In November 2021 we had a lovely visit with the children at the Song Lo Orphanage. We had reached out to the nuns and made a detailed list of their current needs. Our team shopped at local markets, loaded up a van, and drove out to the orphanage.

When we arrived, the children helped carry everything into the main common room. On this visit, we brought vegan beef, vegan chicken, vegan pork, fresh vegetables, mung beans, black beans, mushroom varieties, milk, bean curd sheets, peanuts, sesame seeds, sugar, seasonings, fruit juice, pancake mix, food storage containers, washcloths, body wash, floor soap, diapers, shampoo, fabric softener, toiletries, paints, pens, pencils, erasers, socks, shoes, and badminton sets.

Next, we handed out snacks for all the children to enjoy. 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 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.