In early November 2019 we visited the Lac Thien Orphanage with lots of essential supplies and a yummy treat for the children. We spoke to the nuns and learned of their most pressing needs, then organized a visit. We purchased everything at local markets, loaded up a car, and drove north to Ninh Hoa.

Upon arrival, the children helped our volunteers carry everything into the common room. On this visit, we brought 5 electric kettles, many cups, utensils, clothing hangers, diapers, toiletries, brooms, sleeping mats, and toys for the children dish soap, light bulbs.

As a surprise we brought sweet breads for the children, who dove right into it. We also handed out balloons and our team had a lovely visit with the children.

This charity trip was made possible through the kindhearted donations of Hanh Tong, Jill Nguyen, Suruchi Khemka, Molly Phillips, Dane Sawmiller, Elaine Nguyen, Daniel Cole, Cuong Nguyen, and Dan, Van, and Devin Haynes. 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.