On October 27, 2019 we had a fun visit with the children at the Song Lo Orphanage. We had contacted the caretakers beforehand to learn of the orphanage’s current needs and organized a trip. On this visit, we brought bags of sticky rice, cans of sardines, packages of mushroom seasonings, packages of vegan seasonings, dried tofu, white noodles, dried mushrooms, bottles of chili sauce, jars of barbeque sauce, bags of peanuts, boxes of milk, soaps, cleaning products, and rain ponchos.

Our volunteers brought some markers and played with the little ones. Then everyone gathered around the supplies in the common room and had milk and snacks. A very fun visit!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind 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.