In October 2021 we had a great visit to the Song Lo Orphanage. We had contacted the nuns and asked what the orphanage needed. Our team did lots of shopping at local markets and had everything delivered.

We brought vegan beef, vegan pork, vegan meat pies, macaroni noodles, glass noodles, instant noodle soup, bean curd sheets, seasonings, sesame seeds, milk, cheese, coco powder, varieties of vegetables, crackers, Lipton tea, body wash, shampoo, air freshener, floor soap, toiletries, diapers, and flip flops.

The children gathered in the main common room, then everyone got ice cream popsicles. It was a lovely day!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations of 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.