KOTO is synonymous with exceptional hospitality training. Visited by President Bill Clinton and Laura Bush, KOTO has enabled 1,000 Vietnamese youth to escape poverty through our holistic 24-month hospitality training program over the last 20 years. This project will enable KOTO to provide an additional 15 places to disadvantaged single mothers and ethnic minority women to receive hospitality training, full board, healthcare and social welfare services for 2 years and break the cycle of poverty.
Despite Vietnam's rapid development, the UN states 90% of the poor live in rural areas and 50% of the ethnic minority population live in poverty. Many have not finished elementary school, marry and have children quickly. They usually experience very high levels of domestic violence and unemployment rates. Without education and training, these women become victims of trafficking or abuse. These funds will provide more places to rural and ethnic minority youth to break the poverty cycle.
KOTO is internationally recognised for its 24-month holistic hospitality training program and outcomes. Our trainees are highly sought after by industry as they are well trained and empowered - not simply 'job ready'. This holistic approach contributes to the program's overall high retention rate of approximately 90% for each student intake and a 100% job placement rate for graduates including our rural and ethnic minority youth, who had not completed elementary schooling.
Our 1,000 strong alumni are working across Vietnam and abroad, many now in very senior positions, demonstrating the success of KOTO. An independent evaluation of KOTO alumni found 100% employment rates continued one year after graduation. Our recent female rural and ethnic minority graduates have chosen to remain in Hanoi or returned home to open cafes, homestays or work in local hotels in nearby cities, transforming their lives, their family and their communities and embrace their heritage.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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