Passports with Purpose is a global-minded charity rooted in the travel-blogging community that I am involved with. We are now three weeks into this year’s fundraising. Our goal: to raise $50,000 USD to build a village for members of India’s impoverished underclass.
The concept is simple. Go to the Passports with Purpose website and donate as much or little as you like. For every $10 USD you donate, you will be entered into a draw for a prize of your choice. Prizes include Airline tickets, electronics (including a Kindle and an iPad), tours, gift certificates, and luxury getaways. Most prizes seem to range from about $150-200 USD, but the most expensive is “3 nights in an ocean view room at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, a luxury resort on Hawaii Island’s sunny Kohala Coast”, with a price tag of $2250 USD.
Not a bad reward for getting in the Christmas spirit and pitching in to help to put a roof over somebody’s head.
More About PWP
PWP was founded by Debbie Dubrow, Pam Mandel,Beth Whitman and Michelle Duffy in 2008. That year they raised $7,400 for Heifer International. In 2009 they blew away their goal of raising $14,000 to build a school in Cambodia, and raised $30,000, so they threw in a vegetable garden, a clean well, and a school nurse, in a addition to building the school. The school, which was built with help from American Assistance for Cambodia, is already finished.
This year they have set the bar high. PWP plans to build an entire village for Dalit (untouchables) in India. To do this they are working together with LAFTI International, founded by Krishnammal Jagannathan and S. Jagannathan, which has won both the Right Livelihood Award and the Opus Prize for it’s humanitarian work. You can donate directly to LAFTI International here.