Passports with Purpose

Many travel bloggers have a social conscience and know that they’re way more privileged than many of the people they encounter in their travels, especially those they meet in Third World countries. In 2008, a group of concerned travel bloggers formed Passports with Purpose to do just that. Each year they choose a project, hold a cyber-fund raiser and donate the money raised.

In 2009 they raised $28,000 to build a school in rural Cambodia.  The goal had been $14,000.

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2009: American Assistance for Cambodia, photo/courtesy Passports with Purpose

In 2010, the $60,000 raised went to build homes for 25 families in Southern India surpassing their $50,000 goal.

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2010: Land for Tillers Freedom,photo/courtesy Passports with Purpose

In 2011, the goal was $80,000 to build two libraries in Zambia. The final tally was $90,000.

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2011 Room to Read, photo/courtesy Passports with Purpose

Clearly, Passports with Purpose speaks to people.

For their 2012 project, they are joining forces with Platinum Sponsor, Expedia, to work with Water.org to raise money to build wells in Haiti, a country where sanitary conditions in some places are almost non-existent and people have to carry potable water a great distance. Safe water means an increased chance for health and survival.

The great thing about this fundraiser is that besides getting the satisfaction of giving, you can win prizes. Travel bloggers have worked hard to get some pretty great items donated. For every $10 you donate, you get a chance to win. The bounty runs from clothing to electronics to great travel giveaways such as a five-night stay at the Banyon Tree Myakoba valued at over $3,300 or a vacation rental from Home Away worth $1,000 at any of the homes they represent. There are too many prizes to mention then all. Take a look ; better yet, donate. I know that’s where I’m heading next.

For their 2012 project, they are joining forces with Platinum Sponsor, Expedia, to raise money to build wells in Haiti, a country where sanitary conditions in some places are almost non-existent and people have to carry potable water a great distance. Safe water increases chances for health and survival. Their on the ground partner who will implement the project is Water.org.

Passports with Purpose needs your support as do the people of Haiti. Pick your favorite prizes and donate now.  Your donation window closes on Tuesday, December 11, 11:59pm EST. What are you going to try to win?

 

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