In May 2021 we had a lovely visit with the children at the Song Lo Orphanage. We coordinated with the nuns at the orphanage and bought lots of essential supplies and foodstuff at local markets. Our team had everything put in a truck and accompanied it on motorbikes to the orphanage.

The children helped carry everything into the main common room. Such good helpers! On this visit, we brought bags of mung bean varieties, white beans, lotus seeds, vegan pork, vegan meat pies, vegan chicken, vegan fish sauce, packages of yogurt, seasonings, condensed milk, flavored milk, toothpaste, tooth brushes, dish soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, diapers, wipes, and a big supply of comic books, coloring books, and crayons.

Everyone sat on the floor of the common room, and we handed out frozen treats to all the children. Our team stayed for a nice long visit as all the little ones dove into their treasure trove of comics books and coloring books. So much fun!

This charity trip was made possible through the kindhearted donations of Chris Vo, Minh Nguyen, and Daniel Cole. Thank you!!!


The history of the Song Lo Orphanage’s beginnings is heartwarming. As the story goes, a Buddhist monk was travelling 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.