Photo courtesy of USAID_IMAGES – flickr
A year ago I introduced wanderboomers to Passports with Purpose, a fundraising organization started by four members of the travel blogging community: Debbie Dubrow, Michelle Duffy, Pam Mandel and Beth Whitman.
The four were motivated by a desire to bring the travel blogging community together and as Pam explains, “to make the places we’ve been better.” Since its inception in 2008, the organization has exceeded its goals every year, raising a total of over $150,000. so far to fund such projects as two libraries in Zambia (2011), housing for 25 families in southern India (2010), a school in rural Cambodia (2009), and Heifer International (2008).
If you have ever travelled to a developing country, no doubt you, too, have wondered what you could do to help improve the lives of people who live there. The good news is that Passports with Purpose has made it easy for the rest of us by doing in-depth research on causes that help people in poverty, especially women and children.
This year, the organization is supporting Water.org with a goal of raising $100,000. to fund 5 wells for two rural communities in Haiti where half the population lack access to clean water and only 1 in 5 residents have access to a sanitary toilet.
Here’s how you can help. Donate a gift of only $10.00 (or more, if you’d like!) between now and December 11th to give hope, health and a brighter future to the people of Haiti. Plus, each $10.00 donation gives you the chance to win a prize of your choice, ranging from clothing, electronics, gift certificates and hotel stays!
** All photos courtesy of Passports with Purpose.org.
Led by Expedia, the 2012 sponsors for this year’s fundraiser also include Tripit, TBEX, HomeAway, Travellerspoint, Hostelbookers and GoWithOh.
Please consider donating to Passports with Purpose 2012, wanderboomers. Help us spread the good word by sharing with your friends and social media communities! Many thanks!
Have you ever traveled to Haiti, wanderboomers? Please share your story with us here.