In February 2024 we had a great visit with the children at the Song Lo Orphanage. After speaking with the caretakers, our team bought food and other supplies at local markets and drove out to the orphanage. The children greeted us when we arrived and helped carry all the supplies into the common room.

On this visit, we brought fresh tofu sheets, vegan oyster sauce, mushrooms, seitan, vegan meats, milk, seasonings, mung beans, breading, glass noodles, cashews, siracha, white beans, toothpaste, shampoo, detergent, floor soap, and toiletries.

As a treat, the children all got bubble tea drinks to enjoy. It was a lovely visit!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Elaine Nguyen, Philip Doughty, David and Trini Nguyen, Linh Lam, and Giang Vu. 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.