How does sponsoring a child work? Expand As a child sponsor you have a unique connection with a child and their family. To ensure that your donation is used as effectively as possible child sponsorship funds are split between helping your sponsored child go to school, and providing the caregiver with skills to improve their income. We train the caregiver in a number of areas including conservation farming, business, and health and hygiene. We aim to provide their community with clean water and a mentoring programme for school children.