24 Year International Grand Total 140,383 and 2,678 Sewing Machines. 2013 totals: 3,598 bikes and 277sewing machines
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P4P started its program in Tirane Albania in 2010 with the assistance of the Helen and William Mazer Foundation and the Clif Bar Family Foundation. Both foundations have stayed active supporting this worthwhile project. This weekend we loaded an additional 510 bicycles, 14 sewing machines and a vast variety of valuable bicycle parts donated by Bell Sports of York Pennsylvania. Our cumulative total to Albania is now 1975 bicycles.
Left to right Jordan, Steven, Robert
Coming from a poor background, Ama Attah became a seamstress’ apprentice, hoping to learn and eventually use the skill to improve her family’s financial standing. However, shortly after the completion of her apprenticeship, Ama’s sewing machine was one day accidentally knocked from a table to the ground, damaging it beyond repair.
As a result of WEBike’s intervention, Ama received another,
working sewing machine. She is overjoyed that she can now put
the sewing skills she worked so hard to learn to use and can
make money to support herself and her family.
Every year, affluent Americans buy 18 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more unused in basements, sheds, and garages. Most of these end up in our already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, poor people overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools. Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated over 130,000 bicycles, 2,000 used sewing machines and $10.8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in 38 developing world countries. Pedals for Progress isn't just donating used bicycles: It's also helping developing world economies by promoting self-sustaining bicycle repair businesses.
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November 18th, 2013
When I won the Rolex award in 2000, I convinced the Board to start a Capital Campaign for building a permanent facility. While we raised
significant funds, we never met our goal. Furthermore it has since been
decided our resources are better off helping people, than owning a facility
and we have excellent rental space. When the banks collapsed in 2007 we had approximately $110,000 in the capital campaign. I wrote to all the donors and requested that they release that money so that we could use it for general expenses. Most donors released their donation. Those funds helped us stay operational through the entire recession.
There is however $10,411 that has never been officially released by the
donors. In part because of how long ago these funds were donated, the
addresses we had on file the mail was returned. Further complicated by
Hurricane Sandy and multiple computer meltdowns, we no longer even have these bad addresses. It is my belief that these funds were donated by well-intentioned people who wanted their money to go to making a substantive long-term change in society. These funds were dedicated specifically to the Pedals for Progress Capital Campaign. The residual restricted funds could languish on the books of P4P providing no value to anyone. The Board feels that this is specifically contrary to what the donors intended. Furthermore since this money was dedicated specifically for "a" Capital Campaign, it should be used for such.
Pedals for Progress, a New Jersey nonprofit corporation, is hereby posting official notice to all of the original Capital Campaign contributors. If you are one of these original donors, we no longer have your address. Please write or email P4P with your name, address, amount of your donation, and instructions on what to do with your donation. You may instruct that P4P return of the donation to you, or that the donation may be used by P4P to fund ongoing operations without restriction. If we do not hear from you, the remaining Capital Campaign monies will be donated to the Hunterdon Medical Center (HMC) Cardiopulmanary Capital Campaign three months after the posting of this notice. HCMC is the local hospital that most of our employees use when necessary. The Board feels that we are fulfilling our duty to the donors by giving this money, first to a capital campaign and, secondly to something that will make a long-term substantive change that we believe remains the intent of the original Capital Campaign donors.
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