5 (easy) ways you can have an impact in Hanoi
At The Learning Hub, we believe that anyone can participate in making Vietnam a better place, by supporting meaningful projects within your daily life by consuming responsibly!
Here are today's suggestions & we'll keep adding more regularly!
Arty accessories designed by kids with difficult background.
Restaurant that empowers at-risk kids with a professional hospitality training.
Blind massages & traditional herbal baths.
Safe trash bins & treatment for your electronic stuff.
1. Tò He Style - support kids in discovering their creativity
Enter their shops and you’ll realise Tò He Style might be the most colourful social enterprise in Vietnam. From the flashy elephant tote bag to the arty notebook and the rainbow chicken teddy bear, you’ll sure find an item that will energise your daily life!
Tò He unleashes the creativity and playfulness of disadvantaged kids with regular art classes and open playgrounds. The best designs are then applied on several accessories, clothing & stationaries and then sold in their (colourful) physical stores. Profits are used to fund the trainings, the Tohe Foundation and reward the design's owner!
2. KOTO - help disadvantaged kids to start a new life
KOTO is a restaurant providing Asian & Western foods where most of the staff and cooks were once at-risk kids. KOTO empowers them with a 2-year integrated hospitality & vocational training which is now recognised worldwide: KOTO trainees can work with KOTO training restaurants, any KOTO partners or pursue their career with any restaurant or hotel worldwide.
KOTO is considered the pioneer of social enterprises in Vietnam and is the first one to have been officially recognised as such. The once sandwich shop with 9 trainees finally paved the way for 19 years of operations and more than 800 trainees!
To support them, you can check the restaurant, cooking classes, visit their training center and spread the word!
3. Dao’s Care - blind therapeutic massages & Red Dao herbal baths
Who said you can’t have a good time while having an impact? Choose a massage or a bath, enjoy the welcome Trà Cung Đình and you’re set to “slow down and enjoy life” as Dao’s Care founders proudly say.
Profits are used to empower and train visually-impaired people to be professional therapists as well as to support the Red Dao ethnic community and preserve their traditions.
4. Vietnam Recycles - safely get rid of your batteries!
You don't know what to do with your electronic waste? Bring it to Vietnam Recycles and they will take care of it!
Vietnam Recycles is a newborn organisation whose objective is to reduce electronic waste, increase recycling and manage the environmental, health and safety impact of products at their end of their life cycles.
They have 3 collection points in Hanoi (1 very close to The Learning Hub!) where you can bring your electronic waste: batteries, phones & tablets, computers, printers, IT accessories... you name it!
5. Knowmads Hanoi - real change starts with yourself
Knowmads Hanoi is an alternative education organisation that aims at unleashing people’s potential and self-leadership skills. After 4 years of operations, they empowered hundreds of people in following their passion to contribute back to the world.
They would love to meet a digital marketing expert to chit chat with and get some useful advice for their upcoming digital strategy! Awesome conversations & a nice view on Trang Tien street guaranteed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch!
The Learning Hub supports local initiatives with an impact: and there are so many here in Vietnam! We will continue to share more meaningful projects on The Learning Hub blog but feel free to contact us or comment if you want to share a meaningful project you know.
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