Project Rozana is an Australian-inspired, multi-faith initiative that is building bridges to peace between Israel and her neighbours.
It was conceived by Hadassah Australia in 2013 and named in honour of a young Palestinian girl, Rozana Abu Ghannam, who was rushed to Hadassah Hospital in 2012 with life-threatening injuries.
Her story, and her mother’s devoted advocacy on her behalf, inspired us to raise funds for the treatment at Hadassah of critically-ill Palestinian children from the West Bank and Gaza and children from countries of conflict such as Syria and Iraq, and to pay for training at Hadassah of Palestinian doctors, nurses and therapists to enable them to build health capacity in their own communities.
We also partner with Road To Recovery, an Israeli NGO that transports Palestinian patients from Gaza and West Bank border crossings to hospitals in Israel.
Importantly, the work and aspirations of Project Rozana have been endorsed by the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority through its Ministry of Health. The number of people coming from Gaza – patients, medical staff and therapists – suggests tacit approval from the governing authorities there as well.
To find out more about Project Rozana and our partnerships with World Vision Australia and St John’s Ambulance Australia, visit www.projectrozana.org
And do look at this recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald.