WHO WE ARE
RESTOR International is a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides free, life-changing surgeries to disadvantaged children and adults in developing countries. With the support of Canadian medical and non-medical volunteers, we work to build local health care in the countries where we work.
Our roots date back to 2004. Founded as Rotaplast Canada—a Rotarian organization affiliated with Rotaplast International—we were established as a charitable organization to provide information, guidance, coordination, and support for Canadian Rotarians and non-Rotarians, including medical professionals, interested in participating in medical missions.
We have evolved from providing strictly cleft palate surgeries and burn contracture repairs, to now responding directly to local health care needs including other disfiguring and disabling conditions. Our missions include full surgical teams who are able to address these needs, as well as provide medical and health training for local medical teams to become self-sufficient.
RESTOR International has transformed the lives of over 900 children and young adults through life-changing surgeries in seven countries.
Our work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors, organizations (including Rotary Clubs and corporations), grants, in-kind donations, and the tireless work of our volunteers.
RESTOR International changes lives by collaborating with other non profit organizations to provide free reconstructive surgery to disadvantaged children and adults in developing countries with debilitating cleft lip and palate anomalies, burn injuries, and other disfiguring or disabling medical conditions, deformities that can lead to serious malnutrition, child abandonment and sever social disparagement. With the support of Canadian medical professionals and volunteers, we promote building local capacity by training local physicians and health professionals and promoting the development of sustainable and preventative programs.
We approach each mission the same way, by taking a community first approach. This allows us to assess the needs of the community and medically serve them accordingly.
Our goal is to advance the knowledge in each community by the end of the mission. That’s why we look to educate the local community and teach them techniques that they can continue to use over time.
We work hard to develop a strong volunteer network and donor community who will help lead and support our missions.
This is the driving factor behind each mission, knowing we can inspire hope by transforming lives.