RESTOR International (formerly Rotaplast Canada) is a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides free reconstructive surgery 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.
RESTOR International’s roots date back to 2004. Founded as Rotaplast Canada—an 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 training on the ground in the countries where we work.
Through the generous support of Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, and individual donors, we have provided financial and volunteer support or facilitation for missions to Chile, China, Ethiopia, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
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.