In mid-December we visited the Song Lo Orphanage for our regular monthly charity trip with essential supplies combined with a fun holiday party for the children. At the nuns’ request, we brought yogurt, packages of vegan products, instant noodles, milk, black beans, toothpaste, shampoo, toiletries, laundry detergent, gloves, and socks.

As a holiday surprise, one of our team dressed as Santa Claus and handed out presents to all of the children. The presents were yummy treats, and everyone sat on the floor and had a fun snack.

This charity trip was sponsored by the donations of Khang Do. 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.