Talita Cumi (Bolivia)

Welcome to Talita Cumi

"Child, I say to you, arise!"

Become a Sponsor

You can build a relationship with a child even from afar. Consider sponsoring a child!

Donate to the Home

We are currently raising funds for a new home, a forever home for many of our growing children.

Become a Volunteer

Learn about our volunteer programs and how you can make an impact in a child’s life.

Help Us Build Our Children's Dream Home

Located in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Talita Cumi is a home equipped to house orphaned, abused, and abandoned children ages 0-15 years old.

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See the Floor Plan

We are so excited to share with you the dream home our kids at Talita Cumi deserve. From a playground and pool, to a garden and customized dining hall with their best interests in mind. 

What does Talita Cumi mean?

About Us

It all started when we began a ministry to the drug addicted youth in the city center; going to dress their wounds and share the life saving word of God.  As the director, Shelly Castro, watched children suffer because of the decisions made by their parents, she dreamt of a Christ centered home, where they could be safe and come to know Jesus. Shelly and her husband, Gabo Castro, started the process of creating Talita Cumi with these experiences as inspiration, wanting to provide a refuge to children who have suffered from unjust and unfair circumstances. At the basis of the creation of Talita Cumi was the calling from the our Lord. Shelly and Gabo wanted and always have the priority for Talita Cumi to be operated and centered around Jesus Christ. Talita Cumi was founded from the impactful story out of Mark 5:

40But they laughed at him. After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!”(which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”). 42Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished.”


After countless hours of paperwork, meetings, fundraising, and planning, in 2016, Talita Cumi received our first child! With each new child we received and each year that has passed the Lord taught us more and more on how to effectively and properly run an orphanage in His light. It is not an easy process and we are always learning more and more on how to improve. Since 2016, we have had so many reunifications, adoptions, staff changes, and each change has shaped Talita Cumi into the organization that we are today. We are so thankful for the Lord’s grace and faithfulness towards this ministry.

Currently, Talita Cumi has the capacity to house 25 children with our current facility and staff. We house children from the ages of 1 day old to 14 years old who have been abandoned, neglected, and abused. Thanks to the Lord’s will and our tremendous social work team the majority of our children leave Talita Cumi in adoption getting matched with loving, caring families. We also work hand-in-hand with the parents and family members and have facilitated many reunifications. We also have children who are actively waiting and praying that the Lord can soon match them with a family. We have been immensely blessed since our creation in 2016 and here is some data about the adoptions that have gone through Talita Cumi from 2016-2022.

Everyday we are still learning how to serve our children to the best of our ability with the same love and care that Jesus has for us. Our vision and goals change as we go threw different seasons. Our number one priority is to always walk in the Lord’s will in serving these children. This season we are also working diligently in fundraising. In 2022, we purchased a plot of land with the goals and aspirations to build a new facility that is better fit to care for these children. We are currently half way through the fundraising process and our goal is to have the new home fully fundraised by the end of 2024! Please take a moment to see the construction plans in the previous section.