Once again it’s time to help with Passports with Purpose  What’s that you ask?  It’s a yearly fundraiser held around Thanksgiving, to aid some needy beneficiary. This year the goal is to raise $115,000 to build three primary schools and to fund three adult literacy programs in Mali, Africa. Work will be coordinated in Mali by buildOn.  This is one of the most illiterate and poorest countries on the continent.

I’ve been to Africa and seen people struggling to get by every day. We take our schools for granted in the US, but over there, just having a school to go to is a luxury.  Many children sit under a tree and are happy to just have a teacher. Others never get the chance to have an education at all.

In order to do our part, travel bloggers across the world donate or get donations and people get one chance for each $10.00 donated. At the end of the fundraiser, December 9, a drawing is held for each prize donated and the lucky recipient receives the prize. For all the details, check out the FAQ.

In order to pull this off each year, Passports with Purpose gets dozens of bloggers, but this year they also are receiving sponsor support from: Expedia (platinum sponsor);  DK Eyewitness Travel—DK Eyewitness Guides and Rough Guides (gold); TBEX (silver sponsor); HomeAway, HostelBookersGo With Oh, and Eating London (bronze sponsors).


This year, I’m donating the Meze Classic 88 headphones. These are high quality, ebony wooden headphones for the audiophile.  Made of wood instead of plastic or metal, these headphones create a warmer, smoother sound.  A detachable, one sided cord makes for simple wire management. With a unique headband, these headphones can be worn comfortably all day long.  (Shipping is limited to bidders in North America.)

For more information on these great headphones, check out Meze’s site at www.mezeheadphones.com/index.html.

Please help us reach our goal by bidding on these headphones or on one of the other many fabulous prizes available through this fundraiser. A ten dollar donation gets you one chance to win this or another great prize. Be sure to check the whole list.

One thing is for sure, whether you win or lose, your money will make a permanent difference in the lives of those in Mali.  Thanks for your support.