In August 2021 we delivered fresh supplies to the Song Lo Orphanage. With Vietnam under a strict COVID lockdown, the orphanage does not receive visitors to bring donations and food. We wanted to make sure the children had everything they needed, so contacted the nuns to learn their most pressing needs. We had local markets deliver everything to the orphanage.

We brought bean curd sheets, vegan pork, mushroom varieties, rice, noodles, cheese, seaweed, condensed milk, seasonings, milk, toiletries, diapers, shampoo, and laundry detergent.

The nuns took lots of pictures of the children arranging the supplies in the main common room, and we made sure everyone had popsicles and yummy snacks.

This wonderful gift was made possible through the kindness of a family in the USA. 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.