Building better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through health



Primarily supported by our ‘Wheels of Hope’ program, there are around 2,000 Road to Recovery volunteer drivers in Israel. They come from every part of the country, all ages and backgrounds and from every political persuasion and religious belief.

Yuval Roth

Road to Recovery was founded by Yuval Roth in 2006. It was 13 years since losing his brother at the hands of Hamas terrorists. He joined a support group of Israeli and Palestinian family members who had lost a loved one under similar circumstances.

Meeting the ‘other’ gave him a new perspective on loss and grieving and he resolved to make a difference. And RtR was born.

Last year, they made over 10,000 trips carrying 20,000 passengers. 99% of transfer requests from the West Bank were successfully met, and 90% from Gaza. 


for all Wheels of Hope transportation programs, or check out ‘Adopt a Driver’.


Award-winning Humans without Borders (HwB) is a volunteer organization based in Jerusalem devoted to assisting Palestinians whose children require advanced medical treatment in Israeli hospitals.

HwB’s core activity is driving Palestinian families with critically ill children from the checkpoints around Jerusalem to hospitals in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Also many families do not speak Hebrew or English, so volunteers facilitate contact between hospital staff and patients, and deal with bureaucratic problems. Other volunteers visit the children in hospital to play with them, and help with their education.

In addition, HwB arranges for medical equipment to be offered for home use.


Like other Wheels of Hope partners, HwB organizes rehabilitation and fun days in the summer, for Palestinian child patients and their families. They take them to resorts and beaches in Palestine and Israel. These activities help change the narrative from conflict to cooperation. Building better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians. There is a wider value to offering these services. To quote Humans without Borders,

“In this era of barriers, fences and bloodshed, one of HwB’s most important goals is to create and maintain personal connections among the volunteers and the Palestinian families. Such personal contact promotes mutual understanding and friendship.”


for all Wheels of Hope transportation programs, or check out ‘Adopt a Driver’.