Please Welcome PwP’s 2013 Charity! Help buildOn construct schools in Mali

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.

Why Mali?

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.

buildOn Mali girlOnly one in five women there knows how to read.

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.

Why buildOn? 

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.

Mali school construction buildOnEducation 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.

Mali schoolgirls buildOn1. Commit to help our 2013 campaign. Sign up as a participating blogger or explore sponsorship opportunities with us.

2. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date with all our latest doings.

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

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3 Responses to “Please Welcome PwP’s 2013 Charity! Help buildOn construct schools in Mali”

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    November 17th, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

    […] enormous and complex suffering are a fact of life. The need in Mali is as pressing as it was when we chose buildOn to be our beneficiary. There is still violent unrest there. It is still one of the poorest nations […]

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    November 22nd, 2013 @ 10:33 am

    […] Passports With Purpose starts on Monday evening. This year we’re working to raise money to build schools in Mali with I can’t wait to share my prize with you. Look for much more about that in the weeks to […]

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