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Afribike: Improving School Attendance through Bicycles

Fall 2001 InGear In rural South Africa, it is not uncommon for primary and secondary school students to live many miles from their school, and to spend precious hours walking between home and academics. Few South African schools can afford to offer bus service, or board students. Given the distances to cover on foot, many promising students have little time to complete more...

COMWELF: Doing Well in Bawku District, Ghana

Fall 2001 InGear As Pedals for Progress crosses the 10,000 bicycle per year production mark, Africa is receiving more and more bikes, both in total numbers and as a share of overall production. Over the last decade, seven countries in Africa—most significantly South Africa, Ghana, and Eritrea—have received 6,600 bikes, over half of them in the last 18 months since more...

A Note from GoodWill in Panama

by Tom Ford, board member, Asociación Panamena de Industrias de Buena Voluntad Fall 2001 InGear We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our third container. Despite the fact that we cannot meet the demand for mountain bikes, the public has reacted very favorably to our super prices as a great transportation alternative. Distribution has included almost all more...

A Case Study in Monitoring and Evaluation: Guatemala

Fall 2001 InGear In November, 1999, P4P began shipping to FIDESMA (Fundación Integral de Desarrollo y Medio Ambiente). The first container of 438 bicycles was sponsored by the Golden Rule Foundation; a second shipment of 519 bikes was paid for in part by FIDESMA and partially by the Koinonia Foundation. FIDESMA serves the highland indigenous community of San more...

Creating Hope in Ada, Ghana

by Lomo Tanihu Fall 2001 InGear I am Lomo Tanihu, now 19. I left school ten years ago when my parents could no longer afford to send me. I cannot read or write. In spite of this setback, I decided then that even if I did not go to school, I would still be somebody. But instead of achieving through learning, I would do it through bike-riding. Bikes are expensive in more...

P4P and Rotary in Senegal!

Summer/Fall 1999 InGear In early 1999, P4P made its first shipment—440 bikes—to the West African coastal nation of Senegal. The recipient—the Association des Bacheliers pour L’Emploi et le Developpement (ABACED)—is a non-profit agency, established in 1985 by 20 young Senegalese professionals, which manages programs in savings mobilization and more...

First P4P Partner in Mexico!

Summer/Fall 1999 InGear Desarrollo Rural de Guanajuato (DRG), a 22-year-old affiliate of the Mexican Rural Development Foundation, is P4P’s first partner in this important U.S. neighbor, the hemisphere's most populous Spanish-speaking country. In June, 1999, P4P loaded a single-container record of 553 bicycles—collected in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and more...

It’s Better on a Bike! The CELA Bicycle Workshop-School

Summer/Fall 1999 InGear As Latin America grapples with the inter-linked challenges of poverty, urbanization, and environmental deterioration, a new generation of citizen activists is arising within the market economies overseen by still-fragile democracies. A good example is the Centro de Asistencia Legal Ambiental (Center for Environmental Legal Aid—CELA), based more...

Chase Manhattan Bank Sponsors Simultaneous Fall 1999 P4P Collections in Four States

by Andra Stam–Taylor Summer/Fall 1999 InGear Chase Manhattan Bank is strongly committed to the communities which it serves. As part of a comprehensive corporate philanthropy initiative, one of the ways that Chase displays this commitment is through an annual October event called “Global Days of Service” (GDS). In 1998, 13,000 Chase employees, along with more...

Rural Health Care Delivery … and Bicycles??

Spring/Summer 1996 InGear The Society Taking Active Responsibility for International Self-Help (STARFISH), an Ohio-based non-profit agency, and Pedals for Progress (P4P), a New Jersey non-profit specializing in mobilizing overseas development, have joined to more effectively deliver medical services to rural communities in an impoverished corner of the Indian Ocean more...