Albania

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...

Big Weekend in June 2017

You knew the weekend of June 24, 2017, was going to be action packed when you saw the P4P trailers and parking lot. The Triton 40-foot container had been delivered for our 11th shipment to Albania. The Avis rental truck was ready for the final collection of the spring season. And Dave's Mini and a couple of volunteer vehicles were parked out front. Sewing more...

Albania Update, March, 2017

Dear David, I wish you and your organization the best. We have been engaged in several important campaigns. After four years, supported by money we earned by selling shopping bags we made with P4P sewing machines, we won an important battle against plastic garbage. YES! Now even people in Albania are paying a modest fee for plastic bags. This has created an even more...

The Bike Academy in Tirana, Albania

Fall 2016 InGear We’ve been providing free cycling classes for the past two years, where many young people come to learn how to ride a bike. We notice more and more young people come each week. And riders improve as the weeks go by. Each week we are inspired to persist in changing our daily lives and the traffic of Tirana. We’re glad to inform you that we’ve more...

Letter from Albania, October 2016

Dear David, I hope all is well with you. Winter is on the verge in Albania as the first snow has fallen on the Dajti Mountain in Tirana. We’ve worked very hard during the summer at the camp in Jal with lots of young and energetic people. We’ve come back to Tirana full of energy, dreams and plans, as we are recognized for our leadership in improving the life of more...

May 2016: Shipment 9 to Albania

On 28 May 2016 we loaded our ninth shipment to Albania: 520 bikes and 20 sewing machines. This makes 4,422 bikes and 175 sewing machines we've sent to 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...

Loading a Container for Albania

On Saturday, 14 November 2015, a beefed up P4P crew loaded the eighth container bound for EcoVolis, our partner in Albania. Loading is one of the P4P activities that happens behind the scenes, and the loading is a marvel to behold. These loadings take a combination of long experience, mechanical engineering, spatial awareness, young backs and muscles, brute strength, more...

Klodi, a New Bike Owner in Albania

by Ened Mato Fall 2015 InGear Pedaling towards freedom... This is a story about a 7-year-old boy named Klodi. Because of a vendetta initiated by his father and the resulting threats from another family, Klodi has lost his opportunity to go to school and to learn basic mathematics and how to read and write. Klodi is one of 70 similar children who share the same more...

Success is Not Just Measured in Wheels and Pedals

by Patricia Hamill Fall 2015 InGear Our long-time readers know by now that we are especially pleased when we report on having joined with new partners or on the expansion of existing programs. The day-to-day operations and successes are, of course, very important to us and all of our volunteers' efforts are important to note; but, sometimes something happens that just more...