His Work In Progress (HWIP)
"Sharing Treasures - Providing Hope"
His Work in Progress is a humanitarian organization to the less fortunate. Our efforts include both the medical professional missions as well as the lay individual humanitarian effort.
Mr. L.H. Bayley once stated “You can’t just help the world to heal one kind of pain. You’ve got to help the world to heal all kinds of pain.”
This statement mirrors the approach His Work in Progress employs. When we travel to foreign countries and listen to the people in need their mental, spiritual and physical needs vary. Over the past thirteen years we have developed an understanding on how to inspire those we serve. Clearly all of us cannot solve all of the world’s problems, no one can. However, His Work in Progress can perform little acts of kindness exceptionally thereby providing hope via sharing our treasures. This has been the successful approach we employ in our interactions with the needy. Our measuring stick is the repeated warm smiles we receive year after year.
Trips often combine two distinct projects. A medical triage for the medical professionals caring for the locals and their illnesses.
The non medical professional projects are the distribution of food, clothing, bicycles and other supplies. Many want to make a difference and have a sense of purpose in their own little way but do not have the organization to do so and we have successfully provided that possibility for them.
Child outside of Prenj, Bosnia
Letter of Recommendation Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Terry Tormey Named to His Work in Progress Board-
Dr. Paul Pascarella Named to His Work In Progress Board-
Peru Medical Mission July 2013
All interested medical personnel should contact HWIP immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, mailing address, contact number and discipline.
Space is limited so act now to place your name on the waiting list. You will be notified for a conference call to discuss the weeks activities in Peru and answer any outstanding questions.
Duration: 1 week
Subject line: PERU.
Please indicate your specialty if appropriate.
Note: From Ministry in Peru
"in general international surgical missions require the Ministry of Health approval. Keep in mind that temporary licenses for physicians and nurses must be issued by the Peru Medical Association and Peru Nursing Association months ahead of time.”
Peru Medical Mission Volunteers
His Work in Progress has been approved by the Archbishop of Philadelphia the most reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. in the year 2012! This approval is a continuation of the recognition of the humanitarian work of His Work in Progress. (H.W.I.P.0 previously received recognition by the former Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Justin Rigali and we are honored to once again receive this approval and recognition.
Future Missions in 2014
Discussions are underway for medical missions to Peru and Ecuador. Medical personnel interested should submit their CV for review. Pediatricians are in demand. Simply Email your interest to email@example.com Stay posted for target dates and trip information.
Peru Medical Mission 2013
850 patients were cared for in five days. Below is the summary of experiences by the local Peruvian volunteers that worked with the Sister of Charity / better known as Mother Theresa order.
Millie Chang MD. My experience with HWIP
Peru is a developing country with a fantastic cultural background, wonderful landscapes and delicious typical food that can make any person feel like heaven. Unfortunately, as a developing country, the situation in health care providing is neglected and many people are poor and need our help to get medical attention. Being a medical physician in Peru can be very hard sometimes, because you wish to do so much more than what is in your hands but eventually you understand and learn that just by talking to them you are doing a lot. Working with HWIP gave me the opportunity to give back to my community. Not only by helping people in need but also comfort them and bring a little bit of joy in their day. I have met a wonderful team but especially great persons with a very beautiful soul that spread the words of God and heal with their touch. I am very thankful having this opportunity and I would love to join them again. It was very gratifying doing this for my community and also sharing this with this wonderful people.Summary of general medical findings:
I have probably seen around 20-30 people each day I helped in HWIP. The most frequent chief complaint was pain. There were many elderly people in the group of patients that live with osteoporosis or arthritis and they cannot see a specialist because they cannot afford for one. The only help we could provide was some pain medications and emphasize them to see a specialist that can relief and follow better their disease.
I had the opportunity to meet an old lady that had fever, chills and complains about urinary symptoms for 2 weeks. When I examine her I got scare because she had renal percussion positive (a sign that is sensitive for pyelonephritis) and with two weeks of evolution, I imagine that maybe she could have an abscess in her kidneys so she had to go to the hospital immediately. When I told her that she must go to the hospital, she started to cry and told me that she didn’t want to go to the hospital because she had no money and nobody could take her to the hospital, she live by herself. I felt hopeless. I ask one of the doctors what we could do for this lady, because I knew that if we just told her to go to the hospital, she wouldn’t go. We decided to give her a strong treatment (empiric treatment because a urine analysis will be expensive for her) and make the follow up next week with the doctor of the center.
