In November 2023 we had a fun visit with the children at the Song Lo Orphanage. We had reached out to the caretakers and learned what the orphanage was in need of this month. Our team of volunteers in Nha Trang then bought everything at local markets and made the drive out to the orphanage.

The children helped our team carry everything into the main common room. On this visit, we brought packages of milk, yogurt, mung beans, seasonings, cooking oil, sugar, peanuts, penne noodles, seaweed, flour, beans, tempeh, tofu sheets, vegan chicken, vegan beef balls, vegan fish sauce, oyster sauce, boxes of ramen, laundry detergent, and toiletries.

As a fun treat, we prepared bubble tea drinks for all to enjoy. There were lots of smiles!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Christopher Dang, Vien Lam & Kevin Spring. 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.