Cusco, Peru - Sheila Wolfson, coordinator / translator: On the last day of our stay at the hospital, Rosa Maria (our local invaluable helper) and I took a 20 minute taxi ride to visit the Santa Teresa Orphanage in Cusco. We were eager to see “El Hogar” or The Home, as the children called it.
The orphanage was affiliated with the nunnery and was the home to more than 90 children, many with special needs. In fact, most of the children we saw were severely handicapped, as the healthier children were off at school.
Over 30 staff meet the needs of these children, and it was obvious that they received excellent care. A lovely social worker brought several children to the Interplast clinic for evaluation the first week we were in Cusco.