It all began with a bicycle… Or lack of one, which was what initially brought Truong under KOTO’s wing.
As the only son of elderly parents and a father who was sick, it came down to Truong to provide financial support for the family. At 16 he dropped out of education and started looking for work. At the time, however, all Truong really wanted was a bike. His mother was the one who learned about KOTO and told him he should apply.
Jimmy Pham, the organisation's founder and CEO, says: "The idea started on a walk 16 years ago when I met four wandering children and decided to help them; and now we have KOTO. We have been operating for more than 10 years in Hanoi and two in Ho Chi Minh City, aiming to give disadvantaged children a brighter future. The children are our siblings, and KOTO is a family, not just a vocational school."