Help Send eReaders to Kenya with Passports with Purpose
It’s that time of year again; time to think about turkey, mashed potatoes, wish lists and stretchy pants. That’s it right? Nope. Although these are all fun, what we really need to do is think about how we will give back to the world we live in and discover each year with or without our children in tow.
Passports with Purpose, a non-profit organization started by four Seattle bloggers, has been bringing hope through partnerships with already established non-profits across the globe for seven years. I’m proud to say that Walking On Travels has been supporting Passports with Purpose (#PwP on Twitter) for as long as we have been a website, whether it was through hosting a procured prize, running social media for that year’s charity, or just reminding friends and family that now is the time to do something for those around you or a world away.
This year PwP has teamed up with Worldreader, an organization that is bringing eReaders to schools and libraries across the globe. Why is this important? According to UNESCO, 781 million adults and 126 million youths – 3 out of 5 of them girls – can neither read nor write. This year we are raising money for schools and libraries in Kenya, because as many as 50 percent of all schools in Africa have few or no books. As a mom this year’s fundraiser is especially important to me, not only because I love books so much, but also because I have a kindergartener who is learning to read and I can’t imagine not having any books for him to learn with and enjoy. We have been blessed with access to more books than we could ever read in a lifetime. It is important for me to teach my sons as early as possible that when we are blessed, we need to bless others too.
For every $5000 raised, 200 eReaders with books in English and Swahili will be donated to schools and libraries in Kenya.
According to Passports with Purpose, “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.” Electronic readers are great, but if you can’t keep them charged it is just another paperweight that no one needs. Knowing that Worldreader saw this problem and has actively tried to solve it, makes their partnership with PwP a solid one that I can believe in, donate money to and get excited as the dollars roll in and we can purchase more eReaders.
The structure of the Passports with Purpose fundraiser is very simple: for every $10 donation you give you get to toss your hat into the ring for your choice of prizes. There are forty prizes this year, which include trips, gear, your very own eReader, gift cards and even jewelry. Donate $100 dollars and you get your chance to win 10 different prizes, 10 opportunities to win the same prize, or you can strategize and divvy your money up with $30 in a piece of gear you want, $50 for that trip you have been dying to take, and $20 for an Amazon gift card. Your choice! Check out the PRIZE CATALOG to see what you could win. There is no maximum you can give, just a minimum of $10.
My top 5 prize picks this year:
- 30-minute Flytographer session.
- Two-night weekend stay at the Library Hotel in NYC
- Okemo 2-night Ski and Stay for two
- GoPro Hero4 Black
- Four-night Stay in Yucatan, Mexico with Chichen Itza Tour
You need to act fast though. This fundraiser ends on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Prizes will be announced on November 22nd, so don’t wait! Donate money, because even if you don’t win, you just gave some kid in Kenya the opportunity to read. This is something we as individuals can stand behind, but even more important maybe is that we as parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents are teaching our kids that not all the money needs to go to toys for them this holiday, but giving to others is the best gift of all you as a family can send to children in Africa this holiday season.
Will you DONATE today? Spread the word!
All images courtesy of Worldreader