In May 2023 we had a fun visit to the Song Lo Orphanage. We had reached out to the orphanage caretakers and learned what items they were running low on this month. Our team of volunteers bought everything on the list at local shops, loaded up a van, and made the drive out to the orphanage.

On this visit, we brought boxes of ramen, milk, dates, mung beans, sugar, mushrooms, fish sauce, black beans, oyster sauce, tapioca flour, vegan beef, vegan pork, vegan chicken, tofu sheets, soda, fabric softener, and snacks.

As a treat for the children, we handed out ice cream popsicles. So yummy on a hot day!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Tam Marlow and Dan, Van, and Devin Haynes. Thank you!!!


The history of the Song Lo Orphanage’s beginnings is heartwarming. As the story goes, a Buddhist monk was traveling 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.