Born Nov 11, 1998
Alberto is smart, talented and a natural leader. He has become the ringleader of a group of boys his age at the orphanage. Any afternoon he can be found riding his bicycle, or playing a game the boys play where they compete with each other to see has the most talent. Alberto wins most days through one of his acrobatic dance moves or by walking the greatest distance on his hands in a handstand.
Alberto entered the Por Los Niños home in October 1999 at 11 months old. He joined Por Los Niños from the mountain village of Villa Nueva de Copapan. His mother died in child birth. His father, who was from the remote Mosquitia area of eastern Honduras, left Alberto in the care of his mother’s sister soon after his mother’s death.
With four children of her own, Alberto’s aunt fought to provide for her family plus the extra burden of Alberto. They were struggling to survive on an income of $30 to $40 per month. She nursed Alberto along with her own baby.
When it became clear that Alberto’s father would not return, Alberto’s aunt come to Por Los Niños for help.
Upon admission to PLN, Alberto was in a very ill. He suffered from serious malnutrition, a chest infection, and parasites. Weighing only 14 pounds, he was dangerously underdeveloped for his age.
Because of his slight stature, the children of the orphanage called Alberto “Albertito” or “Tito,” an affectionate variation of his given name. However, as he has grown into a young man in stature as well as personality, Alberto is now simply Alberto – the fearless, funny and personable. Alberto is full of stories, jokes and songs and enjoys performing for audiences of any size and age. He loves it when new people come visit the village because he gets a chance to show off his talents.