Know One, Teach One (KOTO)

Context: According to the 2009 National Population and Housing Census, approximately 45% of the population is 24 years old and under. As with many emerging countries, macro-economic development has not translated to social development, especially for youth from rural areas, ethnic minorities, urban street youth, or other at-risk youth.  Average salaries for young people working in the urban industrial zones earn an average of 1-2 million Viet Dong per month (approximately US$50-$100)

Organization: Founded by Vietnamese Australian Jimmy Pham, a former tour guide trained in hospitality, Know One Teach One (KOTO) shortly after his first visit back to his motherland in 1998. KOTO is a leading provider of vocational training for disadvantaged young people (those on the street,former gang youth, orphan, or broken families, trafficking survivors) with a strong track record of employment for graduates of its intensive restaurant training and practice program. 

Current Grant: EMpower’s 5th grant to KOTO provides operational support to fund critical elements of their strategic planning for the next 2 years such as staff and leadership development and improvement of staff appraisal and program monitoring and evaluations.

Vietnam Contact: Dana McNaim Contact Email: Website: Established: 1998