Travelers Unite with to Help Build Clean Wells in Haiti. 

In a world overwelmed by need, it’s exciting to see travelers come together with the concentrated purpose to help fill a global void and be the change they wish to see in the world. Better still, it’s working.

In 2011, Passports with Purpose (PwP), an annual philanthropic project where travel bloggers and travel enthusiasts come together to make a difference, joined with Room to Read to raise $90,000 for libraries in Zambia. The year before that, in partnership with LAFTI (Land for Tillers’ Freedom), PwP built an entire village in India’s Tamil Nadu region. 

For 2012 they’ve set out to raise $100,000 for and build five clean water wells in Haiti and you can be a part of it., co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, is a nonprofit organization that has focused on hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.

Originally known as WaterPartners International in 1990, WaterPartners merged with H2O Africa in 2009, resulting in the launch of also has a microfinance-based venture called The WaterCredit Initiative.

For each $10 donation, you get to bid on a prize of your choice, ranging from hotel stays, travel packages and gear to tours, gift certificates and  electronics. Your donation will help fund the wells that will bring clean water and so much opportunity to Haiti. Learn how you can help. 

How To Donate and Bid on Prizes

To participate in Passports with Purpose 2012, please head on over to the Donate Landing Page on the main PwP site. For as little as $10 you can enter to win some very cool prizes and help PwP build clean water wells in Haiti. Or, if you would like to donate without entering any of the prize drawings, please go here.

The fundraiser runs through December 11, 2012, at 11:59PM Eastern Time. You can check progress of the fundraiser on the widget below – it will update with funds raised every day. 


About Passports with Purpose

Now in its 5th year, Passports with Purpose is an annual travel bloggers fundraiser, raising money each year to fund a different project to help change the world. PwP co-founders Beth Whitman, Pam Mandel, Michelle Duffy and Debbie Dubrow led the travel community to create two libraries in Zambia, a school in Cambodia and a village in India. The 2012 philanthropic effort will run November 27, 2012 through December 11, 2012. To learn more, visit


*Images from Haiti above courtesy of’s Flickr feed.


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