In March 2023 our team had a great visit to the Song Lo Orphanage. Though small, this orphanage is supported through donations to continue caring for these wonderful children. We spoke with the caretakers at the orphanage and learned what items they needed this month. Our team in Nha Trang reviewed the list of items, did all the shopping locally, then loaded up a truck to take everything to the orphanage.

On this visit, we brought milk, flour, mushrooms, black beans, peanuts, sesame seeds, vegan fish sauce, vegan chicken, vegan crab, vegan meat pies, vegan beef, seasonings, toiletries, bleach, cleaning products, and fabric softener.

The children played with toys and balls in the common room, then our team handed out yogurt snacks for all to enjoy. It was a lovely day!

This trip was made possible through the kindness of 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.