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Help Build a Village in India

We are participating in the Passports with Purpose fundraiser again this year. After last year’s huge success, $30,000 raised and a school built and operating in Cambodia, Passports with Purpose has another good deed in the works — a plan to raise $50,000 to help build housing in India!

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to LAFTI (Land for Tillers’ Freedom), an independent, nonprofit organization based in India dedicated to improving the lives of the Dalit Caste, India’s poorest of the poor population. LAFTI works with government and private institutions to purchase land for Dalit families which they then farm for a steady income. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards constructing housing for these families that have never had a roof over their heads.

Our Prize

We are very fortunate at Ciao Bambino to have a great portfolio of properties that appeal not only to families, but couples and solo travelers as well. With that in mind, we searched for a prize that would be equally interesting to all types of travelers — and we found it! The Riviera Palm Springs in Palm Springs, California donated a tremendous prize …. a 5-night stay in a Mediterranean Suite and a dinner at Circa59 restaurant!

This property has a retro glamour décor that makes parents feel hip while captivating the kids. Although The Riviera Palm Springs is kid-friendly property with things like a family pool, dive-in movies and marshmallow roasts, there’s nightlife too. Guests will feel equally comfortable here for a family vacation or a couples or girlfriends getaway. The large, main pool is stunning and the giant pool “pillow-like” floats are heaven. A trolley service to downtown Palm Springs makes it easy to take a break and check out the local scene.

Prize Details

5 nights in a Mediterranean Suite (1 king bed/1 pullout queen). Taxes and resort fee included.

Dinner for two at Circa59 Restaurant (Max value $100, alcohol and gratuity not included)

Valid for 1 year. Expires 12/17/11.

Blackout dates: 2/18-2/20, 2/28-3/4, 4/1-4/2, 4/15/4/16, 5/27-5/29, 9/2-9/4, 8/9-8/10, 11/24, 12/31

Value: $2,000

How to Participate

Go to the Passports with Purpose Donation Page to see the complete list of prizes offered this year including our Ciao Bambino’s Riviera Palm Springs. You can buy the $10 raffle tickets here and specify which prize(s) are of interest.

Key Dates

PwP drawing begins: November 15

PwP closes: December 13

Prize winners announced: December 17

Please join us in supporting this important effort. Who knows — you may win one of the fantastic prizes offered this year.

Travel bloggers around the world are hosting giveaways in support of this fundraising effort. For each $10 donation that you make to LAFTI, you will be entered in the giveaway(s) of your choice. The donations for prizes closes on December 13 and all proceeds go directly to LAFTI. Donations will still be accepted after December 13 but you won’t be entered into the giveaway drawings. LAFTI is a501(c)3 charity. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

See what my other family travel experts have donated on Best Family Travel Advice.

Relevant Links:

Riviera Palm Springs website

Palm Springs with kids

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