In early June 2020 we had a lovely visit to the Lac Thien Orphanage. We had spoken to the nuns about their current needs, did lots of shopping at local markets, and made the drive out to the orphanage. On this visit, we brought bags of rice, bags of bean varieties, seasonings, diapers, new fans, new clothes, and a new bicycle.

The children had lots of fun trying on their new outfits and everyone was excited about the new bike. As a yummy treat, out team prepared ice cream in cones for all the children. So much fun!

This charity trip was made possible through the kindhearted donations of Dat Phan, Philip Doughty, and Daniel Cole. 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.