in southeastern Peru.
Cusco, the capital city of the Cusco region and the Cusco province, is a city of just over 400,000 that is located in southeastern Peru. The city sits at an elevation of 11,200 feet. Cusco was the historical capital of the Inca Empire prior to the Spanish conquest. Nearly 2 million tourists visit Cusco each year. Lost Children of Peru works with a private orphanage in Cusco (Azul Wasi) and also comes alongside a state run orphanage, providing additional food, clothing and love.
AZUL WASI ORPHANAGE
Several years ago, we began working with a rural orphanage about 45 minutes outside the city of Cusco - the Azul Wasi orphanage. The orphanage was run by a man and a woman who loved God, but they were terribly poor. To us, this was the promise land of all orphanages, mainly because the couple running it was teaching godly principles to the children. When we arrived, the children were full of grace and big holes in their shoes and clothes. Literally, one boy had a torn piece of cloth to hold the top of his shoe together. They had a couple of old buildings and they cooked with a sod oven.
This orphanage continues to be run by this couple and we have partnered with them. Our desire for this orphanage is that it will become self-sustaining. So far, at Azul Wasi, we have constructed a building that houses a kitchen and a dining hall. We have added a large greenhouse. We have about 80 chickens, 30 geese, a sheep, and a llama. We also have cuyes (guinea pigs) that we intend to sell and we’re working on starting a trout farm. We have provided new beds, blankets, sheets, backpacks, school supplies, and a van. We built a solar powered system to heat water for showers and we are in the process of building a new dorm that will sleep 20 additional children. Azul Wasi currently houses around 20 children. Our goal is that it would be able to house 40 children and the staff to care for these children.
HELPING AN ORPHANAGE IN CUSCO
In 2011, I met 46 young men at an orphanage in Cusco that have changed my life. These boys range in age from 7 to 17. Once a month, we spend several days with them. We hang out, play soccer, talk, watch a movie, and tell bible stories. Our greatest times are when we head out of the orphanage and into the fields to build a fire and eat hot dogs. One time, we took these boys to a buffet restaurant. I don't know which was bigger, the boy’s eyes or their plates! One of the boys came out with a plate stacked to the ceiling and asked if this is what Heaven was going to be like! We would love to build a playground for these boys and to continue providing them with shoes, clothing, and food.