So despite not being quite financially clear we have been decided that we'd like to sponsor a child anyway... not only because it is a good thing but also to raise awareness in our own children. Trouble is we've ended up in a weird ethical debate about the whole process and now I feel I've sold out and compromised a bit. This is the issue... Grassroots - child sponsorship for a primary school child is £3.50 a month, Compassion £23 a month... roughly the same stuff but all of the grassroots money goes to the childs needs, not into admin - not sure about Compassion. The big drawback...we don't get a nice glossy photo pack from grassroots - well no, your money doesn't come back to you - it goes to the child. That feels like the right one. We've just gone for Compassion though because I wanted the children to have the glossy photo and to be able to write to them and learn more about that little life all the way in Tanzania... and now that feels really selfish. So now I'm going to have to find even more money every month and sponsor another 5 through grassroots as well.