bicycles

Pedals for Progress in Ghana

Spring 2004 InGear Since January 1st, 2000, Pedals for Progress has shipped 4,903 bicycles to five separate partners in Ghana. Although there are many bicycles in Ghana already (and new bicycles are generally available), the cost of a new or locally resold bicycle is well beyond the economic reach of many Ghanaians. Thus, the ability to import used bicycles from us more...

A Cycle-Wheelchair in Ada, Ghana

Spring 2002 InGear I had come searching for Akrofi Augustine while visiting the Volta River Estuary community of Ada, home to the Nene Ocansey I Technical Center (NEKOTECH), one of two Pedals for Progress partners in Ghana. Pedals for Progress has shipped four containers of bicycles and parts to NEKOTECH beginning in late 2000, and already there are more than 1,000 more...

Eritrea Again!

Spring 2002 InGear Now that the recent border war between Eritrea and Ethiopia has ended and peace has returned to the Horn of Africa, P4P has resumed donations to the Cultural Assets Rehabilitation Program (CARP), an initiative of the Eritrean Ministry of the Environment. Two P4P containers holding 834 bicycles, financed by the Department of Defense Humanitarian more...

Mobility in Moldova

2002 InGear Following the disintegration of the USSR and the collapse of the Eastern Bloc economy, communities like Stefan Voda, in the former Soviet republic of Moldova, have seen incomes shrink, the cost of imported goods such as petroleum skyrocket, and their modest standards of living plummet. Personal mobility and productivity have suffered. As bus fares rose, the more...

Haitian Immigrants in the Dominican Republic

Winter 2001 InGear Biembo Olivé is a twenty-five-year-old Haitian immigrant who works as a day laborer on local rice plantations. He lives in the part of Boca de Mao called El Batey; the name comes from the time when it housed the Haitian workers who cut sugar cane in the state-owned plantations. Rice, bananas, yuccas and plantains have replaced sugar in this region of more...

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...