Passports with Purpose: Help Build Libraries in Zambia

This is not a story. It’s a call to action: buy a $10 ticket, get a chance to win some awesome prizes, and help out a few communities in Zambia.

Over the last few of years, Passports with Purpose (PwP) has built schools in Cambodia and village houses in India. This year, PwP is headed to a new continent with a new mission: to build libraries and raise literacy in Zambia with Room to Read.

Young Kid Grabs Camera - Mto wa Mbu, Tanzania
Get books into the hands of village kids like this in sub-saharan Africa.

And we’d like your help to make it happen. Don’t worry, getting involved with PwP, helping to build a library and putting books in kids’ hands halfway around the world is easier than you think. It’s kind of fun even.

What is Passports with Purpose Again?

It’s one thing to talk about giving back, it’s another to take action and make it happen. That’s what four travel bloggers in the Seattle area did a few years ago. They got together and came up with an idea that enlisted other travel bloggers and leveraged their desire to give back. All that combined blogging and social media savviness has already helped to raise money and make a difference in communities around the world.

This year’s PwP challenge: raise $80,000 to build two libraries in Zambia.

We’re excited to be one of this year’s participating blogs helping to improve literacy halfway around the world. In addition to building libraries in Zambia, Room to Read, this year’s PwP partner is also committed to girls education. They run a special program for secondary school girls to acquire life skills. As you know, investment in girls and girls’ education are topics very close to our hearts.

Nepali Schoolgirls - Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Nepali girls on their way to school on the Annapurna Circuit.

I’m sold. How do I get involved?

Go to the PwP Donate page and check out the prizes on offer. Each prize has a minimum value of $100, many are worth much more. There’s some really cool stuff, from a 15-day Eurorail pass to a biking tour from Bangkok to Koh Samui to the latest Kindle Fire.

Decide which prize (or prizes) you’d like and purchase $10 ticket(s) to win it. As you may have guessed, the more tickets you buy for a prize, the more you increase your chances to actually win it. So if there’s something you really, really want you may want to splurge for a couple of tickets.

Ten dollars goes a long way halfway around the world and you may win a great prize. Everyone wins.

And the fine print. Be sure to head over to the PwP donate page between November 30 and December 16, 2011 to buy your tickets and get involved. Otherwise, you’ll miss out and you’ll have to wait another year for your next chance. Now you wouldn’t want that, would you?

Our Hosted Prize for Passports with Purpose

This year, we’ve teamed up with ExOfficio for a $150 gift certificate. We use ExOfficio gear ourselves and have written lots about the versatility – and durability (we’re not easy customers!) – of our ExOfficio clothes. Here’s your chance to try out ExOfficio clothes yourself.

Tree Pose at the End of the World - Petra, Jordan
You too can do the tree pose at Petra!

We sincerely thank ExOfficio for working with us and Passports with Purpose 2011.

Get Moving Now! Buy a Ticket! Spread the Word!

So this holiday season, help us help others by buying a ticket and spreading the word of PwP to friends who would enjoy contributing and getting involved. Thanks for your support and we look forward to helping fund a couple of libraries in Zambia!

One last time, here’s the PwP donate page.

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  1. Izzy says

    I totally support the cause and everybody should do the same! Kids all over the world have the right to be educated and live a good life, come on everybody, support the cause!

  2. says

    @Izzy: Thanks for your support for Passports with Purpose! Hope you had fun perusing the prizes and bought a few tickets!

    @Jodi: Glad our silly tree pose pic made you smile :) Also helped that our guide in Jordan turned out to be a pretty good photographer.

  3. Angela says

    I absolutelly suppport the cause, as well. Kids are the future of this world and we should treat them with the love and respect they deserve. I will be happy to see more active support here.

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