Posted on | August 5, 2011 | 3 Comments
We’re excited to share that we’ve partnered with Room to Read, as the 2011 beneficiary of Passports with Purpose! Supporting an early childhood literacy project goes right to the heart of what we love – reading and writing.
With your help, our goal is to raise $80,000 to build two libraries in southern and eastern Zambia through Room to Read’s Reading Room program.
“Room to Read was founded because of my experience being introduced to a ‘library without books’ in a rural village in Nepal. The headmaster’s simple request to someday come back with books sparked my desire to help him to bring the lifelong gift of education to his students. We have now opened over 11,000 libraries, but need tens of thousands more. So we are very excited to be a part of Passports with Purpose because it allows travelers to share their passion, while also providing children with quality education to shape their futures,” said John Wood, Room to Read founder and board co-chair. “This innovative fundraiser combines travel, social media and philanthropy and will benefit communities in Zambia for years to come.”
The groundwork building up to establishing these two libraries has begun and full establishment will occur mid-2012. Funds raised for the libraries will cover the costs of the constructing building, all the library resources such as books and educational materials, teacher training and three years of support. After that, the library is handed over to the government school system.
Although Passports with Purpose begins on November 30, we encourage everyone to get onboard early. We want to thank 2011 Platinum Sponsor Round the World with Us and Silver Sponsor Travellerspoint for jumpstarting our fundraising efforts!
If you’re a blogger and you’d like us to let you know how to participate in Passports with Purpose this year, you can sign up here. If you represent a company that would like to sponsor Passports with Purpose or provide a prize for our fundraiser, please contact us here.
Each year, we’re in awe of the support we receive from you. We’ve come so far because of YOU. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!