In October 2023 we had a fun day visiting with the children at the Song Lo Orphanage. We had coordinated with the caretakers to bring food and general supplies for the month. They provided us with a detailed list of items they needed, and our team bought everything at local markets.

On the day of the visit, we loaded up a van and made the drive out to the orphanage. The children helped carry everything into the main common room. On this visit, we brought bags of rice, black beans, mung beans, sugar, peanuts, flour, milk, seasonings, mushrooms, vegan pork, vegan meat pies, vegan chicken, sweet crackers, dish soap, office supplies, toiletries, wipes, toothpaste, body wash, and shampoo.

With the children gathered together in the common room, our team handed out yummy bubble tea drinks for all to enjoy. Next, everyone went outside for some games of badminton. It was a lovely day!

This charity trip was made possible through the kindhearted donations from Vanessa Nguyen, Ronald Schierer, Linh Lam, Philip Doughty, and David and Trini Nguyen. Thank you!!!


The history of the Song Lo Orphanage’s beginnings is heartwarming. As the story goes, a Buddhist monk was traveling 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.