On April 26, 2020 we had a fun visit to the Song Lo Orphanage. With concerns about the virus in the region, we wanted to make sure Song Lo had all the essential supplies they needed. We contacted the nuns and did a shopping trip. On this visit, we brought bags of bean varieties, seasonings, packages of vegan foods, bottles of chili sauce, packages of breading mix, a bag of dried bamboo, bags of dried mushrooms, packages of yogurt, juice boxes, washcloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, laundry detergent, dish soap, baby wipes, and cleaning products.

Our team spent some time with the children as they enjoyed their snacks, then toured the small garden next to the orphanage. A lovely visit!

This charity trip was made possible through the continued support of Khang Do. Thank you!!!


The history of the Song Lo Orphanage’s beginnings is heartwarming. As the story goes, a Buddhist monk was travelling 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.