Travel is life changing. Travel introduces you to new people, new cultures and new needs. Yep. You read that right. Needs.
In 2013, I traveled to Honduras with my family on a church mission trip. We saw many needs that we’re not faced with here in Ohio. We saw children and adults who walked for more than two hours to visit the remote village we called home for nearly a week. They came not only because they were curious about the Americans who were visiting, but also to visit the makeshift dental clinic that I served in and with hopes to join us for meals.
Though Honduras is land rich, the land is not fertile. Rain, droughts and poor farming practices make it difficult to grow many crops and the sloped, mountainous landscape of many jungle villages makes farming difficult.
It’s astounding to me that up to 75 percent of the people in Central America have never had access to garden vegetables. And malnutrition and insufficient income to meet basic needs is a real threat to many families.
That’s where Passports with Purpose can help.
What is Passports with Purpose?
Passports with Purpose was started in 2008 by Debbie Dubrow, Pam Mandel, Beth Whitman and Michelle Duffy. The four travel bloggers wanted to give back to the places travelers visit, while building community among travel writers. In the past six years, Passports with Purpose has attracted bloggers from around the world and raised funds for Heifer International, built schools and supported literacy programs in Mali, dug wells in Haiti and helped families in Cambodia, Zambia and India.
The goal of Passports with Purpose is to raise money for organizations that provide long-lasting benefits for the people and places travelers visit. The beneficiary of the current Passports with Purpose fundraiser is Sustainable Harvest International (SHI), an organization that aids families in Central America with training and tools to preserve the Earth’s tropical forests while overcoming poverty.
Learn About Sustainable Harvest International
Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) has provided intensive technical training to more than 2,500 families and saved 85,000 acres of tropical forest teaching new farming techniques.
For every $5,000 raised through Passports with Purpose, SHI will help one extended family in Honduras learn to feed their family and farm sustainably. Training will last five years. It impacts that family, but also has a far reaching benefit the entire community. The Hondurans will learn to grow organic vegetable gardens and fruit trees and how to build fish ponds and chicken coops, allowing them to provide for their family and basic needs.
How You Can Make a Difference
This is where you come in. Passports with Purpose will donate 100 percent of the proceeds raised (minus PayPal fees) directly to Sustainable Harvest International. Together, we have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those who live in rural Honduras. We can help meet their needs.
Nearly 50 travel bloggers have partnered with the Passports with Purpose fundraiser to aid Honduras. Each blogger has secured a prize from a sponsor. These range from luggage to electronics to getaway packages. During the next two weeks, you can browse the Prize Catalogue and bid on prizes. Each bid, or $10 donation, equals one “ticket” or chance to win the prize you select. You can bid as many times as you like for each prize and on as many prizes as you like. You can put $100 towards one prize for 10 chances to win it or you can divide your donation up for a chance to win a different prizes.
The fundraiser ends at 11:59pm EST December 17, 2014. Winner will be drawn by the Passports with Purpose board.
Contribute Now to Passports with Purpose
What do you say? Are you ready to make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season? Browse the Prize Catalogue to bid on a prize, or donate directly to Passports with Purpose.
While you’re browsing the prize catalogue, you’ll find several prizes from participating TravelingMom writers.
Ohio TMOM is offering a Lake Erie Shores and Islands package that includes an overnight getaway at Sawmill Creek Resort, a pass to three area museums and dining.
List Making TravelingMom is offering a set of Helly Hensan duffel bags. The durable nylon tarpaulin, these waterproof bags are perfect for the adventurous traveler.
TravelingMom with Teens and Family Fun TravelingMom joined forces to bring you a bundle of products from Britax, Joovy Hook, LeapPad3 and TravelKiddy, designed to make traveling with little ones easier.
Solo TravelingMom brings you what is sure to be a fun-filled two-night stay at Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Kids are sure to love these wild and wacky accommodations in Orlando, Florida.
Unplugged TraveliingMom is offering a two-night family ski and stay package for four from Bolton Valley Ski Resort in Vermont. The package includes accommodations, lift tickets, breakfast and use of the Bolton Valley Sports Center.
Join us to help fill the needs of those in Honduras. Visit Passports with Purpose and donate today. Together, we can make a difference.