Water: A life essential – Passports with Purpose 2012

I remember those days…

bike touring argentina

Long distances between water sources meant very heavy bikes. We frequently strapped extra 2-liter soda bottles to our bikes to get us to the next town in Argentina.

The days when we were two or three days between water sources and we loaded liters and more liters of water on our bikes to get us through. I remember eating crackers and cheese for dinner rather than using precious water for cooking. All those evenings I climbed into my sleeping bag with layers of sweat and road grime caked on my legs because we needed to save our priceless water for drinking.

I remember, too, the delightful times when we managed to find a river to camp next to, and how somehow access to water changed everything.

And now, we’ve been back in the USA for 19 months and not a day goes by when I’m not grateful for the magic of running water in my house. Getting a drink of water… Filling a pot to cook soup… Taking a shower and allowing warm decadent water to flow over my body… I am so very thankful for that water each and every day.

And yet, many people around our world don’t have access to clean water.

mali desert village

Water is a luxury we take for granted. Many people around the world don’t have that luxury.

It’s easy for us, sitting in the USA, to forget that people walk miles and miles for clean water each and every day. And then they carry that water back in buckets balanced on their head or carried on their shoulders.

Each time they cook lunch for their children, they watch that water level go down. Each time they get a quick drink of water, they are reminded that the trek will need to be done again all too soon. They walk miles to the water source for a simple thing like a shower.

This year, travel bloggers around the globe are joining together to raise $100,000 to help water.org build wells in poverty-stricken Haiti.

Passports with Purpose (PWP) started in 2008 as a way for travel bloggers to give back to the global community. In their first year, Passports with Purpose raised $7,400 for Heifer International.

In 2009, Passports with Purpose raised nearly $30,000 to add improvements to a basic school. The school, built through a partnership with American Assistance for Cambodia is now complete.

In 2010, they raised $64,128 to build an entire village in India.  Construction is now underway.

In 2011 they raised $90,000 to build two libraries in Zambia through a partnership with Room to Read.

And now, in 2012, the hope is to build wells for many communities in Haiti, providing much-needed water for thousands.

How does it work?

For the past few months, travel bloggers have been busy rounding up prizes from sponsors. You can see the complete list of prizes here.

For each $10 you donate, you’ll be able to put your name into the pot for a prize. After the bidding closes December 11, a winner will be randomly chosen for each prize listed.

dream reboot logoJenn Miller and I have donated a seat in the spring session of our Dream: Reboot – a $500 value! I would love to see you join our class – and even better if needy people in Haiti get water wells as well.

(Click here for more info about our Dream: Reboot | 12 Weeks to Making a New Reality)

Please donate here!

ALL funds raised go directly to water.org for programs in Haiti; none of the hundreds of travel bloggers or the organizers of Passports with Purpose will receive any of the money raised.

I remember very clearly how a lack of water impacted my life. I knew I had chosen that lifestyle and I knew that if the lack of water ever got to be too much I could quit. Millions of others around the globe don’t have that luxury.

Won’t you help? We all thank you.

mali bike touring

***Edited to add: THANK YOU ALL! We did it! ***

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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