I have great concern for many organizations as to how much really goes to "administrative" costs or other things rather than the child & I also have great concern on how well some monitor the child's family/child's well-being in general. Meeting our child while also on a mission trip to another part of TZ I can tell you that 100% believe that the utmost is done for a compassion child. The records they keep on each child in the village is amazing. We met all counselors , pastor, teachers involved with these children. Went to the child's home, met the family & I can tell you that most DEFINATELY these children really exist. Knowing the cost of items, etc in TZ & some of their lifestyle (we are very involved in TZ) that the money sent is used for the care, education & all health needs of that child. The families are required (regardless of their religion or tribal believes) are required to attend church & uphold the biblical teaching of that child. Also, any other money that is sent to that child goes 100% to that child to use for themselves & family. The counselors make sure that it is used also for that child (just not family). I saw with my own eyes, was very impressed & over the past 6 years never hesitate to tell someone "if you want to sponsor a child-do it through Compassion"