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KOTO International

KOTO Vietnam


KOTO Background


In the late 1990's KOTO founder Jimmy Pham, a Vietnamese Australian, returned to Vietnam, to work as a tour leader. While in Hanoi Jimmy 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 children, 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 to create a better life for themselves. It was from this experience that the concept of KOTO was born.

KOTO now has two intakes of trainees each year into its two centers in HCM and Hanoi. Trainees are disadvantaged youths between 16 and 22 years of age. Individuals who apply to attend the KOTO programs are thoroughly vetted to ensure that we are providing support to people who are genuinely in need. Over a two year period trainees study Hospitality to an Australian Certificate 3 level of qualification. Throughout this period trainees are also guided in essential life skills that encompasses many areas of support:

  • Residential
  • Health, Medical & Dental
  • Psychological
  • Mentorship
  • Internships into 5 star hotels for last 6 months of program

How you can help

In order to help make a difference to the lives of Vietnam's street and disadvantaged youth, KOTO relies on the generous support of individuals and organisations across Australia.

Sponsorship of an individual trainee

Sponsorship costs $150 per month over a 24 month period.

To sponsor an individual trainee, please click 'give a monthly donation' on this page. You will then need to follow the instructions to sign up for a give now account where you can provide your credit card details for ongoing monthly donations.

Following receipt of your first months donation, you will receive a Koto welcome pack sent to your nominated address.

Welcome Packs Include:

  • A letter of thanks from Jimmy Phan
  • KOTO cookbook and apron
  • Details of your allocated trainee for sponsorship
  • Guidelines for being a KOTO trainee sponsor

Alternate sponsorship / donation options

KOTO welcomes all donations of amounts over $10. We recognise that full sponsorship of an individual trainee may be out of reach for some people who would like to help. Accordingly, you can give a once off donation by clicking 'give a donation', or an amount of your choosing as a regular monthly donation. Other forms of sponsorship are available to groups, businesses, and corporates. Please contact us on to discuss further with one of the Board of Directors.  

KOTO International Limited

  • Australian registered not for profit organisation
  • AUSAID accredited organisation for the purposes of taxation
  • DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status

More information is available on our website, and we also encourage you to watch the short video below.

Video of KOTO trainees

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Contact Details

PO Box 528

0412 627 977

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.