In January 2022 we contributed to Lunar New Year gift bags at the Kim Son Charity Home. Kim Son serves a poor community, and provides free schooling to neighborhood children. Tet is the biggest holiday of the year in Vietnam, and many poor families struggle with the burden of inflation at this time.

We contacted the nuns at the school and said we wanted to help support the parents of the children. They already had a plan to provide gift bags to all the children and we were very happy to contribute to this effort.

To help support the families, each gift included a bag of rice, bottles of fish sauce, soy sauce, and cooking oil, and seasonings. The children also got crackers and snacks for Tet and stuffed animals. There were big smiles behind the masks!

This holiday gifts are from the family of Dr Chad & Kim-Loan McDuffie and their children Delaney, Keagan & Anderson. Thank you!!!


This wonderful organization offers free primary school education at their charity school, plus free sewing skills training at their free vocational school for those who live in Vinh Luong ward, 15 kilometers north of Nha Trang. Founded at the Kim Son Pagoda  in 1994 by the Buddhist nun Thich Nu Dieu Phuc, it has long been a loving source of education for local youngsters. There are classrooms which grades 1 to 5 split in morning and afternoon shifts, and another room with donated sewing machines for those who want to learn tailoring skills. All the children are from poor families, and the school exists through the kindness of donations.