Bloggers Tell All: Why Participate In PwP 2013

Posted on | November 14, 2013 | 5 Comments

BuildOn MovementIf there’s one thing that proves that travel inspires compassion, it’s that–for five years running–travel bloggers from all over the world have come together to make a BIG difference where it’s most needed.

Why do it? And why keep on doing it? Find out what a few first-time and veteran bloggers have to say about raising money for buildOn to construct primary schools and fund Adult Literacy Programs in the Sikasso Region of Mali, Africa.

Pssst…You want to help, but don’t have a prize yet? It’s not too late. Get in touch, we’re here to help.

Why Participate in PwP 2013?

Nicole Wiltrout, Arrows Sent Forth

I have no doubt I’ll always participate in Passports with Purpose in some way. But this year in particular, I feel so connected to the cause. I’ve been on an incredible journey with my oldest son the past few months. He started school this year and is in the process of learning to read. Watching the way education is transforming him has been so eye-opening. So I love that this year, Passports with Purpose is benefiting buildOn and giving that same gift of education which so many of us take for granted to those who will have their lives changed by it.

Candace Derickx, Life In Pleasantville

I signed up with Passports with Purpose this year after hearing about this great organization at the TMS Family Travel Conference. I’m a big believer in being a gracious traveler and always doing something to help out my host country. I’m excited to take it to the next level though and do something really great with the connections I’ve made as a travel writer. Of all the things I’ve seen and done this past year, the highlight for me will be seeing buildOn receive the full goal amount to build the schools in Mali. So very excited to be participating for the first time…..but not the last!

Amy Moore, Everything Everywhere

For several years I’ve been involved by giving money, but this is the first year I’m participating by hosting a prize.  Watching PwP do such good work, I’m proud to be involved.  Literacy has always been a passion for me, and I’m excited to help affect the lives of the adults and children these schools and programs will serve.  I hope that it starts a chain reaction of good in their community.

Amie O’Shaughnessy, Ciao Bambino

Ciao Bambino wouldn’t miss supporting Passports with Purpose! This annual fundraiser is the one time during the year when the travel blogging community works together for the good of others, not just the good of our blogs and businesses. In our increasingly connected world, it’s seems easier than ever to focus on “the little things” instead of what really matters. Passports with Purpose always supports awe-inspiring projects, from building libraries in Zambia to building an entire village in India. These essentials benefit people who would otherwise live without what we tend to take for granted. This year’s effort, building schools in Mali through buildOn, follows suit. We’re sponsoring two amazing prizes from one of our favorite brands in the entire world this year and can’t wait for the fun to start on November 25th!

Alessandra Granata, I Viaggi Dei Rospi

We are so excited to participate in our first Passports with Purpose, as we’ve really appreciated the work and efforts made by the team in the previous editions. As parents and travel bloggers, we feel so close to this year’s goal about schools and adult literacy programs. Giving people from Mali and all over the world an education, should be mandatory for all of us, as it is exactly what we wish for our kids. Learning is the first step of personal improvement as travel opens your mind and give you a wider base of knowledge. Everyone’s commitment can help to change things for the better. Now, with all our passion we can’t wait to be part of this, we’re “Mali enthusiastic”!

Keryn Means, Walking On 

As a mother traveling with her sons across the globe it is important not only for me to give back, but for my sons to give back to those they may come across on our travels. Passports with Purpose continually works with organizations making a meaningful and lasting impact that my family can be proud to be a part of, whether it is building communities, libraries or schools. Each project is something that my boys can relate to in some way. After all, kids just like them live in ever nation, but they may not have the luxuries we take for granted at home. I’m thrilled to partner with PwP for the 3rd year in a row as we help build schools for children in Mali, kids who otherwise might not have the opportunity. My oldest is just starting his education. I’m sure many wonderful conversations will pop up as we chat about the schools we are going to help build with buildOn.

Julie Henning, Wisconsin Parent

This is my second year helping raise funds for Passports with Purpose, but my first time talking about global welfare on In the Midwest, childhood obesity is a bigger concern than access to clean water and nutritious food. Not to mention, as residents of the United Sates we are entitled to free education and illiteracy among adults hardly is seldom a topic for discussion in the local news. With Black Friday and commercialism about to dictate our shopping habits, this fundraiser is a wonderful opportunity to take a hard look at our first world problems. Donations are tax-deductable and if your employer matches charitable giving, Passports with Purpose can also serve a dual purpose on your 2013 tax return.

Elena Sonnino, Live.Do.Grow

Travel and finding ways to give back are characteristics of being a global citizen- something that I was raised to be as a child and something that I try to foster in my own daughter and other tweens. While you do not need a passport to be a global citizen, you do need to act- to care- to give…in ways big and small. The ability to be part of a community effort like Passports with Purpose brings together some of the most powerful tools to use social media for good: collaboration, purpose, passion and action to raise awareness and funds for buildOn to foster sustainable futures for children in Mali by building schools.  It does not get much better than that as far as global citizenship.

Dana Freeman, Find and Go Seek

This is the first time that I am participating in Passports with a Purpose as a travel blogger, however I have been a supporter of the program for many years. I am so impressed by what this group has been able to do with their fundraising efforts. I am confident that by harnessing the power of the travel writing community to benefit buildOn, we will be able to reach our goal of $115,000 so that new schools will be constructed and adult literacy programs will be funded in Mali.  Becoming involved in this group blogging effort inspires me to do something more with my writing. I am looking forward to the outcome of this year’s campaign.

Vero Autphenne, All Over the Map

When you’re starting out as a blogger, sometimes you wonder whether anyone is listening.

When we started our blog in 2010, we weren’t sure if anyone but our families were reading our posts, or if anyone who was reading was getting anything from them, so participating in the Passports with Purpose fundraiser was a chance for us to put our little voice to work with lots of other bigger voices to create a chorus of good. We loved knowing that the work we were doing was going to benefit that year’s charity directly, and we put everything we had into getting the word out. It felt great to know that we were doing something that would make a real and positive change in the lives of people who had been struggling in Haiti.

We are excited about this year’s chosen charity, buildOn, because we believe wholeheartedly in their mission to build schools and break the cycle of poverty in Mali. I think any of us would do whatever we could to eliminate poverty if only we knew what to do. Well, this is way for us to make a mark. Research shows there would be a 12% drop in global poverty if all students in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills. And buildOn is addressing that directly, by building schools in Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world. Even better: enrollment by girls is increasing each year and is now at 43% of the total enrollment.

We are lucky to live our lives confident in knowing that our children have access to quality education. Let’s help make that basic right become a reality for their brothers and sisters in Mali.

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Word. Thanks a million to all you beautiful, magnificent bloggers! It’s a privilege making this magic happen with you.

– Sandra

Photo courtesy of buildOn.

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5 Responses to “Bloggers Tell All: Why Participate In PwP 2013”

  1. Alessandra
    November 14th, 2013 @ 4:26 pm

    So happy to be part of the team!!!

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    November 25th, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    We’re thrilled to be part of this!

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