Also, I have seen patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes mellitus. I send them with Dr. Codari so he could examine them and decide the best treatment for them. Also this patients had the opportunity of an echocardiogram exam and see if there was any other pathology in their heart. Luckily, most of the patients echocardiograms where normal.
Patricia Guzman MD -
In my experience as a young doctor, I have seen little of the reality of the bad health system in my country, and this time was no exception.
Fiorella Vilchez Byrne
First of all I'd like to thank HWIP for giving me the oportunity of being part of such an amazing work. I really enjoyed working with the doctors and the patients. It was truly rewarding to know that there are still people who care about the forgotten ones. I learned a lot from this experience, when you work with patients you not only learn about their medical problems, but also about their lives and experiences. I'd be happy to help again when you come back to Peru. Good bless you all!
Fiorella Vilchez ByrneAgradezco a HWIP por darme la oportunidad de ser parte del hermoso trabajo que realizan ayudando desinteresadamente a quienes más lo necesitan. Me encantó trabajar con los doctores, todos son personas maravillosas y el trabajo que realizan es admirable. Tener contacto con los pacientes también fue muy gratificante, no sólo se les ayuda con sus problemas médicos sino que también se aprende sobre sus vidas. Espero poder ayudar de nuevo cuando vuelvan a Perú. Dios los bendiga.
Hope our comments encourage others to help :) God bless you.
Eric Miller - Mission Director - HWIP
I’ve seen, first hand, what the ravages of war can do and its impact down the line on the generations that follow. I’ve heard firsthand accounts of the unspoken horrors that come long after as unemployed/severely underemployed former middle class families live out each day in refugee camps struggle to get on their feet. Over the last twelve years I’ve seen millions of dollars in supplies distributed, heard thousands of “thank yous,” and watched as an innumerable amount of hardened expressions melted into smiles. Year after rewarding year I traveled back to Bosnia, now a home away from home, a group of people as much family as my own here in the States.
I was well prepared for my first journey to Peru as a result of all these experiences. That’s what I thought, told myself, maybe truly believed.
Poverty is relative to ones surroundings. Lima, Peru. Like any other city it has its fair share of homeless. Walking the street almost reminded me of walking through Philadelphia, except for the fact that I could only understand half of the conversations. The outlying towns around Peru, like any other suburb are filled with people who haven’t seen doctors in years, some have never, be it for a lack of money or for the fear of modern medicine. WAIT….just like any other suburb…..not at all. These incredibly friendly, polite and grateful people flocked to see the Doctor and Nurses we traveled with. Many, in pure amazement, received the first eco-cardiogram and marveled at the images of their heart. Recalling the nine years of Spanish classes I did my best to translate and converse as fluidly as possible to learn what was ailing them or just to listen to their overwhelming gratitude.
Thank you. Not, I deserve this. Not, this should be given to me because I am entitled to it. Not, I don’t want to see a Pediatric nurse, I want an Internist. Simply, thank you. Maybe someday we will learn to just say thank you for what we have or what others offer to give and not only for what we want.
I don't know if you remember me, I guess you don't haha, after all you have worked with a lot of people.
My name is Giomarandrea Arcia and I'm a student from the Ricardo Palma University, I'm studying Translation and Interpretation, and I worked with you and the rest of the guys from HWIP here in Lima-Peru, you came in July, the first week, and we worked with a group of doctors in "Hogar de la Paz". You wanted us to write about our experience there and how we felt so here it is:
"Working with His Work in Progess, has been absolutly amazing, this was the first time I helped people in this way. I'm studing Translation and Interpretation and I never thought that I could use my abilities in order to help others. This group of doctors and missionaries are completly amazing. They work and help other people without receiving anything in return but the love of the ones they help. I feel absolutly bless after this experience and I have learned a lot about the amazing people I met there. Everyone of you have touched my heart and, believe me, you have changed my life and the way I see the world. I hope you can come again to Lima and I hope I can help you again in your missions.
I hope this will help you. Say hello to the rest and let them know that I always remember you and pray for you.
Thank you for everything.
