Peace Corps

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...

Fall 2016: Sewing Machines in Vermont

Mary O'Brien and Ham Gillette with 30 of the 43 machines collected at the Springfield, VT, transfer station. We will be boxing them up in advance of the September 24th collection by the Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps more...

Kyrgyzstan, a land beyond

by David Schweidenback Fall 2016 InStitch In preparing for this newsletter I tried to reach out to a number of programs from a number of years ago trying to get some feedback as to the longevity of the sewing machines we ship. Programs are always excited when they receive a shipment but my goal was to ask how they would feel about it six or eight years later. Did it 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...

A 23-year Relationship with Fiji

by David Schweidenback Fall 2015 One of the things about Pedals for Progress that makes us most proud is the tenure of commitment we share with our partners overseas. Indeed, our oldest partner, EcoBici, in Rivas, Nicaragua, has been receiving shipments regularly since 1992: in the last 23 years, we've delivered 24,214 bikes and 182 sewing machines there. After more...

Reporting from Moldova

by Carol Stadden, Peace Corps Volunteer Spring 2015 InGear Greetings from your roving Moldoveneasc Peace Corps volunteer reporter. [caption id="attachment_3513" align="alignright" width="300"] Moldovan teens out for a ride[/caption] It is the middle of winter in Grozesti but that does not stop people from riding their bikes. Many of the roads are impossible to more...

The Borough of High Bridge Green Award, 1/22/15

David Schweidenback is hereby the recipient of the High Bridge Environmental Commission’s eighth annual Borough of High Bridge Green Award for 2014 in recognition of his continuing dedication to promoting environmental preservation. David Schweidenback was “Caught Being Green” by fellow residents who nominated him for this award for his ongoing environmental more...

Green Mountain RPCVs Collect 3,000th Bicycle

The Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteers held their 16th annual used bike and sewing machine collection for Pedals for Progress on Saturday, September 27, 2014, in Essex Junction, Vermont. During the 4 hour event, community members donated 169 bikes and 29 sewing machines. A highlight of the day was the donation of the 3,000th bike the group has collected more...

Moldova Shipment Arrives

by Carol Stadden, Peace Corps Volunteer InGear Fall 2014 Walking down the street, strangers stop me and ask when the bikes will arrive. They thank me, sometimes with a hug or even a kiss on the hand. Everyone hopes to buy at least one bike and they are eager for them to come. The school basement has been cleared and new locks have been purchased for the doors as we more...

A Personal Note from Moldova

June 2014 We love to hear from people whose lives have been touched by P4P and our partners. We have been contacted by a woman who is connected with the Peace Corps and is in the process of campaigning for P4P to come to Grozesti, Moldova. If all goes well, we will ship to them in early spring. Just one container of bikes can change the lives of people in this small more...