In December 2020 we had a fun visit at the Song Lo Orphanage. We had contacted the caretakers beforehand about their current needs, then did all the shopping at local markets. Upon our arrival, we brought all the essential supplies into the common room.

On this trip, we brought milk, vegan chicken, vegan meat pies, mung beans, peanuts, sesame seeds, Yomost drinks, new socks, shampoo, cleaning supplies, toiletries, dish soap, and fabric softener.

As a fun surprise, we had a birthday party for one of the orphans. The child received a present and everyone got to enjoy birthday cake. So much fun!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations of Trinh Ly and Hung Pham. Thank you!!!


The history of the Song Lo Orphanage’s beginnings is heartwarming. As the story goes, a Buddhist monk was travelling in the countryside when he encountered a woman who said she could not care for her 2 children. She left the babies with the monk and fled. Not expecting to have 2 babies to care for, the monk made his way to the Song Lo pagoda, and the head nun at the pagoda, Sister Cat, agreed to care for the children. From that point on, orphans have been either brought to the pagoda, or abandoned at their gates. Formed in 2012, the Song Lo Orphanage cares for a small group of young children. Located adjacent the Son Lo pagoda, it’s a small facility deep in the countryside west of Nha Trang.