Dr. Ronald Codario, MD, FACP, FNLA
Internal Medicine (ABIM Certified)
Dr. Codario medical director to His Work in Progress (HWIP )
Requests have reached our headquarters to assist Uganda via our "Pedals Around the World" bicycle program. However due to the complicated delivery process this approach is not a viable solution. However, we know that bicycles can be purchased in country for a reasonable cost. Villagers know that there is work at distant locations but it is more than a days walk. this is a noble effort should you decide to assist H.W.I.P in providing for the transportation via bicycles for those who are eager to work to provide for their family. Please donate today.
Via courier we are able to supply shoes and religious articles to Uganda. These same couriers have made this plea you have just read. Know that you can help a family be self sustaining through your donation. Thank you in advance.
Walter J. Miller
Humanitarian effort to go to Bosnia
Eric Miller - Mission Director
Unedited letter from Mother's Village - need -
The world of today is wrought with anxiety and uncertainty of all stripes: economic, geopolitical, ethnic, social and personal.
After traumatic events, conflicts and economic unnatural and harmful division Bosnia and Herzegovina is still in a state
where it’s political and institutional system can achieve significant results in the area of social development and the fight against poverty.
From year to year the situation is deteriorating, and the number of poor and socially vulnerable grows by the day due to the very difficult economic situation,
but also the effects of the global economic crisis whose tribute Bosnia and Herzegovina has to pay yet.
The average number of unemployed persons (registered in the employment services) in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first half 2013th was 44.6 %.
The purchasing power of the BiH population decreased. Average net salaries (400 €) and pensions (150€) are lower than in the 2012th year.
What is most disturbing is what presents the results offer no optimism for progress in this area,
moreover, provide further deterioration of the social situation especially for vulnerable groups and those at the border and below the poverty line.
Medjugorje Mir – Majcino selo has a powerful impact not only on the people that we work directly in the Mother’s village (orphans, rehab boys, vulnerable women),
but also on the larger community as a whole.
Last year we provided assistance to 1200 of residents; people who wouldn’t have had anywhere to turn for help.
We are completely reliant on intercession of Our Lady and charitable donations in order to continue to provide these services.
Our mission in the period ahead remains the same. We will try, as much as us whenever possible, to work intensively
on the commitment of every person in need and thereby actively promote effective Christian love.
Mission to Bosnia 2013- Unemployed begging for bread
2013 trip to Medjugorje. This years trip will be very different with unique destinations and now request for food are pouring into H.W.I.P. from Mothers Village orphanage as well as families that live outside the village. These families learned about the H.W.I.P. effort in the region and are requesting our assistance in procuring food. They are asking for bread.
We have been working diligently to partner with food companies but with limited success. More needs to be accomplished. Will you help? Send your check to H.W.I.P., PMB 361, 668 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, Pa. 19067 or simply click on the donate button on the left side of this page. Thank you so much. Without you our efforts would just be a dream and not a reality.Your donation is tax deductible.
Please help us so we can help them.
Parallel efforts to provide the much needed clothing, school supplies and the important bicycle transportation which will allow workers to travel greater distances in search of work. Do you remember the last time you were hungry? What if the refrigerator was bare? What if your children were hungry and crying for something to eat? This scenario is real and it is happening right now. There are no government subsidies, only you reading this petition can help in whatever way you can. Please click on the donate button now. Winter is rapidly approaching and we need to help. We need your help. Thank you!
Mission to Bosnia 2012
This year we had 32 great volunteers that made it through the incredible heat wave encountered, 120 degrees!
We have a daily blog that a couple from Oregon shared with us and I know you will read these experiences and want to join us next year when the temperature is much cooler. We also have two very moving stories that will provide stimulation. So please let us know your thoughts after reading these three insightful and spiritual disclosures.
Now sit back relax and enjoy the daily experiences. Simply click on left hand side of this page the continued 2012 mission and the links for all three stories are at the bottom of that page.
Back From Bosnia
Back From Bosnia
Back From Bosnia 7-09-2012 Heightened spiritual awareness and
extending comfort levels of communicating with God are an integral
part of mission work. Love is an action verb and mission work and
traveling on a pilgrimage are actions that move one closer to God.
