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Building Libraries in Zambia with Passports with Purpose


The travel blogging community is a pretty cool one, and here’s but one example of how: Passports with Purpose.

This annual fundraiser began in 2008 with four Seattle bloggers, raising $7,400 in its first year for Heifer International, nearly $30,000 for a school in Cambodia in 2009, and $64,128 for a village in India in 2010. This year’s project is building two libraries in Zambia, where more than half the population is less than 16, leading to a big burden on educational institutions there. Nearly 260,000 children from 7 to 13 are not enrolled in school.

How can you help? It’s super easy. A bunch of awesome travel bloggers have rounded up travel-related prizes of all kinds, from 110,000 Hyatt Gold Passport Points (enough for five to 22 nights, depending on where you stay) to a luxury getaway on Maui to a Eurail pass to help you get around Europe to a Kindle Fire to take on the road. To be eligible for a prize, donate in $10 increments and designate which goodies you’re going for. I’ve thrown my hat in the ring for three of the offers, and although I’m sure not to win because I have absolutely no luck at these types of things, I’m happy to support the library-building efforts.

Entries close at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, Dec. 16 (that’s tomorrow!), so check out the list now and donate if you’re so inclined.

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