Books, reading and children are the perfect trifecta for making sustainable changes around the globe.

When I think of what I know from my days as a teacher, coupled with my experience as a mom and as a traveler – there is no doubt in my mind that helping more children gain access to engaging books to read is a recipe for success. Unfortunately, in too many communities around the globe, education and books are lacking, which means that countless children are not getting what they need to learn, dream and lead us into the next generation. But Worldreader and Passports with Purpose are trying to change that this year.

Passports with Purpose 2015

What is Worldreader?

Worldreader has reading programs in 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, reaching 40,000 students in 133 schools and libraries with thousands of books via e-readers. Inspired by his own family’s travel experience, David Rishner co-founded Worldreader to help children get the books they need “to become inspired, engaged and their best selves.”

Worldreader programs around the world

Worldreader programs around the world.

Worldreader is “on a mission to bring digital books to every child and their family, so that they can improve their lives” through technology, curation and fieldwork. Through e-readers and the Worldreader Mobile app, communities in 69 countries can access the Worldreader digital library which full of 28, 514 engaging and relevant titles reaching 69 countries in 43 languages.

What is Passports with Purpose?

Passports with Purpose was founded “as a way to build community among travel bloggers and to give back to the places we, as travelers visit.” Since 2008 more than 200 travel bloggers have helped do long-lasting good around the world by building schools, libraries, and a village. In 2014, Passports with Purpose helped communities learn to farm sustainably.


How will Passports with Purpose bring digital reading to children in Kenya?

The funds raised in 2015 from Passports with Purpose will bring digital reading to five libraries in western Kenya with Worldreader. The e-readers will provide an estimated 6,250 children, teachers and parents with access to more than 50,000 books.

Each library will get 50 Kindle e-readers, containing both English and Swahili fiction and non-fiction for all ages, as well as Kenyan textbooks. The Worldreader program also includes comprehensive training for the librarians, as well as a field-tested and proven solar solution that will keep the e-readers charged if electricity is scarce.

Passports with Purpose 2015

How can you donate to Passports with Purpose? And what could you win?

Over 50 bloggers have partnered with AMAZING companies and destinations to support Passports with Purpose this year. EVERY $10 donation gives you a chance to enter to win from the catalogue of prizes. As in, you could donate $50 – giving you the chance to win five different prizes (or you could choose to use each of your donation entries for 5 chances to win the prize of your dreams). And in case you are wondering how much of these donations really go to Worldreader? The answer is 100%. Yes, that is correct. 100% of donations, exclusive of PayPal fees, go directly to Worldreader.

I am thrilled to be partnering with Kimpton Hotels to bring a one-night stay at the Hotel Monaco Baltimore to the Passports with Purpose prize catalogue.

Build Literacy in Kenya with Passports with Purpose and Hotel Monaco Baltimore


Above and beyond the service, style and amenities that are commonplace in Kimpton Hotels, The Hotel Monaco Baltimore provides a historical adventure in the center of Charm City, greeting guests with Tiffany stained glass windows, crystal chandeliers and a jaw dropping marble staircase. This 202-room boutique hotel is located within the historic B&O Railroad headquarters, just steps away from the Inner Harbor.


Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore

I had the chance to stay in a bunk room which feature two doubles and a separate alcove with bunk beds for kids. The winner will be staying in a King Deluxe room.


Hotel Monaco Baltimore lobby

Enjoy morning coffee or evening wine hour in this living room/lobby.

The Hotel Monaco Baltimore hotel offers:

  • Complimentary morning coffee and tea and hosted evening wine hour in the lobby
  • Use of a yoga mat in every room
  • Signature Kimpton animal print robes in every room
  • A large and well-equipped fitness center
  • Newly designed bunk bed rooms with Xbox (ideal for families)
  • Bicycles for guest use
  • Selfie-stick loaners to capture memories as you explore Baltimore

Prize details:

Winners of the Hotel Monaco Baltimore stay will receive one night in a King Deluxe room between December 1, 2015 and December 30, 2016. The stay is subject to availability and blackout dates.

So? Are you ready to help more children and communities in Kenya with digital literacy resources? 

Explore the Passports with Purpose prize catalogue and make your donation (between November 9 – November 18th) to bring 5 e-readers to Kenya with Worldreader.

Learn more about Passports with Purpose and then DONATE.

Learn more about Worldreader.

Learn more about the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore.


Thank you to Kimpton Hotels for partnering to offer such an incredible prize. And thank you to TBEX blogging conferences who support the Passport with Purpose efforts.



Written by Elena Sonnino

Elena Sonnino

Chaser of Dreams. Life coach, wellness and travel writer, yogini, former teacher, adventure seeker, hiker, foodie …and oh right, cancer survivor. Elena writes about finding everyday wellness in far-flung lands and in her own backyard in the Washington D.C. suburbs.


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