Passports With Purpose: Help Bring Education To Mali, Africa & Score Some Awesome Prizes While Doing So

Sometimes it’s good to take a moment to realize how lucky we are; obviously if you are reading this post, you are fortunate enough to have a computer or access to one. You are literate and able to read these words, and you have had the privilege of attending school, whether it be a private or public education. You may be a college graduate, or even a proud owner of a higher education degree. Whatever your background, take a moment to understand how truly lucky you are for being able to have these things that so many others do not have.

Unfortunately, so many others in undeveloped countries do not have access to an education, yet welcome the building of schools and reading programs with open arms. Luckily, organizations like Passports with Purpose and buildOn exist, making these dreams a reality for many people, but they cannot be successful without our help.

Please take a minute to read about this amazing cause YOU can be a part of, which has a tremendous impact on countless lives.

What is Passports with Purpose, and why should you get involved?

Started in 2008, Passports with Purpose is an annual fundraising event hosted by travel bloggers raising money for amazing causes around the world. Past projects have built water wells in Haiti, libraries in Zambia, a school in Cambodia and housed families in India. This year, Passports with Purpose is rallying to raise $115,000 for buildOn, an organization who has built schools in some of the poorest regions of the world, such as Haiti, Mali, Nicaragua, Malawi, Nepal and Senegal. This year, with your help, we can come together for the goal of constructing three primary schools and funding three adult literacy programs in the region of Mali, Africa.

Learn about buildOn HERE

But, wait!! There’s more! Donate AND get a shot at winning some awesome prizes!

If helping those in need isn’t enough of a reason to get involved, check out some of the great prizes being sponsored by bloggers and travel companies just for donating! For every $10 you give, YOU get to choose the prize(s) you want a shot at winning! Gift cards, travel gear and even trips are up for grabs, making getting involved that much better! It truly is a win/win situation for everyone involved, especially those needing education in Mali.

itunes gift card

Seeing as I never travel without my iPhone loaded with various tunes and movies, I have donated a $100 iTunes gift card to the Passports with Purpose prize catalog to share the music love with one lucky winner. Gift card will be instantly sent via email upon announcing the winner, and all it takes is a $10 online donation to be in the running!

How do you get involved?

The 2013 online fundraising event will run from November 25, 2013 at 11:59pm EST and end on December 9, 2013 at 11:59pm EST. Check out all the other prizes up for grabs here!


A huge thanks to all the sponsors who make this very special event happen! Expedia; DK Eyewitness Travel—DK Eyewitness Guides and Rough Guides; TBEX; HomeAway, HostelBookers, Go With Oh, and Eating London.

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You're probably wondering what the heck is a "Roaming Bean"... Given that I am clearly not a Bean, and my name is Jen, what gives with this Bean thing, right? A friend of mine called me JenBean as a child, and it kinda stuck. Actually, it really stuck... even my license plate says Jenbean. And seeing as I have this grand lust to wander the world, The Roaming Bean seemed suitable. I've changed my career path more times than I have my underwear (minus all the times I've gone commando).... from animating, to forensic pathology, to international business, to fashion marketing and even to my wonderful and favorite of the bunch, degree in culinary arts, nothing kept my attention. Nothing was fun enough to do every day for the rest of my life. I mean, even though I cooked for celebrities in the heart of Hollywood, CA, why the hell would I want to sweat my ass off in a ridiculously HOT kitchen for most of the day and go home smelling like beef and onions? And the chef hat?? Do you know what that did to my hair?? Enter traveling.... The rainy day I descended down the tower of Notre Dame in Paris, gripping on to the railing for dear life so not to slip and tumble to an early death from the torrential down pour that was causing a small flood in the stairwell, my life changed. When I safely made it to the ground, legs shaky from an apparent lack of fitness it requires to walk up and down 387 steep stairs, I realized my hands were stained a delightful copper color from the rusted hand rail I had so dearly clung to. Desperate to get the icky stuff off my supple hands, and no running water in sight, I did what any other hopeless idiot would have done: I washed my hands in the nearest Parisian gutter. It was that moment that changed my life... I threw away my hair dryer, my rolling luggage and my dignity. I let my hair go natural, I bought a back pack and I CAMPED through Europe for a month and a half. Yes my friends, I crossed over into a savage traveling beast. Ok, a lot of people travel that way. But I didn't. And I'm so incredibly thankful for that rainy day in Paris that made me realize the world is a pretty sweet place. That realization led me on a quest; a quest to get out there, see things, soak up some local culture and eat my way around the world (with minimal food-related illnesses, such as but not limited to raging diarrhea).

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