In July 2023 we paid a visit to the Loc Tho Charity School. We spoke to the nuns at the school about bringing food for the children’s meals. In addition to providing g free schooling, Loc Tho offers free breakfast and lunch to these low-income children. With so many mouths to feed, they can use all the help they can get. We took the grocery list the nuns provided and did lots of shopping at local markets. Then we loaded up a van and drove out to see the children.

When we arrived, the children took a break from their studies and came into the courtyard to greet our team. On this visit, we brought bags of rice, boxes of ramen, milk, potatoes, yams, yellow squash, sugar, cooking oil, mushrooms, tofu sheets, vegan pork, dish soap, vegan fish sauce, snacks, and cleaning supplies.

As a surprise treat for the children, we brought tubs of ice cream and cone, and our team prepared ice cream snacks for everyone. There were so many smiles!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Songloc Dao, Mikhail Pomeliaiko, Koshu Takatsuji, Daniel Cole, and Jef O’Riley. 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.