In November 2021 we had a fun visit with the children at the Lac Thien Orphanage. Now that COVID travel restrictions are easing in Vietnam, our team of volunteers have been excited to visit with the children once again. We had reached out to the nuns and made a list of the orphanage’s current needs. We did lots of shopping at local markets, loaded up a van, and drove north into Ninh Hoa.

The children met our team outside the main gates and were excellent helpers carrying everything into the main common room. On this visit, we brought bags of sweet rice, mung beans, baby formula, milk, boxes of noodles, sugar, dried squid, shampoo, dish soap, mops, sleeping mats, kitchen utensils, toilet cleaner, plumbing supplies, diapers, and a new rice cooker.

Next, our team prepared sweet drinks for all the children to enjoy. It was a lovely visit!

This charity trip was made possible through the kindhearted donations from Vanessa Nguyen, Daniel Cole, Hien Le, Minh Nguyen, Jill Nguyen, Linh Lam, Anh Nguyen, KTD Services LLC, and an anonymous donor from Vanguard. 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.