The Board of Directors of Rotaplast International extends our thanks to all of our volunteers, donors, supporting Rotary districts and international partners for your support and dedication over the past 27 years. So far, we have supported 220 missions to 26 countries and treated 20,200 patients.
Those of you who have served on missions or followed the blog know the heartbreaking stories of our patients’ lives, and the heartwarming stories of how Rotaplast has changed those lives for the better. We hope that being a part of this organization means as much to you as it does to us.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been meeting weekly to discuss the evolving situation and plan for the future. Because of the uncertainty surrounding international travel, and the risks of sending volunteers into limited resource environments, we have postponed all missions for the rest of 2020 and into the first quarter of 2021. We are monitoring the global situation closely and remain dedicated to resuming our important mission work as soon as it is safe to do so. In this interim we are focused on minimizing expenditures, maintaining our assets and maximizing our opportunities to resume successfully. We are focused on using this time to refining our systems to improve the quality of care we provide.
We are well aware that many of the countries that we serve have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Their health care systems have been severely challenged. We are exploring opportunities for continuing support of our host sponsors and their patients such as remote education or critical care supplies. We anticipate that there will be a significant backlog of children needing the free life-changing corrective plastic surgery that we offer. We want to be ready to address that need.
With that in mind, we ask that as you plan your charitable giving in the coming months, you remember Rotaplast and the amazing and inspiring work that we do. Our vision is that Rotaplast will emerge from the present crisis stronger and with renewed energy to serve as many children as possible.
We think of our Rotaplast community as a family. We value the dedication, talents and contributions of each of you. We hope you are all staying safe and healthy and look forward to serving with you in the future. Please follow us on our website (Rotaplast.org) where we will post regular updates. The office phones and email address will be maintained. We remain always available to answer your calls.
Thank you again