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) graduate and have jobs to go to. 24 new students taken on for thew 2017/2-18 training program. Myanmar Restaurant Association President co-signs our student's graduation certificates.
Intrepid Travel's global network of travel agencies lists Sanon as a culinary destination in Bagan.
Recognition from the Myanmar Restaurant Association
Myanmar Restaurant Association recognised the Sanon Training Program which was built on the ASEAN Hospitality curriculum (written by William Angliss Institute in Melbourne).
Appointment of English Teacher
Australian Government via DFAT (Australian Volunteers International) agreed to fund the cost of an English Teacher for 18 months with the key aim, whilst teaching English to all students, of writing a MYDI Hospitality English curriculum.
Official Opening of Sanon
Official Opening - the students put on a culinary show for about 75 from all over the world.
End of Joint Venture
Cessation of aggrement with Friends International.
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
Construction commences on the training restaurant on the site provided Ms Khine Ko Gyi. The kitchen is designed by members of MYDI and the organised by manufacturers in Ballarat Victoria, Australia for shipment to Bagan.
Joint Venture agreement conditions settled with Friends-International in Phnom Penh. The Tree Alliance consultancy services signed.
Charity and Social Enterprise Registration
Registration of a charitable organization in Australia and the registration of a social enterprise limited liability company in Myanmar.
Building for a Training Restaurant
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.
Myanmar Youth Development Institute
Development of a formal Strategic Statement for our group and its naming as Myanmar Youth Development Institute.
Fact Finding Visit to Cambodia
Members of the future Myanmar Youth Development Institute visit Cambodia to to investigate training operations by Friends-International (i.e. Friends social businesses)