In December 2021 we had a wonderful visit to the Lac Thien Orphanage. After speaking with the nuns at the orphanage, we brought lots of food and other supplies. When our team arrived, the children came out to the truck and helped carry everything inside. They stacked it all in the common room and everyone gathered around.

We brought boxes of instant noodles, bottles of fish sauce, packages of milk, three boxes of dried fish, lots of seasonings, diapers, pens, toiletries, brooms, and many COVID masks.

We handed out snacks to all the children, and everyone had lots of fun.

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Jill Nguyen, KTD Services LLC, Hiep Nguyen, Bichlien Nguyen, Chris Vo, and an anonymous donor from Vanguard. 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.