In February 2023 we had a fun visit with the children at the Song Lo Orphanage. We had contacted the nuns at the orphanage and asked what supplies they needed this month. The nuns gave us a detailed list of items, and our team of volunteers bought everything at local markets in Nha Trang. They loaded up a van and drove out to the orphanage.

On this visit, we brought vegan meat pies, vegan chicken, vegan beef, vegan pork, tofu, mushrooms, tofu sheets, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, mung beans, siracha, sugar, yogurt, yogurt drinks, milk, school supplies, fabric softener, and snacks.

Our team helped prepare a porridge lunch, and we stayed and visited while the children played pattycake and other games. So fun!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Elaine Nguyen, Philip Doughty, and Bichlien 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.