KOTO stands for “Know One, Teach One.” KOTO targets to transform lives of disadvantaged and at-risk youth in Vietnam through their holistic two-year residential training program in hospitality in Hanoi. The training, certified by the Box Hill Institute in Australia, combines vocational skills with personal development (e.g. healthy living, financial literacy, sexuality education, interpersonal and English language skills), and offers employment opportunities for youth to work in thriving hospitality sector in Vietnam and South East Asia. Every six months, KOTO recruits between 40 to 45 youth aged 16-22 years from vulnerable communities across the country.

Lorinet Foundation is supporting KOTO to implement a three-year program (called “Her Turn”) focussing on furthering the cause of enabling disadvantaged young women from rural and ethnic minorities to access KOTO’s training and find employment to live a life with dignity and financial independence. The program implemented through the year of 2018/19/20 is jointly funded by Department of Foreign Affair and Trade (Australian Government), EMpower Foundation along with Lorinet Foundation and aims to achieve the following 3 outcomes:

  • At least 30 women graduating with Australian post-secondary VET accreditation via KOTO 24-month program
  • At least 110 women aged 18 to 25 years completing KOTO’s 6-month vocational education and training program
  • By the end of the project, at least 15% of women alumni will own their own enterprises, and at least 30% of these enterprises will utilize the social enterprise model.