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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Endorsers that KOTO partner with

Hong Kong SAR China

EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation

Aavishkaar Capital is the equity arm of The Aavishkaar Group which manages in excess of US$1 billion in AUM across equity and credit. The Group’s shareholders include TIAA-Nuveen, Shell Foundation, Triodos Bank and Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank.

EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation

EMpower is a global philanthropic organization that creates positive change through strategic investments in young people. Our focus is on youth ages 10-24 who are the most vulnerable, living in poverty and/or precarious circumstances. EMpower partners with quality, local organizations for up to 10 years supporting their programming, development and growth. We build more sustainable interventions that empower youth through education, livelihoods opportunities and improvements in health and well-being.

On-going/Past projects

Skills and Jobs for Disadvantaged Youth


This project provides a holistic hospitality training program for 30 disadvantaged and at-risk youth aged 16-22 in Vietnam, helping them to secure long-term employment and achieve their own potential.

Education, Employability