In mid-April 2020 we visited the lovely children of the Lac Thien Orphanage. With the virus in the region, orphanages are limiting visits so as to keep the children safe. We wanted to make sure they had all the essential supplies they needed, so coordinated with the nuns and made a visit.

The nuns were extra cautious, and our team did not interact with the children as they normally would. The children gathered on stools in one of the orphanage’s hallways, keeping well away from our team of volunteers, and everyone wore masks to be safe.

On this visit, we brought bags of rice, boxes of dried shrimp, dried squid, and dried fish, wipes, packages of milk, eggs, bottles of fish sauce and cooking oil, seasonings, toothpaste, , fabric softener, laundry brushes, cleaning supplies, and brooms.

We also brought the children a yummy snack of jelly cubes in sweet tea. Sitting on their stools in the hallway, the children enjoyed their treat.

This charity trip was made possible through the kindhearted donations of KTD Services LLC, Daniel Cole, Thuy Tien Nguyen, Suruchi Khemka, Peper Proofreading LLC, PayPal Giving Fund, Amazon Smile, and Dan, Van, and Devin Haynes. 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.