KOTO International Limited is a not for profit organization in Australia that supports The KOTO Project in Vietnam the components being the KOTO Hanoi Restaurant and Training Centre and KOTO Saigon Restaurant. KOTO International is managed in Australia by a board of directors who are a dedicated team who have experienced how KOTO's work changes lives in Vietnam. KOTO International's responsibility also includes liaising with partner organisations in Australia as well as supporters and donors in the private and corporate sectors.
KOTO International processes all donations and sponsorships in Australia and transfers all funds to The Project in Vietnam.
The young trainees who came from the streets and disadvantaged backgrounds aged between 16 and 22 in the KOTO program study hospitality skills, an essential life skills program and English.
In order to help make a difference to the lives of Vietnam's street and disadvantaged youth, we rely on the generous support of individuals and organisations around the world and we welcome that support and generosity. KOTO International is an AUSAID accredited organisation for the purposes of taxation and has DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible for Australian Tax Payers.
In the late 1990's KOTO founder Jimmy Pham, a Vietnamese Australian, returned to his birthplace, Vietnam, to work as a tour leader. While in Hanoi he struck up a friendship with a group of young people living and working on the streets to support their families. He used his salary to help the kids, but knew this was only a temporary fix for a long-term problem. Jimmy wanted to find a way to contribute to improving their lives without handing out charity. The street kids needed skills, jobs and an income for a better life. It was from this knowledge that the concept of KOTO was born. www.koto.com.au