Re: Refugee crisis - child sponsorship
I worked for a year as an child sponsorship administrator for an NGO. Although there are some really amazing NGO's who use child sponsorship as a model, it can be a very inefficient and inadequate way to get support to those who need it most.
Whilst the 'cost of doing things' may seem really high, there is no doubt that the big organisations - unicef, red cross/red crescent/world vision/caritas have the structures in place to deliver large mobilisations and meet a lot of needs.
Finding grass-roots organisations that match your ethical standards and are not corrupt or self-serving, can be difficult...but if you want the money to go furthest, those messy grass roots organisations often do the most with the least money (and probably the least accountability or infrastructure)...