Thirty two volunteers from our parish and across the country set out
on such a mission, Catholic and non catholic, seeking a new experience
and anticipating greater spiritual enrichment. Each trip opens new
possibilities to see, to learn, to absorb, to share, to reflect.
His Work in Progress enabled volunteers to seek God’s love, through
giving of themselves as living proof that there are people in the
world who care, and set the example of loving your neighbor even if
those neighbors are thousands of miles away.
This point was driven home by one of the Franciscans priests named
Father Svetozar Kraljevik. The topic of his discussion was rocks. This
was very appropriate since the local landscape is nothing but rocks. He used the
example of St Peter, the rock on which Christ built His Church.. He pointed out how Peter was a rough rock and had to be worn down and chiseled into the rock that Christ wanted for His church. He went on to say “those that come on a pilgrimage
are in the process of being worn down and shaped into the spiritual
being that God wishes them to become”. It is during this breaking down of
the old that creates something new. Life is a pilgrimage, not a
vacation therefore, we must deal with the many rocks in our lives. He references a literal example, citing how the local children of the orphanage were clearing the endless number of rocks around a new home by the Adriatic sea.
There is an often used phrase that wherever Mary is, Satan is right
behind. What you learn on a mission is that spiritual warfare exists, it is real. We walked into an unbearable heat wave of 120 degree days which can try anyone’s soul. Daily Mass, the rosary and group prayer were our weapons of choice. To not engage in this amour is inviting total distraction and eventual individual despair from the trying conditions.
Who were some of the people we were helping…
The Entire community of the Mother’s village (orphanage, drug rehab
center and home for battered women) provides for the care of 220 people.
They do not receive any help from the government and they completely
rely on the donations of good people and a few organizations that recognize
their work. This region remains at a very sensitive crossroads and
continues to be a bewildering mosaic of hope and despair. Increase in
the price of fuel and food, low standard of living, very high
unemployment rate (45%) combined with very low wages have left many families and individuals on the brink of hopelessness.
In addition His Work in Progress reached out to a starving family
proving large quantities of food that would last this family of eight
for a few months. His Work In Progress reached out to some children of
varying ages that were discarded and put out onto the street by their
father. We were able to buy them some food and give them advice on
surviving via Mothers village as well as discussed the possibility of
helping in their education.
So what is the impact of His Work in Progress efforts you ask…
This year our two forty foot containers provided 36,000 pounds of
detergent, 40 bicycles for transportation, huge quantities of winter
clothing, coats and jackets as well as 700 pairs of shoes. The very
young children received 1500 brand new baby clothing items thanks to
the generosity of "Red Wagon Baby" as well as diapers. His Work in
Progress also provided clothing and shoes for over 100 former middle
class people still living in the small one room tin huts of the
refugee camp. We were informed of another orphanage in a town call
Citluk where fifty boys, sixty girls and a few dozen elderly were
under their care. His Work in Progress visited and delivered ample
clothing, bicycles and detergent for these needy people. Our medical
volunteers comforted the elderly and provided the much needed personal
attention to sooth their souls.
Although on the surface the two containers sounds like an abundance of
supplies we understood after conversation that the number of families
that come and seek out clothing and detergent are in the hundreds, not
individuals but families. We noticed how the supplies were quickly
dwindling during our stay for only two weeks. Hundreds of families
were alerted and waiting prior to our shipments arriving to seek out
specific clothing that fit properly. They did not take what they did
not need. I found that refreshing from the mentality often observed in
The final result was the clothing, shoes, detergent, soccer balls, and
bicycles that filled two forty foot containers were distributed to
those in need. New friendships were established and hopefully the face
of Christ was witnessed by those we served through our actions. Thirty
two volunteers learned something new after visiting the refugee camp
and returned with a new appreciation for the blessing that God has
bestowed on them.
We need to do more but we can only provide through your help. Will you act on your
desire and go to help?
Information can be obtained by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you read our articles in the 2012 spring edition of Medjugorje Magazine and were so moved to donate to the effort (see simple acts of Kindness and Connect the Dots in our commentary section for October). His Work in Progress will travel on new missions working in Peru, Uganda and Bosnia in the coming year.
Information can be obtained by Emailing email@example.com or calling 215-741-4947 and leaving your contact information. Many think about helping, providing comfort, the question remains, what will you do?