FAQ : For Donors
Q: How many children receive treatment on each mission?
A: Approximately 100 children receive treatment during each mission depending on the number of operating rooms available.
Q: How many missions are conducted each year?
A: Rotaplast missions are expanding annually in tandem with increasing resources and potential mission sites. Rotaplast is planning 15 medical missions for the current year.
Q: What does Rotaplast provide?
A: Rotaplast provides logistics, solicits donations of non-durable medical supplies such as sutures and anesthesia (valued at $35,000 per mission), transports $160,000 worth of durable medical equipment, staffs the teams, conducts site visits, and works with the sponsors both domestically and internationally. Rotaplast covers the cost of transporting the medical personnel and the Mission Director. Non-medical volunteers cover the cost of their own airfare to the site. Housing and food for the team are either provided by the host Rotarians or funded through Rotaplast supporting Clubs and Districts. Rotaplast makes travel arrangements for the entire team. All team members must purchase tickets through a Rotaplast designated travel agent because contracts have to be negotiated with vendor airlines to transport the team with all the boxes containing supplies and equipment (30 to 40 boxes per mission) either at no additional charge or minimal fees.
Q: What is the relationship between Rotaplast and Rotary International?
A: Although Rotaplast began as a project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco, it became a separate non-profit corporation in 1996. As such, Rotaplast is not a project of Rotary International nor do donations to Rotaplast count as donations to The Rotary Foundation. Rotaplast acts as a vehicle to help Rotary Clubs worldwide participate in a hands-on international service project and bring the finest medical care to underprivileged children. Rotaplast sponsorship fulfills a Club’s international service requirement. Rotaplast International, Inc. is not a project of Rotary International, which assumes no liability therefore.
More questions? Contact Linda Bullard Stoich, our Associate Development Manager.