Azul Wasi Home
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About Azul Wasi Home
Just 22 kms south east of Cusco, Azul Wasi sits on several acres of converted swamp land in the district of Oropesa, Peru. This home is founded by Alcides Jordan, a retired police officer. Azul means blue in Spanish and Wasi means house in Quechua, the native tongue of the Andean people. A few years ago, after rescuing one of the boys off the street, Alcides had the boy draw a picture of what his dream home would look like. The boy drew a blue house from dreams he had at night while living on the street. That house is now a reality.
The photo at left shows a few of the boys with their new coats. Each year we buy them shoes for Christmas.
A list of the current children:
7 years old. He lost his mother, his father is somewhere in the jungle. The father abandoned Andys with an aunt when he was 2 years old. The boy was moved from house to house and abused. Due to his trauma he could not speak at first. Now he stutters and suffers from anxiety.
Carmen Rosa, Ana Rita, Dany, Wilmer
Carmen, Ana, Dany, and Wilmer. They are 10, 16, 12, and 17, respectively. These four children were found in the streets begging and sleeping in the street six years ago with their mother. They are from the Chumbivilcas province, eight hours by car and another 7 hours by horse. Their father died of an incurable illness and the mother is very poor. When we found them they had no money or clothes. Azul Wasi took the children in and they have recovered. They are responsible and studious and have the best grades in their school.
Alfred Pacco, Nilo Pacco, Yuliño Pacco
These three brothers are from the Pataqueña community. Their father died and the mother abandoned the children to the community. Thanks to the village authorities, they were brought to Azul Wasi and each child has his story.
- Alfredo. Ten years old and never learned to read. He could not speak Spanish, only Quechua. He suffered a severe burn of boiling water over his body. He was a shepherd to the family’s sheep.
- Nilo. Twelve years old. He and his brother Yuliño witness the death of their father at a young age and felt helpless because their were no doctors in their community. He arrived at the home hating women because he only saw his father beat women and repeat that their only worth was to hit them. He has since changed during his stay at Azul Wasi, and now believes women are important in life, learning that a woman gave birth to him. His education level is retarded, especially in mathematics. He is now learning to read.
- Yuliño. Now 14 years old, at a young age he became the man of the house when his father died and mother abandoned them. He is advancing in his education.
Raul is 17. He lived in the street for a long time where he suffered a great deal of violence. The police brought him to Azul Wasi. According to his memory, his mother died and his father is alive but he doesn’t know where. Raul has learned to read and write (Raul at left with Camila and Willy the Lama).
Bautista is 23 years old. He is the oldest one at the home. He has no parents and does not like it when people ask if he has a family. He thinks a great deal about his future. He came to Azul Wasi 6 years ago from living in the street.