Appointment of a Social Worker
DFAT (AVI) approved the appointment of an Australian Social Worker for 18 months tenure. The task of the social worker will be to support and mentor students. Almost all of our students come from very disadvantaged and difficult personal situations.
Our first group of students (15) graduated and have jobs to go to. 24 new students taken on for the 2017/18 training program. Myanmar Restaurant Association President co-signs our student’s graduation certificates.
A Culinary Destination
Intrepid Travel’s Global Network of Travel Agencies lists Sanon as a culinary designation in Bagan, Myanmar.
Recognition from the Myanmar Restaurant Association
Myanmar Restaurant Association recognised the Sanon Training Restaurant Program which was built on the ASEAN Hospitality curriculum (written by William Angliss Institute in Melbourne, Australia).
Appointment of English Teacher
DFAT (AVI – Australian Volunteers Abroad) agreed to fund the cost of an English teacher for 18 months with the key responsibilities to teach all students English and to write a MYDI English curriculum with a hospitality focus.
Official Opening of Sanon
Official opening - the students put on a culinary show for approximately 75 guests from all over the world.
No.1 on Trip Advisor
Sanon becomes No.1 on Trip Advisor for Restaurants in Began, Myanmar.
Soft opening of the Sanon Training Restaurant.
A Foodies Must See
Lonely Planet Guide as well as Wikitravel rate Sanon as a 'foodies must see' restaurant.
The Sanon Training Restaurant
Sanon is selected as the name for the training restaurant. Sanon is Burmese for Turmeric.
Construction of Training Restaurant building and infrastructure
Construction commences on the training restaurant on the site provided by Ms Khine Ko Gyi. The kitchen is designed by members of MYDI and constructed by manufactures in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia for shipment to Bagan, Myanmar.
Charity and Social Enterprise Registration
Formal registration in Australia as a non profit organisation and registration of a social enterprise limited liability company in Myanmar.
Myanmar Youth Development Institute (MYDI)
Development of a formal Strategic Statement for our group and its naming as the Myanmar Youth Development Institute.
Site for a Training Restaurant acquired
On the advice of a contact at the Asian Development Bank several members of MYDI meet with Ms Khine Ko Gyi the operator of the Thante Hotel in Bagan (Nyaung U) in central Myanmar. Ms Khine offered MYDI a run-down building, adjoining her hotel for MYDI to redevelop into a Training Restaurant. An offer MYDI accepted.
Fact Finding visit to Cambodia
Members of the future Myanmar Youth Development Institute visit Cambodia to investigate training operations by Friends-International (i.e. Friends social businesses)