Know One, Teach One (KOTO)
Context: Development in Vietnam is uneven, and Soc Son district, located north of the city center is the poorest district in Hanoi. Most of the 10,000+ villagers of Thanh Xuan commune in Soc Son district are living at or just above the poverty line. Soc Son District is comprised of mostly farm lands, and one of two areas in Hanoi’s vicinity that produces organic vegetables. 80% of the educated youth in the community (those who have finished year 12) move to industrial zones for work with average salaries from $50 to $100 per month.
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.