In April 2024 we had a lovely visit with the children at the Song Lo Orphanage. After speaking to the caretakers ahead of time, we took a detailed list of items they had given us to local markets and prepared to journey to the orphanage. We bought everything on the list.

When we arrived, the children helped stack all the supplies in the common room. On this visit, we brought bags of rice, boxes of ramen, cheese, rice paper, vegan chicken, vegan meat pies, tofu sheets, vegan oyster sauce, vegan pork, mushrooms, sriracha, seasonings, sugar, vanilla, milk, sesame seeds, peanuts, beans, fresh vegetables, Jello powder, and toothpaste.

As a treat for the children, our team of volunteers brought bubble tea drinks for all to enjoy. So yummy!

This charity visit was made possible through the kindhearted donations from JL Support Services. 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.