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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...

P4P Partners with Airline Ambassadors to Deliver Sewing Machines to El Salvador

Fall 2007 InGear In late spring, P4P was contacted by Airline Ambassadors. They were looking for sewing machines to send to their charity program in El Salvador. Airline Ambassadors International is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Nations and recognized by the U.S. Congress. It began as a network of airline employees using their pass more...

New Project and Our First in Jamaica

Fall 2007 InGear One of the difficulties in establishing any new program overseas is getting that first shipment there. Customs, politics, cultures, languages, international trade laws, and even weather can make for a trying experience in getting a shipping container filled with 450 to 500 bikes to a destination hundreds or even thousands of miles away. In trying to more...

Where in the World is the Republic of Moldova?

by Reykha Bonilla Fall 2007 InGear Pedals for Progress V.P. Visits Moldovan Partner After many a raised eyebrow from friends, family, and even the travel agent who booked my ticket when I said I wanted to go to Moldova, I always found myself explaining why I was going there. And then I also ended up explaining where "there" was. Located in Eastern Europe surrounded more...

Abuelas in Action, Honduras

Summer 2007 [caption id="attachment_3028" align="alignleft" width="300"] Las Mujeres de Delicias[/caption] Abuelas in Action is a new non-profit looking to solve the problem of unemployment among women in Honduras. Our mission is to empower the low-income women in Honduras to break the cycle of unemployment by providing them access to skilled job training and more...

Westchester: A Well-planned Collection Turns Out Even Better Than Planned

by David McKay Wilson Fall 2006 InGear When the Westchester Cycle Club began planning a used bicycle drive for Pedals for Progress, we hoped to collect 150 bikes. That was enough to fill the truck we rented to deliver them to High Bridge, New Jersey, where Pedals for Progress is based. But then we partnered with several houses of worship, a few community groups, and more...