Charityhelp allows donations to orphans in Afghanistan and North Pakistan. The general idea is to educate and house children in war-torn areas of religious extremists. With an education, the kids are less likely to be recruited into extremist groups and more likely to find employment. Seems to be working so far-8 orphanages in Kabul and 2 in North Pakistan. When you donate, you can choose a kid to sponsor, then keep in touch with. This way, you know the cash is actually reaching someone--you can ask the kid what they receive. Charity receipts provided, of course. The lady and her husband running the show were in a refugee camp in Pakistan, helping out a clutch of orphans, when the founder of the charity hooked up with them, got some publicity over the years. Donations built up and eventually the lady in charge was featured on CNN's "Heros" and the increased donations allowed them to expand the number of orphanages.