In mid-September 2020 we visited the Song Lo Orphanage with some special gifts. First, our team handed out toothbrushes and toothpaste to the children, and our lead coordinator, Loan, sat the children down and talked with them about dental hygiene and how to best brush their teeth.

On this visit, we were also happy to sponsor all the educations costs for the children. We brought new school uniforms, textbooks, school supplies, backpacks, hats, and shoes, and paid for all other school expenses. After we handed out the textbooks, the children tried on their new shoes, backpacks, and hats. We handed out balloons to mark the occasion, and the little ones looked adorable in their colorful hats.

This charity visit was made on behalf and in memory of Vinh-Quang Hao Nguyen.


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.