Passports with Purpose 2009

Photo by Quinn Ryan Mattingly

Photo by Quinn Ryan Mattingly

In its second year, the travel bloggers’ force for good, Passports with Purpose, is aiming to build a rural school in Cambodia.  It’ll cost $13,000…and I’m hoping you can help.

Travel bloggers and companies from around the globe have ponied up a collection of fabulous travel opportunities, perks and items designed to inspire your wallet — and heart — to open.

The raffle opens today, and each tax-deductible donation of $10 or more will enter you in a drawing for the prize of your choice!

Pam Mandel, of travel/photography/fish-recipe/ukelele blog Nerd’s Eye View fame, has once again fallen in love with a good cause and joined charitable forces with a few of her fellow Seattle-based travel bloggers (Delicious Baby, Wanderlust and Lipstick, and Wandermom.)

In its first year, PwP 2008 raised $7,400 for Heifer International. This year, PwP is taking on a crushing problem in one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia.

Mandel apparently wept her way across Cambodia, anguished by the plight of impoverished, uneducated kids who seemed to have no future. Not content to feel helpless, she discovered a charity called American Assistance for Cambodia, which aims to raise money for the country’s children through a variety of gut-wrenchingly positive programs, including the building and outfitting of rural schools.

Through AAfC, PwP aims to sponsor the building of one rural Cambodian school. And hey, if there’s a little left over, it can always go towards a teacher, a bookcase of books or solar panels to power donated computers. (Tired of this year’s laptop already?  Welcome to a great way to clear your technology cache and move on.)

In one simple page, here’s a list of the prizes being offered and the form for purchasing raffle tickets.

The raffle is open until December 21st, so you’ll have the next three weeks to make a difference in the life of children you may never meet, but who may someday change the world for the better.

See also
TWT Travel Binder: Cambodia

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