Wednesday, 14 December 2011
KOTO - know one, teach one
We were in Hanoi for only 5 days, but out of those 5 days we ate at KOTO three times and we highly recommend it .... not just for its 'idea', but for the friendly staff, the service and the food ...
KOTO is a not-for-profit restaurant and vocational training program that is changing the lives of street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. KOTO - training Hanoi street kids in restaurant skills
The concept of KOTO began on the streets of Hanoi in 1996 when an Australian Vietnamese man, Mr Jimmy Pham, asked a group of street kids what they wanted out of life. They simply replied, "we need skills so we can find stable jobs" and so the concept of KOTO was born.
In just five years, KOTO has grew from a small sandwich shop in Hanoi to a 120-seat restaurant and an internationally accredited hospitality program that gives some very special young people the start in life that everyone deserves.
and now Saigon......
All donations over $2.00 to KOTO are tax deductible for Australian taxpayers against their tax commitments in Australia. Please advise KOTO staff if you require an Australian Tax Deductible receipt as the payment will need to be made via KOTO International in Australia.
Become part of the KOTO Saigon foundations by buying a brick now and having your name featured at the restaurant, forever.
For $100, your brick, inscribed with your name, will be part of the KOTO Saigon restaurant’s “Brick Wall”, and be regarded as an acknowledgement of those who supported KOTO Saigon restaurant in its founding days.
The success of the restaurant is vital to KOTO Saigon as, being a social enterprise, it’s not only a major revenue source, but also a means by which trainees can gain practical experience and become more employable upon graduating. It has long been a dream of KOTO’s to bring its successful Hanoi program to the street and disadvantaged youth in the South of Vietnam, and the establishment of the restaurant is an integral part of this.
Sign-up now and be part of KOTO Saigon, forever
...... an Australian Vietnamese man, Mr Jimmy Pham, asked a group of street kids what they wanted out of life. They simply replied, "we need skills so we can find stable jobs" and so the concept of KOTO was born......
HELPFUL BLOG POSTS & WEBSITES FOR HANOI AREA:
HANOI KIDS- volunteer tour guides - hotel can organise if you book well ahead.
KOTO Restaurant - hotel can book a table for you.
This is the 14th blog posting of our visit to Hanoi and beyond.
So stay tuned for more updates!!
(especially our visit to Sapa)