In February 2023 we had a great visit with the children at the Loc Tho Charity School and a surprise ice cream party. The school provides breakfast and lunch to the children, and cares for several children who live here. We reached out to the nuns and asked what food we could donate this month. They gave us a detailed list of items and we organized a visit.

Our team bought all the supplies at local markets, loaded up a van, and drove out to the school. We stacked everything in the main courtyard, and at lunchtime, the children all came out to greet our team. For general supplies, we brought bags of rice, cooking oil, vegan pork, sugar, milk, boxes of ramen, mushrooms, penne noodles, shampoo, laundry detergent, and dish soap.

Next, we prepared a fun surprise for all the children. Ice cream! Everyone got a cone of ice cream with chocolate topping. There were big smiles all around!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from JL Support Services. Thank you!!!


The Loc Tho Pagoda has had a charity school since 1991, which was founded by Sister Thich Nu Dieu Y.  Sister Dieu Y dedicated her life to the children and passed away in 2014. The school is now run by the amazing and loving nuns of the Loc Tho pagoda. It’s a free primary school for poor children in the community whose parents cannot afford the costs of a public education. Textbooks, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, and teachers’ fees are all paid for by the school, and all children are welcome. The school provides breakfast and lunch for the students. The pagoda also cares for several orphans and foster children.