Imagine walking everywhere in any climate condition. Surely, there would be times when you are too tired or in a hurry, if only there was another way, some form of inexpensive transportation. You wish you could get to your destination quickly. When the seasons change you do not like the cold air and the rain. It probably would not be so bad if you could be out in the elements for a shorter period of time.
You dread having to walk alone for such a distance at night. Images seem to lurk in the drizzle and the drifting fog, which appears to swim and flow across the shrouded, twisted dark path. The crooked recesses of your mind are playing havoc with your fight or flight impulses. Is this simple overreaction or real danger? Your pulse quickens. You increase your gait and your stride quicken. You know how hard it is to survive. If only you could travel more quickly. If only your parents were alive to give you comfort and support. You constantly give a precautionary glance over your shoulder just in case it is not your imagination, but you do not have the luxury of making a mistake, as if you were playing a game.
Life has been a struggle. It hasn't been easy for so many people, and there are times you think, why-oh-why do people have to live like this? When will it end? How much can one person take? You happen to live where unemployment is as high as 90 % in geographical pockets but mostly the average is around 40 to 50 %. Everyone is in need. Because of this need, people steal. The former communist concept was if you didn't steal, you were not providing for your family. So the danger is real, especially for one walking alone late at night.
Is it possible someone somewhere wants to help me? Where does one turn for hope and help? If everyone needs help what are the chances someone will help me? How can I get help? I don't know anyone outside my village, let alone my country.
It would take an organization like His Work in Progress. It would take someone who either by accident, or Divine intervention, saw the trial that you bore every day. It took someone to witness the kitchen doors being closed after just a few people received soup and bread. There were 600 more people, still waiting! Wait a minute; Medjugorje was just a short ride away. Don't many pilgrims go there, so why can't the word go forth?
His Work in Progress has seen the need. However, as we are a small, efficient organization, of volunteers we are asking for help.
There are many places in need around the world and around the corner from our own homes. So why Bosnia, why bicycles, why even bother?
Before the automobile became the standard and bicycling became a sport. Bicycling was the standard of transportation, one that you did not have to feed or give gas, or need a place to store, or take to the veterinarian or the mechanic. Good basic transportation and inexpensive in upkeep an one of the most practical and usable solutions for those in the areas we serve.
We have given hundreds of bicycles in the region of Medjugorje in Bosnia. In the USA one can buy a bicycle from $100 to over $10,000.00 dollars. Once used they are often forgotten, broken, neglected, unappreciated and waiting to be loved once again.
Parents spend their hard earned money and do not want to throw out the bicycles in the trash. Imagine all that hard work, only to be thrown out like yesterday's newspaper.
Therefore, His Work in Progress started their pilot project “Bikes for Bosnia” and now that pilot has given birth to a new program called Pedals Around the World. The concept is for anyone that has a relationship with a bicycle shop or club to join us in this effort. It is very simple and it is the simplicity that makes the program work.
Imagine shops in every major city and state and country taking in bicycles, restoring them and making a child eyes shine as they take ownership of a bicycle they otherwise would never have had the opportunity to own.
HWIP wants you to help us. HWIP has a simple solution. HWIP is in need of bikes, thousands of bikes and tire repair kits. The orphans without family or a job could use a source of transportation. There are refugee families living in tin huts. Small leaky one room huts without a bathroom.
Unfortunately for them, this has been their life for years. The areas lifestyle is not progressing. Some people have jobs but don't get paid for six to nine months. They dare not quit because someday they may get paid. They are without any hope. Some exist on $200 a month. My interpreter told me it cost his $400 just to feed his family of four. Even he is uncomfortable in this situation hearing the plea for food.
Well there is the five-year plan and the plan of the day. Teach a man to fish, only after you fed him. Our transportation program is just another avenue to provide employment opportunities or to get to school quickly before going to work.
We are trying to make life a little easier while giving them hope.
To date we have shipped bicycles to Bosnia, Croatia, Haiti, Venezuela, parts of Pennsylvania and we're not through.
Please consider a cash donation and/or your old bike if it is in good condition. This means a safe and operable bike without the need for major repair. So if your bicycle has served you well and you do not wish to simply throw it out but would rather find it a good home with caring people then contact Endurance Sports. They will guide you through the process. Telephone 215-369-0225 located at 1623 Big Oak Road Yardley, PA 19067.
We will be glad to accept new bikes. Imagine the look on the child's face when receive a new bike? Something that might be taken for granted in our lives here is the United States.
Stop for just one moment and reflect how comfortable you are right now reading this message. You are not living in conditions that we mentioned earlier. Would you seek out camping for the weekend as an everyday lifestyle? I think when the weather changes we would want to revert back to our homes and a nice warm shower. Oh, and yes, bathroom facilities that are private and work, not a hole in the ground as in the camps.
Thank you for taking the time to read this story and reflect. His Work in Progress will be traveling back to Medjugorje in this spring. Tell us your thoughts we would love to hear from you.
Walter J. Miller Founder & Executive Director
His Work in Progress
If you would like to start a Pedals Around the World Program in your neighborhood visit our Contact Us page or e-mail Walt Miller directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call 215-932-8335 it is much more practical if you are local to our location should you decide to donate your bicycle. Know that you can be a catalyst for your area to partner with a bike shop and this way we can work much more efficiently as a separate project center in your local area.