Palmu was seven years old and lived with her grandparents to be able to go to school.

Cunina gave us the opportunity to visit Palmu during an immersion trip and we took it with both hands. In Nepal, we were received as gods. The inhabitants looked at us as if God himself sent us to help them. We were showered with garlands and scarfs and we were also given the inevitable red tika on our forehead. We were told that Nepalese people rarely show emotions, but when we met Palmu she came running at us with open arms.

We visited the home of Palmu on the last day of our trip. A young interpreter accompanied us, because the grandparents of Palmu do not speak English. We were given a traditional Nepalese welcome. Palmu’s mother also ‘came down’ for the occasion. We visited Palmu’s school, the Sunshine Boarding School. We had a chat with the teachers and the head teachers and they showed us different classrooms. We were amazed by the discipline at this school. 

Even weeks after the immersion trip, we were still thinking about it. This trip showed us the true meaning of Cunina. It was one of the richest experiences of our lives.

Becoming a Cunina godparent is a long-term commitment. You play an important role in the life of your godchild and you see them become a young adult with opportunities. 

Testimonies of godparents

Becoming a godparent is not something you do every day. Thankfully you are not on your own. Since the foundation of Cunina, over 13.000 children have been sponsored. Here you can read the experiences of different godparents and their opinion on child sponsorship.