Hoa Sua School for Disadvantaged Youth
Created in 1994, Hoa Sua is a vocational training school in the hospitality sector seeking the training and employability of disadvantaged youth, namely orphans and street children raised by charity organizations, to encourage their insertion on the labour market.
Hoa Sua’s goal is to provide opportunities for professional training in European and Asian cooking, catering and hotel services, bakery and pastry, and language courses, among other courses. The school has implemented a groundbreaking model of practical training in business management in collaboration with the tourist industry so as to respond to its needs.
Hoa Sua is a successful example of social economy and professional integration for disadvantaged youth who, without such opportunities, would fair poorly on the job market. The school has opened three restaurants, a mini-hotel, a bakery, a catering service and an embroidery workshop that enables the organization to fund its activities while providing students with practical experience in a work environment.
Approximately 90% of graduates find work in international hotels and restaurants, and some of them come back to teach at Hoa Sua. Since 1994, more than 6,000 underprivileged youth have received career training and have found a job.
Check out the case study on Hoa Sua (2011)