In December 2023 we had a fun visit to the Song Lo Orphanage. We had reached out to the caretakers and wrote down a detailed list of food and general supplies they needed this month. We also learned that one of the children was going to have a birthday, so thought we’d bring birthday presents and Christmas presents for everyone.

On the day of our visit, we bought all the supplies and loaded up a van. Our team then drove out to the orphanage. We brought tofu sheets, mung beans, white beans, flour, bottles of oyster sauce, fish balls, fried shrimp, beef, meat pies, peanuts, sugar, mushrooms, laughing cow cheese, sriracha, bathroom tissues, fabric softener, toiletries, shampoo, office supplies, and dish soap.

For presents, we brought games, puzzles, and toys for the children to play with. We also had a birthday cake for all to share, and our team prepared bubble tea drinks for everyone. It was a lovely day!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Hiep Nguyen and Dan, Van, and Devin Haynes. 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.