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About the Josephine House

The Josephine House is named in honor of Josephine Kupferschmid, who ran an orphanage in Brazil for more than 15 years.  It is located in Cusco, Peru, high in the Andes mountains.  Cusco was once the capital of the Inca empire and is now a center for tourism in Peru.

The Josephine House was formed in early 2008 and received final permission to function in late 2008.  The first resident was a 78 year-old blind man!  Since November 2008, we have taken in 18 children.  Some of those have since moved either back home or to another children’s home so we are now at what we consider our maximum of 15 at any given time.