[color=green]Mod Note: This thread has been split from this thread regarding links for sponsoring a child. Please respect other poster’s personal convictions about their choice to donate money and or time to charities.
My brother helped build houses for people in the slums of Tijuana, Mexico as part of a group. The project was spearheaded by a Christian charity and, while my brother is not a Christian and doesn’t care for missionaries and proselytizers, he said they didn’t do too much of that and, in any event, the relief they provided was immense. They provided decent housing to people living in cardboard boxes before. His wife and young son accompanied him on the project and they all found it very moving.
On the other hand, if Christian charities really turn you off (as they do with me), you can contribute to a Buddhist charity. My wife and I give to Taiwan’s Tzu Chi Foundation, which I believe is very honest and legit and the money goes where it’s needed (If someone has credible evidence to the contrary I’d be happy to hear it). Here’s their Website:
But, in response to the OP, I don’t know if they have a program for sponsoring individual children.