In June 2023 our team had a fun visit with the children at the Song Lo Orphanage. After speaking with the orphanage caretakers, we learned which supplies they were running low on this month. Our team did lots of shopping at local markets, loaded up a van, and made the drive out to the orphanage.

We brought all the provisions into the main common room. On this visit, we brought beef, meat pies, chicken, yellow noodles, pho noodles, seasonings, pork chops, siracha, sugar, black beans, mung beans, peanuts, jello powder, flour, sesame seeds, brown rice, apples, spaghetti noodles, toiletries, body wash, shampoo, yogurt, and badminton sets.

The children enjoyed their yogurt snacks, and our team stayed a while as the children played with their new badminton sets in the courtyard. Such a fun day!

This charity trip was made possible through the kind donations from Elaine Nguyen and an anonymous donor. 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.