Economic well-being embraces the principles of access to decent, dignified and safe work at fair wages, and knowledge and ability to make and implement decisions on financial and other resources. We support local organisations that enable young people to build assets and a range of tangible knowledge-based, technical, practical and social skills; and to have primary decision-making power over their economic resources.
The number of children and youth on the streets in Vietnam, particularly in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, is a pressing issue. Young people end up on the streets after escaping broken families, domestic abuse, or as a means of earning an income for their families. They are left without necessary care or support, and are often vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. An ‘invisible’ population, these young people are the hardest to reach.
Know One, Teach One (KOTO) seeks to empower street and at-risk youth in cities and rural communities to live a life of dignity and independence. KOTO encourages youth to join a 2-year residential training program in hospitality, which combines vocational skills with personal development, and offers participants the opportunity to work in hotels and restaurants after completing the program. Through their Social Enterprise, KOTO run 2 restaurants and catering services that students can train and work at. Youth also gain financial literacy, education on sexuality, and English language skills.
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