Posts from 2024

May 4, 2024

Surgical Volunteers Embark on Mission to Medellin, Colombia to Provide Free Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeries

San Francisco, California

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO (May 4, 2024) – A team of dedicated surgical volunteers is set to embark on a humanitarian mission to Medellin, Colombia, with the aim of providing free cleft lip and palate surgeries... Read More »

Apr 2, 2024

Caltech Women’s Club Member and Rotaplast Volunteer Profile: Marilyn Diaz

Pasadena, California

Pictured Above: Marilyn Diaz (middle), seated just like Einstein, in the library with fellow CHATs at the Mt. Wilson Observatory Special thanks author/interviewer Gloria Mullendore and the Caltech Women&#... Read More »

Mar 5, 2024

Speech Pathologists and Dentists Working as a Team for Children with Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Cebu City, Philippines

By Marlene Salas-Provance, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, Vice Dean, Professor-A.T. Still University, Speech-Language Pathologist Photos by Dr. Mary Adrianne Dominique “Nikki” Toledo, DDM Dentists and speech pathologi... Read More »

Dec 18, 2023

Rotary Partners in Action

Nagamangala, India

Our surgical trip to Nagamangala reunited Rotaplast with our longstanding partner – Rotary Bangalore North and District 3192. Rotary Bangalore North is one of the oldest Rotary clubs in India. Rotary Ban... Read More »

Dec 13, 2023

Lakshmi – Goddess of Fortune, Wealth, Love, Prosperity, Joy, and Beauty

Nagamangala, India

Pictured above: Lakshmi and her family with Rotaplast head nurse Sharron Newton during pre-clinic. Lakshmi and her family attended the pre-clinic to determine whether or not she was a good candidate for cl... Read More »

Nov 27, 2023

Rotaplast Arrives in Nagamangala for the 2023 Surgical Clinic

Nagamangala, India

Pictured above the Rotaplast 2023 Nagamangala team and Rotary Bangalore North After 16 hours of flights and a two-hour bus ride, the Rotaplast team made it safely to Adichunchanagiri Hospital and Research ... Read More »

Nov 2, 2023

Introducing Shelby

Luxor, Egypt

Pictured above: Patient thrilled to have her scarred hand modified for better function. Shelby also offered guidance for her prosthetic left foot, the foot being previously amputated after burn injury. Not... Read More »

Oct 31, 2023

Meet Ahmed: Our Champion of Kindness

Luxor, Egypt

Pictured above: Ahmed at pre op. He just received his Wrap-A-Smile quilt, made by quilters in the U.S. to wish him good luck with his surgery. This young man melted our hearts. Taking you through his story... Read More »

Oct 26, 2023

The Missing Photos

Luxor, Egypt

Yesterday’s photos seem to have evaporated in cyberspace! But pictures tell the story so here we go…. Pictured above is the Rotaplast Team in front of El Odaisat Children’s Hospital, Luxo... Read More »

Oct 11, 2023

Rotaplast International Earns a Four-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

San Francisco, California

SAN FRANCISCO (October 11, 2023) – Rotaplast International is proud to announce that its strong financial health and ongoing accountability and transparency has earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Nav... Read More »

Dec 14, 2011

Thank You from Togo

Lomé, Togo

From our translator and friend, Brandon, in Afagnan, Togo: "Hi everybody, I hope all of you travelled well with a good souvenir of your mission time at Afagnan. And I think you enjoy helping people fr... Read More »

Dec 12, 2011

Mission Complete

Lomé, Togo

And now it is time to say thank you and goodbye.  We hosted a small thank you gathering for Sister Simona and her staff.  Everyone in the hospital who had worked with us was given a certi... Read More »

Dec 12, 2011

Post Clinic

Lomé, Togo

Our final clinic day arrived.  Surgeon Sister Simona Villa is pictured below with our doctors and nurses doing rounds in the pediatric ward.  It was our final opportunity to evaluate the ... Read More »

Dec 6, 2011

Out and About

Lomé, Togo

I thought I would show a few pictures of the hospital and the areas we have visited.  If a picture says a thousand words, then with these 6, I’m saving you from a 6000-word tome from me today…... Read More »

Dec 6, 2011


Lomé, Togo

In every way, this mission has been a dynamic process.  Every day there is someone new to see whom we will help in ways that will truly change their lives.  A special story is about... Read More »

Dec 6, 2011


Lomé, Togo

No, it’s not a real word, but it should be.  Watching this Rotaplast team in action is impressive.  The job could not be done without the entire team working in unison, and every person... Read More »

Dec 3, 2011

It’s December !

Lomé, Togo

The seven Rotarians from Maine can’t believe how it’s 88 degrees on December 1st, considering that we have already had snow in October this year.  But we’ll take it! More activity all day.... Read More »

Dec 1, 2011

We’re Grandparents !!

Lomé, Togo

The morning started off with a surprise gift in the hallway outside our Operating Rooms.  A young woman was on the way to another OR for a C-section, but just couldn’t wait. She delivered a b... Read More »

Nov 29, 2011

Surgery Day One

Lomé, Togo

What a difference a day makes!  After long travel and weeks of preparation, both at home and in Togo, we could finally begin treatment. Team Briefing Prior to first surgery Our plastic surgeons are t... Read More »

Nov 28, 2011

On the move

Lomé, Togo

Sunday morning found us touring the hospital under the guidance of Sister Simona, the hospital's medical manager, who is also a general surgeon from Milan. The hospital looks to be adequate for o... Read More »

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Kampala, Uganda

Rotaract member Cathy Lizzie engages two young children in a coloring activity using crayons in the ward. Her warm interaction fosters a comforting environment where children can relax and express themselv... Read More »

Jun 14, 2024

Day 6 – Partnership

Kampala, Uganda

Mission Director Brian Walker stands next to a man who was an electrician before losing both of his hands. Brian holds a prosthetic hand assembled by Rotarians and provided by Odyssey Teams’ Build a ... Read More »