Promoting community growth through self-help development


The 9th Annual Rotary Homes of Hope Dinner will be held Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at the Hotel Somerset-Bridgewater (Formerly the Crowne Plaza) in Somerset, NJ.  Click here for more information and to download a reservation form.

The Rotary Club of Branchburg and New Jersey Rotary District 7510 are dedicated to helping provide a better life for the underprivileged people of San Pablo, Ecuador by building homes, schools, community centers and health clinics. The Rotary Homes of Hope mission will strengthen their communities with infrastructure, sanitation, healthcare and social programs, while stimulating economic opportunity through agriculture and micro-enterprise, allowing their dream of a better life to become a reality.


The Homes of Hope project began in 2002 when Rotary Homes of Hope Chair and Founder, Doug Merritt and his son Travis, traveled to Ecuador to build homes for impoverished inhabitants of San Pablo, a small village outside of Guayaquil.


These people had been displaced by the El Niño storms of the late 1990s. Doug was so moved by what he experienced during that trip that he made a personal commitment to help the people of Ecuador attain a better life. Since 2002, many people from New Jersey and surrounding states have volunteered and supported the Rotary Homes of Hope mission.


For additional information on the History of the Rotary Homes of Hope mission, please visit our Mission History page.


Members of New Jersey Rotary District 7510 have banded together to help the impoverished villagers of San Pablo, Ecuador. Working in partnership with a number of organizations in Ecuador, such as the Rotary Club of Rio Guayas, the Arc of Hope Foundation, and Hogar de Cristo, volunteers have accomplished many projects that have brought hope for a better future to some of the world’s poorest people. Fund raising and project planning occur all year long while construction projects are accomplished and a medical clinic is held during the annual 10-day mission to San Pablo.

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