Skills and Jobs for Disadvantaged Youth


KOTO (Know One Teach One) was founded in 1999 by Jimmy Pham, an Australian-Vietnamese, following his encounter with Vietnamese street children in 1996. Starting as a humble sandwich shop manned by 9 street kids, KOTO has since grown into a social enterprise that provides an internationally-accredited, free-of-charge 24-month hospitality training program and stable employment for 150-200 disadvantaged youths per year. Over 22 years of operation, KOTO has helped and transformed the lives of over 1000 underprivileged youths and their families. KOTO empowers youths through its training center and restaurant in Hanoi, and different hospitality joint ventures. The training program fosters both professional and personal development for its trainees with Hospitality, English, Computer and Life Skills. Upon graduation, trainees receive Certificate III in Hospitality or Commercial Cookery from Box Hill Institute, Australia and 100% of trainees get hired in hotels and restaurants across Vietnam.

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