In November 2022 we had a fun visit with the children at the Song Lo Orphanage. After speaking to the nuns at the orphanage, we learned what food and supplies they needed this month. Our team of volunteers bought everything at local markets, loaded up a van, and made the drive out to the orphanage.

On this visit, we brought vegan meats, including chicken, crab, sushi, fish, and sausages. We also brought mung beans, flour, siracha, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, cheese, chili sauce, glass noodles, apples, tapioca, mushrooms, seasonings, sesame seeds, mouthwash, body wash, and toiletries.

As a fun surprise, we handed out toys for the little ones to play with, plus popcorn snack and drinks for everyone to enjoy. It was a fun visit!

This charity trip was made possible through the kindhearted donations from Vien Lam and Kevin Spring. 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.