Charity support

We are delighted to be supporting the charity KOTO through The PIEoneer Awards 2019, as we did in 2018.

KOTO stands for "Know One, Teach One.” KOTO transforms the lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Vietnam through their holistic two-year hospitality-training program, English language and crucial life skills classes. One of the unique aspects of the program is the combination of vocational training and personal development.

Learning should be passed on; knowledge is meant to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO’s Vietnamese-Australian founder, Jimmy Pham. KOTO's purpose is to end the cycle of poverty by empowering and helping their targeted youth to forge a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

Twenty year ago, Jimmy Pham opened a hospitality-training centre in Hanoi, giving at-risk and disadvantaged youth the opportunity to learn and thrive in their lives. As a social enterprise, KOTO has trained nearly 1,000 street kids and disadvantaged youth. Each year, thanks to the generosity of our donors, sponsors, supporters and partners, KOTO provides training and accommodation to 200 youth. We receive five times as many applications as there are places however, such is the demand.

In addition to the Foundation arm that focuses on raising funds to support its cause through charitable activities, the Trainee Sponsorship Program 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 their trainees.

KOTO International acts as a fundraising arm in Australia where they grant Australian Donation & Gift Recipient status. Every donation that is above AUD $2 via KOTO International is tax deductible for Australian Taxpayers.

If you are visiting Vietnam, don't forget to come and enjoy a meal and meet the trainees and alumni at our KOTO restaurants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Learn more about KOTO at:

KOTO Trainees’ stories: