In December 2023 we had a lovely visit with the children at the Thien Tam Orphanage. We had coordinated with the caretakers and brought lots of food and general supplies for the month. We brought bags of rice, boxes of noodles, yogurt, rice paper, salt, bottles of soy sauce, penne noodles, bamboo shoots, seasonings, fish, meats, soap, toothpaste, insect spray, fabric softener, laundry detergent, dish soap, and cleaning products.

We learned that three of the children just graduated from a special training program with their school that focused on the hospitality industry. We brought presents for the children to celebrate their achievement. It was a lovely day!

This special visit was made possible through the kind donations from Chuck and Phi Fiese. Thank you!!!


Founded in 2004, the Thien Tam Orphanage lies 20 minutes south of Nha Trang’s city center, in Phuoc Dong ward. The orphanage is run by Nguyen Dinh Chi and his wife Nguyen Thi Kim Lien. A former orphan himself, Chi set up the orphanage in his home as a place of love and sanctuary for orphans in the community.  They currently care for a small group of adolescents.