Daily Special at Vietnam’s Koto Restaurants: Hope for Street Kids

  Tucked behind Hanoi’s ancient Temple of Literature, a top draw for tourists, KOTO Restaurant offers respite for sore feet and grumbling tummies. The menu of Asian-meets-Euro dishes includes nem (spring rolls), beef baked in bamboo, delicious salads, sandwiches and baked goods. It’s welcome fare for visitors and is spiked with a secret ingredient: Hope. KOTO is a wildly successful training …

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Disadvantaged Youth Hone Hospitality Skills at Hanoi’s Hoa Sua

Tucked into a tiny side street in the Truc Bach neighbourhood of Hanoi is a stately house that has been transformed into elegant restaurant. White linen covers the tables and menu choices are a fusion of French and Asian. Is this a high-end celebrity chef’s signature locale? Not exactly. It is Song Thu Restaurant, a learning restaurant run by Hoa Sua where disadvantaged youth whip up delicious meals and serve them to customers, often tour groups visiting Vietnam.

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Professionalizing and Marketing Day Labours’ Services

Day labourers, or “Men on the Side of the Road”, are being offered the opportunity to professionalize their skills through Fundi, an NGO operating in Cape Town, South Africa. Fundi offers a variety of services to day labourers, most importantly a resume and reference system. They independently asses the quality of work and personality of enrolled day labourers. These profiles …

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