In April 2021 we brought a new water tower to the Lac Thien Orphanage. We had asked the nuns if there were any large projects they had been putting off due to a lack of funding. They immediately told us about their need for a large water tower. This would help the orphanage save water on rainy days and provide water in instances of shortages during the dry season.

Our team jumped into action and arranged for the delivery and installation of a new water tank and tower. Our volunteers arrived at the orphanage with the water tank and all the equipment to set it up. The children were very excited and gathered in the main common room. Our team prepared syrup drinks with jelly for all the children, and everyone had lots of fun.

This charity trip was made possible through a kind donation from the family of Dr Chad & Kim-Loan McDuffie and their children Delaney, Keagan & Anderson. 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.