Why KOTO is more than just a restaurant

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The KOTO Organisation (Know One, Teach One) selects disadvantaged young people from across Vietnam to train in hospitality and other skills at their purpose built facilities.

The young people train for two years before graduating into the workforce. There are two schools and two restaurants, located in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and Hanoi.

Georgina Auton speaks to staff and diners at the KOTO restaurant in HCMC about why KOTO is much more than just a restaurant.

The names of KOTO employees have been changed for privacy reasons, and some faces have been blurred.

Special thanks to KOTO and its trainees and graduates, members of the UQ Vietnam Today team, and Nguyen Vu Thuy Duong for her translation.

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Georgina Auton

Georgina, or GiGi, is a third year student studying a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland. When she finishes university in 2018, she plans to be a journalist, but what kind she hasn't decided yet. She is excited for the opportunity to engage in Journalism from an international perspective and can't wait to experience everything that Vietnam has to offer! Instagram: @ahh_gigi

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