14 new graduates of the STREETS International
Fourteen young men and women from the fourth class of the non-profit enterprise STREETS International graduated June 26 in Hoi An city in Vietnam's central province of Quang Nam.
Following an 18-month-course conducted by the charity organization, which offers Vietnamese street children with accommodation, food, and an education in English and hospitality skills for free, the 14 youth trainees are now equipped with basic skills to work in restaurants and other establishments in the hospitality industry.
This class of trainees came from many places including the northern provinces of Lao Cai and Quang Binh and the central provinces of Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam.
Founded in 2007 by American expat Neal Bermas, STREETS International has its headquarters in New York and functions in Hoi An.
It aims is to develop and operate sustainable programs for street kids and disadvantaged youth in South East Asia and throughout the world, starting in Vietnam.
Viettnamese trainees from previous courses conducted by the STREETS International are now working at the Nam Hai resort in Quang Nam province, the Hyatt Regency and the Danang Intercontinental in Da Nang City, the Anantara in Binh Thuan province, and at its very own STREETS Restaurant Café, a place that Bermas opened for his trainees to practice what they learn in their classes and raise funds for the organisation.
At the graduating ceremony, Neal told his trainees: "We are all so proud of you. Because we knew that no matter what had been your past, the possibilities for a better future could be yours."
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