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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...

Letter from Angel Escobar: from Student to Teacher to Business Owner

Fall 2006 InGear We recently received a letter from Angel describing his experience with our El Salvadoran partner CESTA. For more information on CESTA's bicycle program, click more...

A Year-long Sewing Course Leads to a Career

Fall 2006 InGear Lourdes Santiso Salizar took a sewing course at FIDESMA seven years ago. She took the year-long course due to lack of other employment opportunities. After she finished the course at FIDESMA, her parents helped her buy an industrial sewing machine and gave her a workshop space in their home. Today Lourdes runs a successful clothing business in more...

Santos Bar Balan — Mountain Bike Owner

Fall 2006 InGear Every day Santos uses his bicycle to travel the one-and-a-half kilometers from his house to his job at the local brick factory on the outskirts of San Antonio, Chimaltenango, Guatemala. Before he owned his bicycle, Santos had to walk to work as well as to his other activities. Now he moves easily from place to place without wasting time. He leaves more...

Letter from Uganda

Fall 2005 InGear This spring Pedals for Progress sent its second shipment to the Biikira health center in Uganda. Mulamata Charles recently sent us photographs of their projects. This work is possible due to the bicycle Mr. Kiibi, the health promoter, purchased through the health center.   Dear David, These are some of the pictures I was able to send more...

Rotary Homes of Hope Making a Difference in Ecuador

Fall 2005 InGear Among its latest efforts to assist some of those among the poorest in Ecuador, the Rotary Homes of Hope Project will ship a container of goods to the village of San Pablo, Ecuador. Included in the shipment will be 50 bicycles and 10 sewing machines supplied by Pedals for Progress. The District 7510 of Rotary International Homes of Hope Project began more...