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Letter from Dolinta Mihaela, Moldova

Fall 2010 InGear Dear Pedals for Progress, The Milesian philosopher Thales said that one of the very difficult things for men was “to know oneself.” But I also think it’s one of the most rewarding. We discover new sides of our personalities trying new things and learning new skills. These experiences help us look forward to new goals. That’s why it’s more...

Letter from Pripa Elena, Moldova

Fall 2010 InGear Dear Pedals for Progress, I am a 15-year-old girl from Pelinia, Moldova, and trying to choose the way of my future. Frankly speaking, I was confused and didn’t know where to continue my studies. But now, after attending the “Art of Sewing” courses organized in our village by Consult-Nord, I know for sure that I will be a dressmaker. These more...

Programii Alternativave Sociale Stimuluese, Tirana, Albania

Fall 2010 InGear PASS (Programii Alternativave Sociale Stimuluese, Social Stimulating Alternative Programme), located in the Albanian capital city Tirana, was established in 2002 with the goal of encouraging community action and raising public awareness of local social and environmental issues. Some of their activities include operating the Welcoming Center for more...

Stitch Quilting Arts Magazine, Spring 2010

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P4P Recipient Spotlight: Eliseo Perez, Nicaragua

Spring 2010 InGear Name: Eliseo Perez Age: 16 years Parents: Cristobal Manuel Perez y Catalina Valverde Born in: Diriamba Carazo, Nicaragua School: Colegio la Palmera Completed 3rd grade of elementary school Family: 4 brothers Meet Eliseo Perez. When he was very young, he was diagnosed with leukemia and doctors discovered a brain tumor. Not only could he more...

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...