In March 2021 we had a birthday party at the Song Lo Orphanage. We are in regular contact with the nuns who run the orphanage, and learned that 2 of the children had birthdays coming up. As part of our monthly visit where we bring essential supplies to the orphanage, our team made preparations for a birthday party.

When our team arrived, the children helped carry all the supplies and food to the common room. This included bags of bean varieties, vegan beef, vegan chicken, vegan pork pies, vegan fish sauce, peanuts, flour, seasonings, yogurt, Yomost drinks, toothpaste, toiletries, diapers, body wash, laundry detergent, fabric softener, and dish soap.

We then handed out party hats and brought out the cake. One of the girls cut the cake and everyone got a slice. The children also got birthday presents. There were big smiles all around!

This special charity trip was made possible through the kindhearted donation of Michael Nguyen. Thank you!!!


The history of the Song Lo Orphanage’s beginnings is heartwarming. As the story goes, a Buddhist monk was travelling in the countryside when he encountered a woman who said she could not care for her 2 children. She left the babies with the monk and fled. Not expecting to have 2 babies to care for, the monk made his way to the Song Lo pagoda, and the head nun at the pagoda, Sister Cat, agreed to care for the children. From that point on, orphans have been either brought to the pagoda, or abandoned at their gates. Formed in 2012, the Song Lo Orphanage cares for a small group of young children. Located adjacent the Son Lo pagoda, it’s a small facility deep in the countryside west of Nha Trang.