I have always been an avid reader. As a child, I remember begging my mother to order as many Scholastic books as we could afford, then ploughing through the pile like in a single weekend. It must have been a costly habit, and since I’ve been paying my own bills for quite some time, one of most valuable cards in my wallet nowadays is my Vancouver Public Library card. I love Libraries, browsing the Fast Read shelves at my local Library branch, and reserving new titles online.
So of course, this year’s Passports with Purpose campaign is close to my heart. I’m so proud to help in my small way to promote and support the efforts of Worldreader to bring e-readers and e-books to five libraries in Kenya. The e-readers will provide about 6,250 children, teachers and parents with access to more than 50,000 books. Each library will get 50 Kindle e-readers, containing both English and Swahili fiction and non-fiction for all ages, as well as Kenyan textbooks. The Worldreader program also includes comprehensive training for the librarians, as well as a field-tested and proven solar solution that will keep the e-readers charged if electricity is scarce. More information about the project can be found here.
Passports with Purpose began in 2008, and is an annual travel bloggers’ fundraiser held during a two-week period in November/December. Past PwP initiatives benefited Heifer International; the Passports School with American Assistance for Cambodia; a village in Tamil Nadu, India for 25 Dalit families with Land for Tillers’ Freedom; two libraries in Zambia with Room to Read; five wells in Haiti with Water.org; two schools and two adult literacy programs in Mali with buildOn; and, in 2014, five communities in Honduras with Sustainable Harvest.
Funds are raised through donations from readers like you who are able to donate $10 on our catalog of prizes; each chance is $10 and all proceeds go to Worldreader’s efforts to foster literacy in Kenya.
From November 8, 2015, to November 18, 2015, visit Passports with Purpose and donate for a chance to win the $300 ToursByLocals gift certificate and other great travel prizes. The prize catalogue is full to bursting with other incredible swag; remember, a $10 or $20 donation goes a long way.
We are once again delighted that ToursByLocals has agreed to sponsor an amazing prize in support of this year’s Passports with Purpose fundraising campaign. ToursByLocals is generously donating a $300 gift certificate that can be applied to any customized travel experience offered by the company, nearly anywhere in the world.
With your $300 gift certificate from ToursByLocals, you can choose a private guide in almost 1,000 places around the world, and create a day that will give you and your travel companions an insider’s look at the city, town or region you’re visiting. You can choose from culinary tours, historical walks, hands-on artist workshops, cycling tours, or cooking classes – your guide will customize your ideal day.
Based in Vancouver, Canada, ToursByLocals connects travelers with experienced local guides in over 130 countries around the world. All ToursByLocals tours are private and fully customizable, meaning you and your travel companions can take advantage of a local expert to design your perfect day.
Enjoy an insider’s look at a new city, or see a familiar place with fresh eyes, on a ToursByLocals tour.
Think you can’t win?
Think again! Two years ago I donated and won four amazing TransPack ski bags, courtesy of TransPak and PitStopsforKids. Donate, feel great about supporting a worthy cause, and you may even be rewarded for your good deed. It doesn’t get much better than that!
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Note: The Travelling Mom thanks ToursByLocals for its generous support of the 2015 Passports with Purpose campaign.