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Ghana: Water as a Necessity

By Ohemaa Sarfoa Fall 2017 InGear One of the most important commodities in the lives of all living things is water: the body is made up of 70% water, and plants as well as animals need water for growth. Water is an undeniably substantive commodity in the livelihood of humans. In spite of the importance of water, access to potable water is a great hurdle in some more...

Ghana: Values of the Bicycle

By Ohemaa Sarfoa Fall 2017 InGear Because of its numerous uses, a bicycle could be a very cherished vehicle for its possessor. Forty-year-old Mr. Sapaku is a tailor. He has been using a bicycle in his daily dealings for the past ten years. Aside from the thrifty significance of the bicycle, it unknowingly gets rid of some health-related deficits in his body, as more...

Report from Albania, Fall 2017

Fall 2017 InGear Albania has one of our most active partners, PASS/Ecovolis, which runs a wide variety of social and environmental programs. An Update from March 2017 mentions two of their programs. One uses P4P/SP sewing machines to make reusable shopping bags and the the other operates a children's library, LibrAria. Ened Mato, the PASS director, recently more...

Treasurer’s Message, Fall 2017

Hi. I'm Johnny Alexander, Treasurer of Pedals for Progress. Dave and I were Peace Corps volunteers and roommates in Sucua, Ecuador, for all of 1979. He often tells the story of our Peace Corps landlord who put to productive advantage one of the few bicycles in Ecuador. Sr. Peña was part of the inspiration for the founding of P4P. Several years ago I joined the more...

President’s Message, Fall 2017

By Dave Schweidenback Due to a confluence of events, both bicycle production and sewing machine production were sharply higher in 2017. An improving economy certainly means more bicycle sales and therefore more bicycles to recycle. P4P had a 12% increase in the production of bicycles; that means we were able to reach 12% more people. Pedals for Progress is such a more...

New Jersey DEP 2017 Recycling Award

By Michael Sabrio Fall 2017 In October 2017, Pedals for Progress won a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Recycling Award. Dave Schweidenback accepted the award at the Awards Luncheon on 18 October 2017 in Neptune City, New Jersey. In the photo, Guy Watson, President of the Association of New Jersey Recyclers, is on the left in the black more...

Ethiopia 2017: New Partner, Solar Energy Foundation

[caption id="attachment_5057" align="alignright" width="300"] Ethiopia #1 in New Jersey[/caption] A Solar Energy Foundation (SEF) group based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is one of our new 2017 Sewing Peace partners. Their new program is entitled “Marginalized Women's Training on Sewing and Tailoring”. This Solar Energy Foundation project has the following goals: more...

Progress Report for End of Fiscal Year 2017

On 30 September 2017 we closed the books for fiscal year 2017. (The P4P fiscal year runs from October 1st through September 30th.) In 2017 we collected 12% more bikes and 55% more sewing machines than in 2016. Fiscal 2018 starts with a bang: on 23 September 2017 the Vermont Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteers collected 253 bikes and more...

Warren Hills Loads a Container for Ghana

On Saturday, September 23rd, we packed the first container of the 2017 fall season: 536 bikes and 25 sewing machines are on their way to Ghana. The packing crew was from the Computer Science Club of the Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, New Jersey. They and their faculty advisor, Daryl Detrick, are no strangers to P4P. Along with the Chess Club, more...

Blast from the Past

In the fall of 2017, Dave was cleaning his office when a May 1996 article from the Philadelphia Inquirer fell out of a box. Not much has changed at P4P except Dave's more...