What happens to an impoverished developing nation town when you flood it with 20,000 bicycles? You lift three times that number of people out of poverty. Pedals for Progress and founder David Schweidenback have been shipping used American bicycles to Rivas, Nicaragua for the last two decades and the transformation has been incredible.
//In the summer of 2010 David Upjohn and Kevin Steen travelled from Cape Town, South Africa to the rural village in northern Uganda where their fundraising efforts will allow for the first primary school to be constructed in the area.
//The community-based project was founded on the principle that the village's desire to provide education for their children already existed. With a volunteer teacher who teaches with a baby on her back, and the tattered books and school supplies in the basic mud hut as the meager means to educating their children, the inspiration that was ALREADY THERE spread to David, Kevin and throughout communities in the U.S.
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At the Pardada Pardadi school outside Delhi, women not only get a great education, but they learn to make feminine napkins. The profits from the products -- which are hard to come by in the community are given to them upon graduation.