In June 2024 we brought yummy surprises to the children at the Loc Tho Charity School. The school is offering summer classes to local youngsters, and continues to provide free meals to its students. We reached out and asked what we could bring on our monthly visit. The caretakers gave us a detailed list and we prepared our trip.

When we arrived, the children took a break from their studies and came out to greet our team. On this charity trip, we brought bags of rice, boxes of ramen, cooking oil, tofu sheets, vegan beef, vegan meat pies, vegan pork, sugar, milk, mushrooms, fresh vegetables, seasonings, laundry detergent, and seven new fans. As a surprise, we gave all the children fresh bun bao steamed buns, ice cream popsicles, and snacks. So many big smiles!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Linh Lam, Elaine Nguyen, Long Pham, Bichlien Nguyen, the Dao Giving Fund, Koshu Takatsuji, and Youngsoo Minn. Thank you!!!


The Loc Tho Pagoda has had a charity school since 1991, which was founded by Sister Thich Nu Dieu Y.  Sister Dieu Y dedicated her life to the children and passed away in 2014. The school is now run by the amazing and loving nuns of the Loc Tho pagoda. It’s a free primary school for poor children in the community whose parents cannot afford the costs of a public education. Textbooks, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, and teachers’ fees are all paid for by the school, and all children are welcome. The school provides breakfast and lunch for the students. The pagoda also cares for several orphans and foster children.