One initiative that always makes me proud to be a member of the travel industry and its community is the annual Passports with Purpose (PwP) project which brings together bloggers, travel industry professionals, and nonprofit organizations in an effort to support various worthy causes since its inception in 2008.
Last year, with our collective help in raising over $100,000, Passports with Purpose was able to build wells in Haiti with Water.org.
This year, Passports with Purpose is teaming up with nonprofit organization buildOn to raise $115,000 to build schools in Mali. You can follow fundraising efforts and conversations on Twitter at #PwP.
In 2013, with your help, we will raise $115,000 for buildOn to construct three schools and fund three adult literacy programs in the Sikasso region of southern Mali, Africa.
Where I Come In – Partnership with Wimdu
This year, I’ve partnered again with Wimdu, a fantastic apartment and bed rental company with a sweet tagline “Travel like a local” to bring you an equally sweet $500 voucher you can use to cover lodging on your next trip.
I openly advocate ground-level travel through my Slow Travel Stockholm site which means traveling as slowly as feasible so you can adequately and respectfully soak up the local culture as best as you can. Whenever I travel with my family for more than three days, I usually prefer rental apartments that allow us in a sense to develop temporary roots in a place and move through it like a local.
Where You Come In
From November 25th until December 9th, you can make donations of $10 or more to the cause. In addition, you can choose which prizes you’d like to win when making your donation including the $500 voucher from Wimdu for renting apartments while traveling like a local.
Please reach into your pockets and give what you can. Special thanks to Wimdu for supporting this effort.
Previous PwP Efforts
To learn more about previous projects, please check out the links below.
2012 – Water.org – Building wells in Haiti
2011 – Room to Read – Building libraries in Zambia
2010 – LAFTI – Building a village in India
2009 – American Assistance for Cambodia (AAC) – Building a school in Cambodia
2008 – Heifer International – Donating lifestock
2008 – Giving Back: Passports with Purpose