On September 29, 2019 we visited the Anh Dao Orphanage with lots of essential supplies plus some fun surprises for the children. We coordinated with Sister An Son and learned of the orphanage’s most pressing needs. We purchased everything at local markets, loaded up a truck, and made the drive up to Ninh Hoa.

The children helped carry everything into the main common room, then stacked and organized all of the supplies. On this visit, we brought milk, bottles of cooking oil, cans of sardines, packages of seasoning varieties, packages of soups, bags of mushroom varieties, bags of seasoned bamboo, packages of soy, boxes of noodles, bags of chili, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoos, cleaning supplies, and toiletries.

As a treat, our volunteers handed out sweet breads to the children. Yummy! We stayed and visited with the children, played games, and got an opportunity to see the progress being made on construction of a new building. It was a lovely visit!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations of Michelle Nguyen, Elaine Nguyen, Cuong Nguyen, Alvin Nguyen, Thao Dinh, and Dan, Van, and Devin Haynes. Thank you!!!


Founded in 2004 by the Buddhist nun Thich Nu An Son, a large group of orphans are cared for at this wonderful home in Ninh Hoa, 62 kilometers north of Nha Trang. Visit the orphanage and you’ll find a well-organized and loving environment. The children are happy, and it’s a joy to sit, talk, and play with the little ones. To help provide nourishment to the children, and as a small means of earning funds, Sister An Son tends a small farm behind the orphanage, in front of the girl’s living quarters. The children eat the vegetables that are grown here, and the surplus can be sold to help pay for monthly expenses.