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Helping Children: Soccer Equipment in Ghana

Spring 2010 InGear [caption id="attachment_2887" align="alignleft" width="300"] Recipients of soccer equipment from the Westchester NY Cycle Club[/caption] In the United States, it’s a common sight to see kids in schoolyards and backyards, on the beach or on the street, get together to play a casual game of football or just to toss the pigskin around. The same is more...

Consult-Nord: P4P Partner in Moldova

Consult-Nord, a local Moldovan NGO established to promote local economic development in Pelinia, saw the potential results that Pedals for Progress’s bicycles and sewing machines could provide and requested to become a partner. Consult-Nord started selling bicycles this winter after receiving a shipment in late December of 2008. The good quality, affordable bicycles are more...

Sewing Machines in Kyrgyzstan and Beyond

Spring 2009 InGear Over the years, word got around that, in addition to bicycles, we were recycling used sewing machines. This practice started somewhat by accident, and gradually became a regular part of our work. Initially, “Treadles for Progress” simply meant sending along several refurbished sewing machines with our bike shipments. Since sewing machines are more...

Continued Clif Bar Support

Spring 2009 InGear Our project in Sierra Leone is less than a year old, and it’s already a success despite many initial logistical difficulties. Helping us overcome these challenges is the very generous Clif Bar and Company. Because of a significant grant from the Clif Bar Family Foundation, we were able to fund the vital first shipment of bikes to Sierra Leone in more...

Our Resident Filmmaker Visits Sierra Leone

by Greg Sucharew Spring 2009 InGear My family has been involved with Pedals for Progress in one capacity or another for over a decade now. My father serves as a member of the board. My brother worked for the organization in the 1990s. I began with Pedals in 2002. And I’m sure during this span of time we’ve donated a bike or two. So the idea of bicycles reducing more...

Sewing Machines Shipped to Kyrgyzstan, Our Newest Partner

Summer 2008 InGear [caption id="attachment_2624" align="alignleft" width="198"] Roberto with his community partners[/caption] Most of our projects, and indeed our very first projects, are in Latin America. Nicaragua is where we got our start, and Pedals for Progress founder, Dave Schweidenback, got the initial idea for the organization while stationed as a Peace more...

Clif Bar Grant “Fuels” New Project in Sierra Leone

Summer 2008 InGear [caption id="attachment_2614" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dave, Greg and Adam with the first shipment to Sierra Leone[/caption] Doing good for Clif Bar begins with their responsibly made, wholesome—and rather tasty—products, and continues with their passion for giving back. Many of us at Pedals for Progress have enjoyed Clif Bars at more...

Letter from Eritrea

After the CNN Heroes Program in July, 2008, Dave Schweidenback received this email.   David, Congratulations! A well deserved recognition. I am a living witness to the powerful incentive your bicycles provide. In 1995–1996 because of your and P4P’s help, I literally collected all the discarded lead batteries that people in rural more...

Visiting Our Partners in Ghana

by Dave Schweidenback Spring 2008 InGear There is no sleek air-conditioned tube when you disembark from the jet at the Tema airport. Rather, you walk down a set of circa-1950 mobile stairs to the hot tarmac, and you instantly realize you’re in a third world country as the pungent smell of wood-fuel cooking stoves assaults your nose. The airport was bedecked with the more...

New Program in Jamaica Gets Assist from Our Friend in Colorado

Spring 2008 InGear [caption id="attachment_3377" align="alignleft" width="280"] John Elias in Jamaica with our P4P partners[/caption] A little over ten years ago, John Elias, a Peace Corps alum who had been stationed in Jamaica, ran several collections for Pedals for Progress in his hometown in the Colorado Rockies. Doing so nearly crowded himself out of his auto more...