KOTO transforms the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Vietnam through a holistic hospitality training program

KOTO stands for Know One, Teach One. Learning should be passed on; knowledge is meant to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO’s Vietnamese-Australian founder, Jimmy Pham. More than 16 years ago, Mr Jimmy opened a hospitality training centre in Hanoi, giving at-risk and disadvantaged youth the opportunity to learn and thrive in their lives.​

KOTO’s purpose is to end the cycle of poverty by empowering and helping our targeted youth to forge a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.  ​

As a social enterprise, KOTO has trained over 700 students in training centres in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled.​

In addition to the Foundation arm that focuses on raising funds to support its cause through charitable activities and initiatives, KOTO also operates an Enterprise arm, which serves as a platform for real life hospitality training and also a source of income to support the training and welfare of our students.

Kate Welch was privileged to work with The British Council in Vietnam and visited KOTO in Hanoi, tasted the lovely baked goods and met young trainees. She has since met the founder, Jimmy Pham on a number of occasions and still supports KOTO