In mid-October 2020 we had a fun visit with the children at the Anh Dao Orphanage. We had contacted the head nun ahead of time and made a detailed list of the orphanage’s current needs. Our team of volunteers bought everything at local markets, loaded up a van, and made the drive north into Ninh Hoa.

The children greeted our team in the courtyard, and were excellent helpers carrying all the supplies into the main common room. Chairs were arranged for all the little ones as our team stacked everything at the front of the room. On this visit, we brought bags of rice, racks of eggs, a box of dried squid, soy milk, mushrooms, tofu, vegan pork, vegan meat pies, seasonings, soy sauce, fish sauce, cooking oil, cleaning products, laundry detergent, fabric softener, and bottles of shampoo.

Anh Dao is a large orphanage and the children don’t often get to celebrate birthdays. As a fun surprise, we brought 2 birthday cakes, and the children sat in a large circle and enjoyed their slices of birthday cake and drinks. It was a very fun visit!

This charity trip was made possible through kindhearted donations from Daniel Cole and an anonymous donor from Fiserv. Thank you!!!


Founded in 2004 by the Buddhist nun Thich Nu An Son, a large group of orphans are cared for at this wonderful home in Ninh Hoa, 62 kilometers north of Nha Trang. Visit the orphanage and you’ll find a well-organized and loving environment. The children are happy, and it’s a joy to sit, talk, and play with the little ones. To help provide nourishment to the children, and as a small means of earning funds, Sister An Son tends a small farm behind the orphanage, in front of the girl’s living quarters. The children eat the vegetables that are grown here, and the surplus can be sold to help pay for monthly expenses.