Washing with clean safe water (courtesy Passports with Purpose)

Washing with clean safe water (courtesy Passports with Purpose)

Turn a water faucet handle in a hotel room, and then remember that in that particular location, you can’t drink what comes out.

Many of us do not give much thought to the miracle of a clean, reliable water source. Turn the tap and the stuff’s just there for us, right? Wrong. For so much of the world it is never that easy, but we can help make the situation a little better. Here’s how….

This year’s Passports with Purpose travel blogging community fundraiser is partnering with Water.org to raise US$100,000 (yeah, that’s six figures!) to build five water wells in two communities – Boucan Carre and Mirebalais – in Haiti.

Last year, Passports raised enough money (mostly in US$10 increments) to build two libraries in Zambia in partnership with Room to Read. This year, our partner is Water.org for the wells.

The power of #PwP is that you can see exactly where your money goes. Projects are clear, concrete and tangible. Even better, the PwP volunteer crew goes to see them when they’re done and reports back, giving a real sense of connection and satisfaction.

As a host blogger for Passports, Perceptive Travel loves to give destinations a chance to shine in front of the travel blogging community. Last year we hosted a prize donated by the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, located in the Bastrop, Texas area near Austin, which had suffered through horrendous wildfires. Blogging about Lost Pines and Bastrop was our contribution to perhaps helping to return tourism dollars to the area.

Here’s how it works….

Passports with Purpose

In addition to the great offer we’re showcasing below, you can browse through this full list of travel-related prizes and bid for chances to win whichever ones appeal to you.  At the end of the fundraiser – it runs through December 11, 2012 – one winner of each prize will be randomly selected from all of those who have bid for it.

A $10 donation per bid is suggested, but if you don’t want to make a donation, mail one self addressed stamped envelope to: Passports with Purpose, P.O. Box 16102, Seattle WA 98116.  Include the name of the prize you are entering to win.

A huge thank you to the Granbury CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau) who sponsored the 2012 prize package featured here on the Perceptive Travel Blog:  a fabulous getaway to the pretty north Texas town of Granbury (near Dallas/Fort Worth) which includes these goodies:

**  One overnight stay at homey Texas Heritage Cabins, plus
**  Dinner for two at the elegant yet friendly Eighteen Ninety Grille and Lounge on the picturesque town square, and
**  Tickets for two to a production by the historic Granbury Theatre Company / 1886 Opera House, and
**  Tour and tasting for two at craft beer standout Revolver Brewing (DO NOT leave without sampling their Blood & Honey ale.)

Revolver Brewing in Granbury Texas (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

NOTE:  Texas Heritage Cabins offer expires 12/31/2013, is for single or double occupancy and includes a complimentary breakfast. Reservations based on availability.

I’ve visited Granbury and I can tell you, this town has a lively charm that you will not easily find elsewhere. It’s a short hop south from bustling Dallas and Fort Worth, with plenty to do and see. The local businesses are bursting with pride in their beautiful downtown, and rightly so. Go see it!

Are you ready to buy a chance at this prize, or any other to help fund the construction of those wells?

For a chance to win, go here to the PwP Prize List/Donate page and follow the directions.

What happens in Haiti when a new well goes in? A celebration like this one….

We’d also like to thank the generous sponsors of Passports with Purpose 2012:

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