About Us

Road to Recovery gives rides. So simple. So powerful.

Although the physical distance may be measured in a few short kilometers, it might as well be a million miles – an impossibly complex and expensive journey for hundreds of Palestinian parents who find themselves helpless in the face of a disease that has a treatment… if only they could reach it.

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Our Story

Yuval Roth was never planning to start a movement. Rather, when his brother was killed in a terror attack in 1993, he joined the Israeli-Palestinian Forum of Bereaved Families. There he met Muhammed Kabeh from Yabed, and the two became immediate friends.

One day, Muhammed called Yuval and asked if he could do him a favor and drive his brother from a border checkpoint to Israel’s Rambam Hospital. Without thinking twice, Yuval did so. Soon after, similar requests began flooding in. And in this way, out of just simple friendship and great need, the movement was born.

 

Yuval immediately recognized a need. Palestinians, mostly children, required serious medical treatments which were not available in the West Bank or Gaza. The Palestinian Authority would pay for the needed care in Israel, but the transportation logistics and costs back and forth were left to the individual family. Although the physical distance may be measured in a few short kilometers, it might as well be a million miles – an impossibly complex and expensive journey for hundreds of Palestinian parents who find themselves helpless in the face of a disease that has a treatment… if only they could reach it.

 

Yuval quickly found himself driving as well as arranging rides, and the activity grew into an organization that coordinated thousands of rides annually. Soon the network developed into a community of Israeli and Palestinian volunteers, Palestinian patients, and hospitals. Donor generosity made it possible to reimburse drivers for gas, and to offer additional forms of patient support, like acquiring specialized outpatient medical equipment and organizing rehabilitation and recovery retreat days for patients and their families at Israeli destinations.

Yuval Roth
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Today, Road to Recovery is a no-frills organization of doers, the largest organization of its kind with simple, transparent solutions and a powerful, direct impact.

Outwardly, the ride is just a ride. But what happens in the hearts of the people involved cannot be described in words. When you bring together two adults and a sick family member, certainly a child, politics, religion and even language fall away, prejudices are shattered, walls come down, and the parental instinct pulls them together in a joint effort focused on one thing - saving the child. Suddenly, two people on opposing sides of a conflict are on the same side, working together to save a life.

These one-on-one encounters make for small, quiet peace treaties, conversations and interactions between Israelis and Palestinians who might never otherwise engage each other. During these car rides, people are simply people, collaborating for a human cause.

 

See more about the Impact of our car rides.

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