The Road to Recovery bridges the political/cultural Israeli-Palestinian divide by rendering humanitarian services on a personal level. Volunteers use their vehicles to transport low-income children patients from the West Bank and Gaza to Israeli hospitals for treatment that is unavailable locally. We charter a minibus to transport groups of patients from Gaza to Jerusalem hospitals. Project proceeds will fund a 100% increase in minibus patient-trips from Gaza to Jerusalem hospitals for a year
Escalated hostilities in Gaza and Southern Israel in 2014 created substantial growth in patient trip demand from Gaza. Our volunteers shoulder some of the incremental burden with their private vehicles. Using funds from our current donors, we began discount-chartering twice per week a minibus to serve the particularly long rout from Gaza. However, we must add at least one more minibus trip per week to meet additional demand for transporting Palestinian patients from Gaza to hospitals in Israel.
The project's goal of $45,000 will pay for the chartered minibus service from Gaza for at least one additional trip per week for a period of one and a half years. The project's beneficiaries are Palestinian children, expected to make over 3000 patient-trips during the year.
Since our organization's founding in 2006, we have brought about an estimated 44,800 person-hours of direct Palestinians-Israeli interaction during the patient trips, thereby forging personal bonds at unparalleled scale in the context of every-day life. By assisting Palestinian children to make over 3000 patient-trips and to receive medical care in Israeli hospitals, the project will help them recover, build continued trust, and cement the personal bonds that are essential for peace.