James Shelley has recently posted a great article questioning the prevailing modus operandi for child sponsorship organization.
Not only does he offer some interesting insight on what can go awry despite the best of intentions, but he goes even further and makes some clear suggestions on how to approach the situation(s) from another angle.
Below is my favorite quote, but you should also read the whole thing here.
"The neighborhoods of the developing world are no different than your neighborhood; what enables them to “work” is people who have each other’s backs. You can’t make that happen just by writing a check (but you can certainly screw around with the sociological landscape by sending money to a select few-imagine if some random people on the other side of the world arbitrarily sent a few checks for a million dollars to a few of your neighbors and you missed out)."