Jimmy Pham with his organisation KOTO which he started in
1996, a big-hearted man saw a real need to help street kids
He first opened a sandwich shop employing 9 young people
who wanted to improve and change their lives after coming
in contact with mainly shoe shine boys in Hanoi City while
working for a travel company.
You see Jimmy isn’t the type of guy who could just walk
away, buy a post cards or get his shoes shined cleaned and
hop back on a plane back to Australia.
Jimmy Pham the Founder – centre of photo
On a regular basis he is given well deserved acclaim,
Jimmy is a hero among many. The most important people
are those who he has given an opportunity to change their
lives and become valuable citizens in society.
To date 400 young people have gone through his program
in Hanoi and Saigon.
This just isn’t any program, that trains street kids to
be the best staff in all the finest hotels, but he helps
in every aspect of their lives. When they join KOTO they
live in-house, are given an allowance, a bicycle and everything
they need to begin their training. By the best hands in
the business, be it English Language, hospitality skills
and essential life skills.
Real life work experience is taken in Koto’s 120 seat
restaurant situated opposite the Temple of Literature
in Hanoi. When they graduate 100% placements are made
to the top hotels and restaurants in Hanoi and further
Over 400 students from the two training centres have
completed their hospitality training. With another
200 more enrolled, this social enterprise totally
prepares disadvantaged youth for a future where they
have an opportunity to fulfill their dreams.
A good interview with Jimmy Pham who explains his
HOW YOU CAN HELP
EAT AT A CAFE
Koto’s training restaurant is an ideal place to go and
eat a nice breakfast, lunch or dinner; or cocktails in
the bar, just remember to book if it is lunch time as
it is a popular place to eat both foreign and Vietnamese
If you live in Hanoi, Koto does a wonderful catering
service, cooking school and online bakery store.
BUY KOTO MERCHANDISE
Great gifts to take home for the family or friends such
as pens, caps, tshirts, cookbooks etc.
Various types of sponsorship area available for trainees
and helping with general fundraising.
HELP + JOIN THE KOTO FAMILY
If you have a minimum of 3 months there are a variety
of roles to help KOTO complete their excellent work,
these are totally self funded for people with skills in:
Teaching and Tutoring in Hospitality Trade, First Aid,
Life Skills, English
Other roles include: Office, Admin, HR, Graphic Design,
Marketing, Fund Raising and Grant writing.
710B Lac Long Quan Street, Tay Ho District, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Tel: +84 4 3718 4573
Fax: + 84 4 3718 4580
Hanoi – Restaurant
59 Van Mieu, Dong Da District, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Tel: +84 4 3 747 0337
Hotline: +84 902 344 649
Ho Chi Minh City – Restaurant
151A Hai Ba Trung Street, Ward 6, District 3,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +84 8 3934 9151
Hotline: +84 909 306 708
Moonee Ponds 3039
Tel: +61 421 658 654