Passports With Purpose is an annual travel bloggers fundraiser. Last year 90 bloggers came together to raise money (almost $30,000) to build a school in rural Cambodia. This year, the goal is to raise $50,000 to build a village in Karunganni, India through a partnership with Friends of LAFTI.
Friends of LAFTI is a foundation whose mission is “To support Land for Tillers Freedom (LAFTI), a non profit, non-governmental organization that gives impoverished families in India an opportunity to own land, receive training, build homes, earn their own income and give their children an education.” For more than 50 years, LAFTI have been committed to helping Dalits (India’s untouchables), especially women, with projects that include land distribution, cultivation, adult training, youth housing and housing construction. For about $2,000, LAFTI can build a home, for which the land title is given to the woman of the household. Passports with Purpose aims to raise enough money to build approximately 25 homes to create the Passports Village in Karunganni, located in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.
How can you help? Go to the Passports With Purpose donation page where for ever $10 you donate you can enter to win from a long list of prizes. The list of donated prizes include airfare vouchers, travel and tour gift certificates, and an HD video camera. Your donation is tax-deductible (for those of you in the States).
One of the things I ultimately hope to do with my photography, and this blog, is to somehow make a difference in peoples lives. I’m still working out how I’m going to go about doing that, but this is one small thing we can all do this holiday season to help improve the lives of others.