In mid-February 2020 we had a lovely visit to the Lac Thien Orphanage. We had coordinated with the nuns at the orphanage and had a detailed list of items they were in need of. Our team went to local markets, bought everything on the list, and made the drive north into Ninh Hoa to visit the orphanage.

We stacked everything in the main common room, and the little ones were wonderful helpers. On this visit, we brought a box of dried squid, meats, a variety of milk, bags of peanuts and mung beans, supplies to make porridge, eggs, boxes of noodles, seasonings, baby formula, pots, pans, and other kitchen supplies, sleeping mats, and toiletries.

The children made a big circle and sang songs they had learned in school and performed some fun dances. As a healthy treat, we brought watermelons and cut them into slices for the children to enjoy. A lovely visit with these wonderful children!

This charity visit was made on behalf and in memory of Vinh-Quang Hao Nguyen.


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.