Building understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through health




Project Rozana Canada received a major boost in early October with the announcement of a $50,000 grant from the Winnipeg-based Asper Foundation.

Established in 1983 by Israel (Izzy) and Babs Asper, the foundation is a major player in Canadian philanthropy. It was the leading private sector funder of the magnificent Canadian Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg.

The announcement by the Foundation President Gail Asper and its Executive Director, Moe Levy, was made in the presence of Project Rozana International Chair, Ron Finkel and Project Rozana Canada Board Director and former Canadian diplomat, Jon Allen.

The grant was followed by a visit in mid-November by Ms Asper and Mr Levy to the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem, a key beneficiary of support from Project Rozana for capacity-building initiatives through training in paediatric haemato-oncology and peritoneal dialysis.

The support of the Asper Foundation signals a major step forward in the growth of Project Rozana Canada.

Jon Allen said,

“The imprimatur of a nationally-regarded donor such as the Asper Foundation is a positive endorsement of Project Rozana’s Mission to build better understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through health. We hope it will be a catalyst for other Canadian Foundations, agencies and individual donors to follow suit.”

Left to right: Gail Asper, Asper Foundation; Ron Finkel AM, Chair Project Rozana International; Jon Allen, Board Member Project Rozana Canada

Asper Foundation representatives, Moe Levy (left) and Gail Asper (third from the left) meet the paediatric haemato-oncology team at Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem.