In March 2023 we had a fun visit with the children at the Lac Thien Orphanage. For our monthly trip, we reached out to the caretakers and made a detailed list of items to bring. We had local markets deliver everything to the orphanage and our team drove out to meet them. We brought everything into the main common room and all the children gathered together.

On this visit, we brought bags of rice, milk, soy milk, packages of ramen, glass noodles, cooking oil, sugar, seasonings, sweet rice, peanuts, soap, shampoo, and cleaning supplies.

Our team then handed out cold treats for all the children to enjoy. There were lots of smiles!

This charity trip was made possible through the kindness from Ronald Schierer, Thao To, Linh Lam, Elaine Nguyen, Tuan Nguyen, Fred Sims, and Hung Pham. Thank you!!!


Founded in 2006, the Lac Thien Orphanage is part of the Phat Buu pagoda and lies north of Nha Trang in Ninh Hoa district. The orphanage’s origins are endearing. On a peaceful day, a baby was left at the gates of the pagoda. The nuns cared for him, and from that day on they have taken in orphan children from the area. The orphanage is run by the nuns of the pagoda and its head nun, Chon Minh. They rely entirely upon donations, most of which come from people in the community. There are about 30 children at the orphanage, from newborns to teenagers, and Lac Thien also takes in elderly whose family cannot care for them.