In March 2024 we had a great visit to the Lac Thien Orphanage. We coordinated with the caretakers and brought lots of food and provisions for the month. When our team arrived, the children helped bring everything into the main common room.

On this visit, we brought bags of rice, sticky rice, packages of milk, boxes of ramen, bottles of soy sauce, cooking oil, packages of noodles, laundry detergent, and shampoo.

As a treat for the children, our team of volunteers handed out cups of yogurt for all to enjoy. It was a lovely day!

This charity trip was made possible through the kindhearted donations from Luanne Lemmer, Dao Giving Fund, Kateryna Lo, Shanzay Gill Yabe, Canh Mai, and Jef O’Riley. 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.