Posted on | June 27, 2013 | 3 Comments
From the beginning five years ago our work here at Passports with Purpose has always been audacious. We’ve always chosen projects that are vital, that take us to new places, that involve bricks and mortar and real-life change for people around the globe. We challenge ourselves – and you – to step up and help.
This year is no different.
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.
Schools, literacy, education – all things that we value and want to promote. Our fundraiser this year will do this in a very concrete way.
It’s the fifth poorest country in the world according to the UN Human Development Index, and has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world as well.
The political situation in Mali has been unstable for the past several years, with both a rebel takeover and a military coup as well as fighting between various factions in the northern region of the country. The situation has recently become somewhat calmer, and elections are scheduled for this summer – so the time for encouraging stability and autonomy is ideal.
We received applications from a number of amazing charities doing great work around the world. But we chose buildOn for a variety of reasons. They have a proven track record in Mali and have built nearly 200 schools in the region, even during the recent unrest. They work closely with the communities whose schools they build, requiring them to apply for the funds, vetting them, and then asking them to participate in numerous ways from creating a leadership committee to actually constructing the buildings. They require the schools to educate boys and girls in equal numbers and focus on math and literacy skills as well as critical information like nutrition and family planning.
Education is a fundamental human right, one that elevates every member of society it is provided to. buildOn has worked for years to see that the neediest among us learn the skills to generate income and create stability in their own societies.
We hope you’re as excited about helping buildOn as we are. So excited that you are wondering
What can I do right now to make the 2013 Passports with Purpose fundraiser a success?
We’re so glad you asked! Because there are a few things you can do right away.
3. Mark the period between November 25 and December 9, 2013 on your calendar and plan to spread the news of our fundraiser far and wide.
Need more details? Please see the press release.
And then, for the sixth time, let’s get started.
All photos courtesy of buildOn