In December 2022 we visited the Lac Thien Orphanage with lots of food and general supplies. We contacted the nuns who run the orphanage beforehand and learned what they were in need of this month. Next, we arranged with local markets to have it all delivered straight to the orphanage. Our team drove north into Ninh Hoa and met the deliveries at the orphanage, then helped carry everything into the common room.

On this visit, we brought bags of rice, boxes of ramen, packages of noodles, racks of eggs, milk, snacks, soy milk, fish sauce, sugar, seasonings, diapers, and cleaning products.

We handed out yogurt and juice boxes for all the children, and our team of volunteers had a lovely visit. This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Ronald Schierer and Hanh Tong. 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.