In early September 2020 we had a lovely visit with the wonderful children of the Lac Thien Orphanage. We had contacted the nuns at the orphanage to learn of their most pressing needs. Our team took a long list of items to local markets, bought everything the orphanage required, loaded up a truck, and drove north from Nha Trang into Ninh Hoa.

Upon our arrival the children met our team at the truck in front and helped carry everything inside. On this visit, we brought bags of rice, boxes of instant noodles, bottles of soy sauce, bottles of fish sauce, cleaning products, soaps, raincoats, and new shoes for the children.

Our lead coordinator Mai Khanh then prepared a sweet drink for all the children. A cool and yummy snack on a hot day. Such a lovely visit!

This charity trip was made possible through kindhearted donations from Hung Pham, Daniel Cole, Suruchi Khemka, Philip Doughty, Elaine Nguyen, KTD Services LLC, 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.