In July 2022 our group of volunteers had a fun visit with the children at the Lac Thien Orphanage. After speaking to the orphanage caretakers, we bought lots of food and general supplies at local markets in Nha Trang. Our team loaded up a van and made the drive north to the orphanage.

On this visit, we brought boxes of instant porridge, racks of eggs, bags of mushrooms, condensed milk, bottles of cooking oil, soy sauce, sugar, baby formula, shampoo, diapers, brooms, mops and buckets.

As a fun treat, our team prepared sweet iced drinks for all the children to enjoy. It was a lovely day!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Philip Doughty, Tina Hoang, the Fronius Family Fund, and an anonymous donor. Thank you!!!


Founded in 2006, the Lac Thien Orphanage is part of the Phat Buu pagoda and lies north of Nha Trang in Ninh Hoa district. The orphanage’s origins are endearing. On a peaceful day, a baby was left at the gates of the pagoda. The nuns cared for him, and from that day on they have taken in orphan children from the area. The orphanage is run by the nuns of the pagoda and its head nun, Chon Minh. They rely entirely upon donations, most of which come from people in the community. There are about 30 children at the orphanage, from newborns to teenagers, and Lac Thien also takes in elderly whose family cannot care for them.