In August 2023 we had a fun visit with the children at the Lac Thien Orphanage. We coordinated with the orphanage caretakers and brought lots of general supplies for the month. Also, with the school year approaching, we brought many school supplies to get ready for the children’s education. On this visit, we brought school uniforms for all the children, kindergarten supplies, cooking oil, condensed milk, bath towels, and cleaning supplies.

All the children gathered in the main common room, and our team of volunteers handed out bags of chips as a snack. There were lots of smiles!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Tri Phung, Philip Doughty, Elaine Nguyen, Fred Sims, Bichlien Nguyen, and David and Trini Nguyen. 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.