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Adongo the Bicycle Mechanic

Summer 2017 InGear Adongo is a young energetic man who resides in the Northern Region of Ghana. Life after secondary school was very vexatious. There were not enough funds for Adongo to continue school. Since time obviously waits for no man, he decided to use his time profitably. After much deliberation, he finally resolved to learn a trade. Consequentially, he more...

New Partner in Fiji: Rise beyond the Reef

Fall 2016 InStitch In a shipment of bicycles to Fiji sponsored by the Friends of Fiji, Sewing Peace included 20 sewing machines which were donated to Rise beyond the Reef, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization focused on improving the educational infrastructure, health, safety and economic development opportunities for women and children throughout rural communities of more...

15 Years of P4P Collections, An Appreciative Retrospective

by Jackie Johnson, Granby CT Fall 2016 InStitch I wrote an article for the Spring 2011 InGear that began as follows: I was prompted to call Pedals for Progress in September of 2002 after I read a small article in Hope Magazine (long since out of business). The article told the story of Dave Schweidenback launching Pedals for Progress following his experience in the more...

Kyrgyzstan, a land beyond

by David Schweidenback Fall 2016 InStitch In preparing for this newsletter I tried to reach out to a number of programs from a number of years ago trying to get some feedback as to the longevity of the sewing machines we ship. Programs are always excited when they receive a shipment but my goal was to ask how they would feel about it six or eight years later. Did it more...

Turning Waste into Opportunities

by Liz Sweedy Fall 2016 InGear The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority (MCMUA) has hosted a used bike and sewing machine collection for 14 consecutive years since 2003. The Pedals for Progress collection program aligns with the MCMUA’s overall vision to reduce waste, reuse items, and build a culture for sustainability. In those 14 years, the MCMUA has more...

A Guatemala Success Story

Fall 2016 InGear We regularly feature stories of our partners’ customers whose lives have been improved by a bicycle. Here’s a different kind of story: the story of a former employee of our good friends at FIDESMA, our partner in Guatemala, who hired a hard-working young man five years ago and supported him in a series of jobs of ever greater responsibility. Byron more...

Success is Not Just Measured in Wheels and Pedals

by Patricia Hamill Fall 2015 InGear Our long-time readers know by now that we are especially pleased when we report on having joined with new partners or on the expansion of existing programs. The day-to-day operations and successes are, of course, very important to us and all of our volunteers' efforts are important to note; but, sometimes something happens that just more...

Letter from Fiji

Bula Vinaka, Greetings from Fiji Between 1993 and 2002 we were lucky enough to receive six shipments totaling 1012 bicycles from Pedals for Progress. We were very successful reaching at-risk youth, teaching them basic mechanics and instilling in them a love for cycling. Due to a variety of reasons both personal and political I was not able to keep the program more...

Looking for a few good volunteers

Looking for a few good volunteers, You know of Pedals for Progress <www.p4p.org> as we have had great success during the last 24 years recycling used American bicycles from the greater New York City Philadelphia area.  In fact we have collected and shipped 145,000 bikes to developing world nations to spur economic growth.  What you might not know is we have a more...

Environmental Laureates’ Call for a CO2 Emissions Tax

March 13, 2015 Floods, storms, droughts, wild weather fluctuations and the associated economic destabilisation plague the world. Polar ice shields are melting and the sea is rising. Severe heat waves, freshwater exhaustion, local air pollution and the dramatic loss of biodiversity are reaching alarming levels. Current policies on the burning of coal, oil and gas more...