It’s the holiday season, and if that’s put you in a giving mood or you’re just looking to accumulate some good karma, do check out the latest initiative that I’m supporting called Passports with Purpose (PwP), a travel-inspired fund raising event helmed by travel bloggers to raise funds for various causes in developing countries around the world.
I will admit to not always being the most charitable or empathetic sort of person, but I like what PwP stands for. I first saw PwP in 2011 where they were raising funds to build libraries in Zambia – a cause I can definitely get behind as I’m a big reader myself and believe in the power of reading and literacy – but unfortunately I missed the deadline for that. This year’s cause is also something I can relate to as well, as PwP looks to raise funds for water.org to build wells for clean water in Haiti.
Most of you reading this probably have clean tap water at your disposal – you turn on the tap and it flows easily, you flush and shower and rinse and wash without a care, and quite often you can quench your thirst by sticking a mug under the spout and drinking tap water directly. But not everyone has the luxury of readily accessible clean water – this basic human need to survive is sorely lacking in various places around the globe and water.org is looking to change that, one well at a time.
What YOU can do
PwP is looking for you to make a donation, but it’s not without some perks thrown in! They’ve gathered a whole bunch of travel bloggers and partners together and have collated quite an impressive set of prizes that you could win just by making a US$10 donation to Passports With Purpose!
For each $10 donated, eligible donors will be entered to win a prize of their choice. After the fundraiser ends, a winner is randomly selected for each prize. All of the funds raised go to water.org. The Passports with Purpose website hosts a list of all the available prizes and donors make a tax-deductible donation.
- One-night stay in a Riverside Room at Rainbow Ranch
- Two 30 minute massages at The Outpost Retreat
You will receive a gift certificate which will be mailed to you at the end of the fundraiser.
Located along the picturesque banks of the famed Gallatin River, Rainbow Ranch Lodge is a peaceful retreat providing guests with an unrivaled Montana experience in Big Sky Country. With 21 well-appointed guestrooms and three spacious riverside log cabins, a robust food and wine program, access to an abundance of summer and winter activities and close proximity to the famous Yellowstone National Park, Rainbow Ranch Lodge is an ideal destination in any season. The lodge is proud to offer seasonal Montana ranch-to-table cuisine, finely crafted from the freshest ingredients available from the earth, rivers and streams by Chef Ian Troxler, an award-winning wine cellar, and artisan-inspired offerings such as barrel-aged cocktails and house made charcuterie. Rainbow Ranch Lodge is owned by Scott Gibson and managed and operated by Seattle-based Columbia Hospitality. For more information, please call (406) 995-4132 or visit www.rainbowranchbigsky.com
More info in fact sheet here
About Passports with Purpose
In 2008, Debbie Dubrow, Michelle Duffy, Pam Mandel and Beth Whitman, the bloggers behind Delicious Baby, WanderMom, Nerd’s Eye View and Wanderlust and Lipstick respectively, began a travel-inspired initiative to raise money online. Passports with Purpose also filled the need to do long-lasting good for people in the places travelers visit by uniting an online community and leveraging the social media platforms of more than 100 travel bloggers around the world. PwP initiatives benefited Heifer International, the Passports School with American Assistance for Cambodia and a village in Tamil Nadu, India for 25 Dalit families with Land for Tillers’ Freedom. In 2011, funds were raised to build two libraries in Zambia with Room to Read. For more information about Passports with Purpose, visit www.PassportswithPurpose.org, www.facebook.com/PassportswithPurpose or www.twitter.com/PassportPurpose.
For more than two decades, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driver, market-based solutions to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation; giving women hope, children hope and communities a future. Water.org is empowering millions of individuals around the world with access to clean water and sanitation; ensuring a better life for generations ahead.Learn more and make a difference: www.Water.org.