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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Morgan Farnsworth is doing charity work in Ecuador

  • There’s all kinds of advertising on Facebook, for everything from games to gourmet cat food.



    Morgan Farnsworth found an ad for something very different — the Orphanage Support Services Organization, a non-profit charitable organization that sends mostly college-age volunteers on a regular basis to help in orphanages in both Cuenca and Quito, Ecuador.

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  • There’s all kinds of advertising on Facebook, for everything from games to gourmet cat food.
    Morgan Farnsworth found an ad for something very different — the Orphanage Support Services Organization, a non-profit charitable organization that sends mostly college-age volunteers on a regular basis to help in orphanages in both Cuenca and Quito, Ecuador.
    “I clicked on it and read it, and it sounded like something I wanted to do,” she said.
    Now Farnsworth, a Pittsburg High School graduate attending Brigham Young University - Idaho, is getting ready to leave Nov. 1 for her third trip to Ecuador.
    “The volunteers are at an orphanage all day, six days a week,” she said. “There’s a main orphanage we work at, and we visit a few other sites.”
    She said that at the main orphanage, there are around 30 children from newborns to about age 3.
    “There we bathe, dress and feed them and do activities to help with their development,” Farnsworth said. “At the other sites we visit, there are children from 5 to teens, and we do crafts and activities with them.”
    The youngsters, she said, may or may not be actual orphans who have lost their parents to death. Some are abandoned by families unable to care for them or are taken from their families for some reason.
    Farnsworth made her first trip in 2010 and served for a week. In May 2012, she returned to Quito and worked for about 10 weeks. This trip is scheduled to last four weeks.
    “The last time I went there were 11 or 12 volunteers, but there are probably fewer volunteers in the fall because of school,” she said. “The organization has a house where the volunteers and project director stay.”
    Past volunteers she worked with, impressed by her kindness, nicknamed Farnsworth “Mother Teresa.”
    Besides going to Ecuador, Farnsworth participated as a member on the Humanitarian Service Organization Council at BYU-Idaho. Through charity: water’s September Campaign, with the help of family and friends, Farnsworth helped bring a well with safe, clean water to a village in Ethopia.
    “You give up your birthday,” she said. ”Instead of getting gifts, you have people give donations for a well. It’s really cool.”
    Farnsworth would love to make a fourth trip or more to Ecuador, but doesn’t have any plans for that right now. She does hope to continue giving back to those in need around the world, possibly even making a career of it.
    “I study international studies, and I really want to do some humanitarian activities,” Farnsworth said.
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