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Tinkerer Wanted!

Every year, Sewing Peace & Pedals for Progress collect hundreds of sewing machines that we ship overseas. Most are in very good working order but there are many that need tuning. Someone who is handy with small gadgets could be of great assistance. If necessary we will train you to make minor repairs of sewing machines. Your help would allow us to reach hundreds more more...

Moldova

Spring 2016 InGear The granddaughter of one of our key volunteers had a bike she had outgrown and she wanted her grandfather to donate it to Pedals for Progress. We wrapped it up with orange tape so we could follow it and then we put it in the front of a container going to Chisnau, Moldova. We thought we had lost track of this bike as we had not heard back from more...

Update from Ghana, Fall 2015

by Kwaku Agyemang Spring 2016 InGear [In November of 2014, P4P sent an entire 40-foot container of just spare bicycle parts to WEBike, our partner in Ghana, West Africa. These parts, valued at a little over $300,000, were a generous donation to P4P from Bell Sports. Here is a report from Kwaku Agyemang, our partner at WEBike in Ghana.] When we got the shipment more...

Bicycles Support Roma Children in Albania

by Ened Mato Spring 2016 InGear December 2015: 2 babies died from the cold. They belonged to the Roma community, one of the most marginalized communities in Albania. Since 1990 they have been in constant movement. They raise their homes near rivers so they have access to water for drinking and cleaning. Simultaneously they do some of the best work that humans do more...

Shifting Gears: Pedals for Progress and Sewing Peace Keep the Spirit of Economic Development Afloat

by Patricia Hamill Fall 2016 InGear Adaptability, resilience and initiative. These are the key factors that define success in the world of the NGO and that are the very foundation of Pedals for Progress (P4P), a small, but internationally active nonprofit. Founded in 1991 by David this undertaking was not intended to be part of a charity effort, but a leg up for the more...

It’s Not Just Any Bike That Will Do

by Patricia Hamill Spring 2016 InGear When requests for donations are made, it’s often assumed that any item, no matter how worn or outdated, is better than none at all. That is correct—for the most part—because old and unwanted cycles definitely can be resurrected, recycled, and repurposed. We have taken even the most well traveled bikes and turned them into more...

Bula Vinaka from Fiji

Spring 2016 InGear My name is Percival Epeli Navolo and I reside on the beautiful tropical land known as the Fiji Islands. Life here on the Island has not fully modernized in certain areas compared to larger countries and many of us live day to day. Here on the Island income levels are low and many do not have the privilege of high-level education, so they cannot more...

FIDESMA report, January 2016

by Margarita Caté de Catú, President of FIDESMA, Guatemala From December 1999 through 2015, we have received from Pedals For Progress 16 containers with 8,160 bikes and 400 sewing machines, which have directly benefited more than 8,560 people and their families. The program has brought important benefits to our organization, to our communities, and to the country more...

2015 Guatemala Photo Album

[Margarita Caté de Catú, President of FIDESMA, our partner in Guatemala, sent in a report on their recent activities. Click here to see her report. She also sent lots of great photos. Here they are.] Sixth-Grade Raffle We donated bicycles for a sixth grade raffle to raise funds to buy uniforms and equipment for their soccer and basketball teams. Children and more...

2015 Update from Tanzania

[In 2013 and 2014, P4P shipped its first two pallets of sewing machines to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. In November of 2015, we got this update from Mr. Jonathan Mulokozi of Community Support Mission, our partner there.] Dear David, Here is our work report. We sold 35 sewing machines, each for 100,000 Tanzania shillings (about $46 U.S.). These sales cover our more...