Our Family



Tía Gladys

Gladys Sandoval is the director of Talita Cumi, overseeing all of the day-to-day operations of the ministry. She is helpful, proactive and loves all of the children and adolescents at the home.


Tío Ivan

Ivan Cossio, auditing graduate. Our administrator works to ensure that economic resources are managed in a balanced and transparent manner.


Tía Sandra

Sandra is a graduate in social work. She supports the children by safeguarding their rights and performing tasks related to social and family welfare.

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Tía Maria

Maria is in charge of the sewing workshop as part of the occupational therapy that children receive, teaching practical sewing tasks, resource management and planning. She also serves in a supporting role as an educator, helping the boys and girls in their academic development.


Tía Cinthia

Cinthia is the boys' house mom during the weekends. She watches over the boys, guiding them in their spiritual development and teaching them new skills.


Tía Esther

Esther is a psychology graduate. She works as an educator and house mom to the boys during the week. She labors to provide a warm and loving ambience for the well-being of the boys.


Tía Silda

Silda has been working at the home since 2010. She has worked as an educator and an interim director. She currently is working as an educator primarily with the girls.


Tío Derek

Derek Fowler is a missionary from the United States serving in the home. He is director of La Casa de Rut, a transitional home for girls who are past the age of Talita Cumi and need a place to live while they complete their college education.


Tía Raquel

Raquel Malagón, missionary of the Assemblies of God of Spain. She collaborates as a volunteer, focusing her work on the accompaniment, mentoring and discipleship of teenagers, in addition to being the tutor of "La casa de Rut", a safe space where the girls can access once they have reached the age of majority, where they are provided with everything they need to reach adulthood in a healthy way in each of the areas of their lives.

Board of Directors

Gladys Sandoval

Executive Director

Mauricio Barbeito

Board President

Victoria Baigorria
Raquel Malagón
Débora Calapiña
Maria Pía Huebe

Talita Cumi is governed by a board of directors that meets regularly to seek God’s guidance in discerning the best choices for the home. The board is made up of Bolivian nationals as well as missionaries that have come to Bolivia from other parts of the world. To contact our board members, check out the «Contact Us» page. We also have a USA Board of Directors in California that manages our American donations.


For many years, Talita Cumi has been blessed by one-year interns from SALT or YAMEN: programs of the Mennonite Central Committee. More recently we have also received interns through other mission organizations including the Evangelical Free Church of Canada Mission (EFCCM). These interns live in Bolivia and help fill the gaps: spending time with the children, helping with homework, writing newsletters, teaching English and music, and performing other administrative tasks. They are always a huge help and a wonderful part of Talita Cumi’s family. 

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