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Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes. ReSurge International (formerly Interplast) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit service provider, with IRS nonprofit identification #23-7297770. All charitable contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Who can volunteer?

Although we encourage everyone to help, we do not take non medical staff, nor residents or medical school students on our surgical team trips. For information, on how to become an office volunteer or an intern, please visit our volunteer page.

Are you providing plastic surgery?

The type of surgeries we provide are entirely reconstructive and should not be confused with cosmetic plastic surgery. Reconstructive surgery can change the lives of men and women who have been disabled because of tragic burns and other accidents and/or children who were born with deformities. Our patients are given a second chance at a more normal or functional life through reconstructive surgery.

Do you provide surgeries inside the United States?

We do not offer our services inside of the United States. We operate in 13 countries around the world, which is coordinated from our headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

Why did you change your name to ReSurge International?

After much discussion and consideration, we’ve decided to change our name to ReSurge International.

We believe it perfectly describes what we’re doing around the world. The “Re” stands for “reconstructive” and the “Surge” for “surgery.” We also included “International” because we reach out to vulnerable people in 13 developing countries.

Most importantly, ReSurge International speaks to the benefit of our work. ReSurge literally means to rise again; in Spanish, it means to reappear. That’s what reconstructive surgery does for our patients. It restores their bodies so that they can rejoin their communities after being shunned for their disfigurements and disabilities. It renews their dreams of going to school and providing for their families. It rebuilds their futures and gives them a second chance for productive lives.

We hope you will join us in embracing our new name and celebrate this new chapter in our more than 40 year history.

Where do you work?

We work in 13 countries around the world in Africa, Asia and Latin America. For details of the specific countries we work in and when our team trips will be visiting a particular site, please visit our Where We Work page.

If your questions are not answered on this page, please feel free to contact us at 408-737-8743 or by email at: info@resurge.org.

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