In early January 2020 we visited the Anh Dao Orphanage for Tet. The lunar new year, Tet, is the biggest holiday in Vietnam. Traditional foods and red envelopes are all part of the Tet celebration. We spoke with Sister An Son about bringing general supplies and got an early start for Tet, as the weeks leading up to Tet see prices on everything skyrocket.

The children helped our team carry everything inside, and our general supplies included bags of rice, boxes of milk, baby formula, boxes of noodles, boxes of dried fish, cans of sardines, cans of pork, dried sausages, bags of bean varieties, bags of dried mushroom varieties, bottles of soy sauce, packages of seasonings, dried bamboo, soup stock.

For the orphanage’s Tet celebration, we brought drinks, nuts, candies, and traditional snacks. We also handed out red envelopes of lucky money to all the children. A lovely visit!

This Tet visit was made possible by the kindhearted donations of Hiep Nguyen, Michael Nguyen, and Dan, Van, and Devin Haynes. Thank you!!!


Founded in 2004 by the Buddhist nun Thich Nu An Son, a large group of orphans are cared for at this wonderful home in Ninh Hoa, 62 kilometers north of Nha Trang. Visit the orphanage and you’ll find a well-organized and loving environment. The children are happy, and it’s a joy to sit, talk, and play with the little ones. To help provide nourishment to the children, and as a small means of earning funds, Sister An Son tends a small farm behind the orphanage, in front of the girl’s living quarters. The children eat the vegetables that are grown here, and the surplus can be sold to help pay for monthly expenses.