I entirely agree and the local Humanist group (Glasgow, Scotland) works closely with other secular groups and religious groups to deliver soup kitchen services.<quoted text>
I would think that as long as; needy people were being helped,starving children were being fed and the homless had a roof put over their head,who should get a pat on the back would be the least important issue. I for one am glad both groups are helping.
But consider Africa, for instance.
Ugandas parliament is still considering a proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill that, even though the death penalty has been removed from it, would still be one of the most punitive anti-gay measures in the world.
The problem with missionaries is that they often see their evangelical role as important, or even primary. Witchcraft and child mutilation are also a problem in Africa and it is difficult to counter or 'explode' one superstition while trying to maintain another. A rational and secular approach is normally far clearer and better.
A current example of specifically humanist charitable work is the humanist schools project in Uganda, including New Humanist magazines Mustard Seed Humanist School appeal and most recently the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust.
(Note: the Humanist Soc Scotland does charitable work but it isn't mentioned on their website. I know because I'm a member).