Building understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through healthcare.
There is a simple truth that motivates us: regardless of the tension level in the region, Palestinian patients need to get from their homes in the West Bank and Gaza to life-saving appointments at Israeli hospitals.
To do so, Project Rozana’s Wheels of Hope initiative supports Palestinian and Israeli drivers who volunteer their time and work together in a spirit of mutual respect, dialogue and friendship.
At the same time, Palestinian patients, their caregivers and significant numbers of Israeli drivers are brought together.
One Israeli driver, Neta, has written about cursing the alarm clock as it rang at 5 a.m. while still dark outside and she thought about the possible risk involved driving two Palestinian men alone in her car.
I got up, put the fear on silent mode, went to pick them up at the checkpoint, and then on to Sheba (Hospital) where for several years they have been getting weekly treatment. We talked a little about life, a little about the coronavirus… I dropped them off, they went to get treatment and I began my day…
Let’s remember and remind ourselves that the sane majority, on both sides of the ‘border’, want to live. Want to be healthy. Want food on the table. Want to move forward and progress in life.
That describes just one “island of peace” that is created thousands of times during the course of a year.
Wheels of Hope functions successfully on the ground because of the hard work of our West Bank-based partner, Green Land Society for Health Development, and our Israeli grantees, Road to Recovery and Humans Without Borders.
Together we strive to bring an element of hope and normalcy to those living with the added stress of life-threatening medical conditions.
In addition to driving patients to their hospital appointments, our grantees use Project Rozana’s funds to fill gaps when support is not available from the Palestinan Authority’s Ministry of Health or other possible sources.
Recently this included emergency surgery for a dialysis patient at Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem and an essential medication that prevents organ rejection for a young child with a kidney transplant.
Prior to the COVID pandemic, Project Rozana funded recreational days for Wheels of Hope children, their families and the volunteers who drive them. We hope to resume these “fun days” as soon as possible.
Over the past two years, many volunteers were unable to continue their usual driving commitment due to the coronavirus.
Fortunately, others stepped forward. And when no drivers were available, taxis were utilized. In keeping with our focus on health, we acquired PPE (personal protection equipment) for all volunteers and passengers alike.
Without free access to Wheels of Hope, many Palestinian families would not be able to reach critically needed medical services in Israel – due to both the financial burden and the complex transitions between multiple destinations.
Our volunteers believe that peace between Israelis and Palestinians can only come about through engagement and personal involvement, placing the good health of human beings above politics.
But maintaining and increasing our support for the wonderful organizations carrying out this work in the region is not possible without the help of others who believe that as well… all who are in need of critical healthcare are entitled to receive it. That is why we need your contribution – to ensure that this life-saving work continues. Please donate below, or if you prefer to send a check or card details by post, please download and print out the form below.
Many thanks to you in advance for your generous support… without which this important humanitarian and peacebuilding effort could not continue.
Chair, Project Rozana USA
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Donations to Project Rozana USA are processed in US dollars. Donations will receive a tax receipt. It can be downloaded from a link you’ll see on the ‘thank you’ page, but the link will be emailed to you, as well.