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Richard Sitler ( -
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2007 - 3:54 pm:   

Hello, I am looking for support for a project that I was involved with as a Crisis Corps volunteer in Jamaica. In Jamaica I worked with an NGO, Ewarton Community Development Action Committee (ECODAC). My project was to help start a life skills training centre for youths. As part of my work I wrote a proposal that was accepted by the NGO Pedals for Progress to partnership Pedals and ECODAC. Pedals will provide gently used bikes and tools to ECODAC to be used as part of their life skills curriculum. The participants of the life skills program will work to put the bikes together and fix them up, market them and sale them. The proceeds will go to further the programs of the Lifes Skills Training Centre and to go back to get more shipments from Pedals for Progress. This income generating project will help provide small business skills to young people while being sustainable. The bikes will also provide much needed cheap transporatation to needy people. Please donate today. Pedals for Progress needs $5,000 USD to ship a crate of bikes and tools that are worth $30,000 to $50,000 USD. So, your donation, which is tax deductable, will grow exponentially. Go to the Pedals for Progress Web site at Here is more info:

New Partners on the Horizon for P4P

2007 Looks to be an exciting year for Pedals for Progress with these new partnerships in the works:

ECODAC, Ewarton Jamaica

The Ewarton Community Action Committee (ECODAC) has been identified as a qualified non-profit agency that meets all of the criteria of a successful international partner for Pedals for Progress and we are seeking funds to facilitate the collection and shipment of the first container of bicycles as seed capital to ECODAC.

The bicycles will be used in two ways, the first as a bicycle mechanic training program and the second will be a bicycle business that will be run by the students as business training. The sale of the bicycles will allow the youth to operate a business first hand as well as raise money for the operations of the center. This will benefit the entire community of Ewarton as it is a rural community where there is no public transportation system and the taxi fares are increasing every year. It is becoming more difficult for the people of Ewarton to travel to school, work and to bring their products to the local market.

We have a partner all ready to go with ECODAC, contracts have been signed the only thing we need now is to raise money to send the first contianer.

Price of Container to ECODAC: $5,000

Amount Raised to Date: $700

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