In September 2021 we brought lots of food and general supplies to the Song Lo Orphanage. Travel within Khanh Hoa province is still restricted due to COVID, and the orphanage is not receiving visitors or donations. We wanted to make sure they had everything they needed, so reached out and made a detailed list of items they were running low on. Our team coordinated with local markets and had everything delivered to the orphanage.

We brought bags of rice, mung beans, black beans, sesame seeds, milk, cheese, vegan pork, rice cakes, varieties of mushrooms, seasonings, diapers, and toiletries.

It’s the time of the Moon Festival, and we also arranged for the children to have traditional moon cakes and other snacks for a small party. It was lots of fun!

This charity trip was made possible through the kindhearted donations from Linh Lam, Elaine Nguyen, Bichlien Nguyen, Philip Doughty, Minh Nguyen, Daniel Cole, and Hung Pham. 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.