In mid-October 2020 we had a lovely visit with the children at the Song Lo Orphanage. We coordinated with the nuns at the orphanage and brought lots of essential supplies and foodstuff. The children helped carry everything from the truck into the orphanage’s common room inside and stacked everything up very nicely. On this visit, we brought vegan pork, vegan beef, vegan chicken, bottles of Siracha, bags of mushrooms, mung beans, tofu, breading, boxes of noodles, baby formula, diapers, laundry detergent, fabric softener, and toiletries.

As a fun treat, our team of volunteers brought bubble tea drinks for all the children to enjoy. Our team then spent some time chatting with the nuns and the children. It was a lovely visit!

This visit was made possible through a donation from the BEI Foundation. 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.