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them security, a basis for savings and some extra to provide for their families. KOTO graduates have undergone an extraordinary transformation: they are con dent, capable and become highly employable in Hanoi hospitality as well as beyond; their course is internationally accredited through Victoria's Box Hill TAFE (Tertiary and Further Education college). KOTO International Limited is a charity based in Australia that fund- raises and o ers strategic support. It is managed solely by volunteers. More Australian support comes from the Australian Embassy in Vietnam, which uses KOTO to cater embassy functions. Founder Jimmy Pham hopes his work reaches out exponentially. He would like to see KOTO in other parts of the world. And late 2009, another facility opened in Ho Chi Minh City. But Pham's vision also includes the individual paying it forward. " e greatest accomplishment for the person who has helped you, is to see you stand on your own two feet and then in turn help someone else that reminds you of yourself, because if you know one, then you should teach one." ACCESS TO SIGHT Professor Fred Hollows (1929-1993) was a passionate Australian ophthalmologist and humanitarian who believed that no one should su er from avoidable blindness simply because they had no access to, or could not a ord su cient eye health services. e work of Professor Hollows has been recognised throughout the world as inspiring the restoration of sight to countless thousands of people in Africa, Asia and in Indigenous Australia. In 1990, Professor Hollows was awarded Australia's highest honour -- the Australian of the Year Award for his ser vices to humanity. A year before his death from cancer in 1993, Professor Hollows established e Fred Hollows Foundation to carry on his work of improving eye health capacity throughout the developing world -- largely through the training of eye health workers. Since then the foundation has gone on to restore sight to well over 1 million people throughout the world -- it now works in 18 countries. e foundation's work with local partners in Jiangxi Province, China is an example of how Professor Hollows' legacy is continuing to bring sight to those who would other wise live in darkness. Since 1998, the China-Australia Cataract Surgery Training Co-operation Program has been working towards developing a sustainable model of high volume cataract surgery, which is accessible to the poor. is program has supported training in cataract surgery, management and referral for 74 county level doctors, 103 nurses, 56 hospital administrators and 3812 village doctors across 58 counties of Jiangxi Province. is training is now playing a major role in a groundbreaking program which has already restored sight to 120,000 people. e Jiangxi Provincial Bureau of Health launched the "Bright and Smile Initiative" in May 2009, with the goal of eliminating a backlog of about 200,000 cataract cases by July 2010. In the rst nine months of the program, approximately 120,000 people received sight restoring cataract surgery. Patients are the true bene ciaries of e Fred Hollows Foundation's work in China. Eighty- ve-year-old Zhou Jing Guang had been a ected by cataract blindness for 10 years. His blindness prevented him from doing any farming work and he hadn't seen the faces of his grandchildren for all those years. Dr Deng, who was trained by e Fred Hollows Foundation, performed surgery on Zhou's eyes and restored his sight in time for Chinese New Year, which is when his family traditionally returns home for a reunion dinner. For the rst time in 10 years he was able to see the faces of all his family members. international aid 109 Jimmy Pham has helped hundreds of Vietnamese street kids. The greatest outcome is to see you stand on your own two feet and then in turn help someone else. Jimmy Pham A GOOD INTERNATIONAL CITIZEN Australia prides itself on being a good international citizen. is is demonstrated through our O cial Development Assistance (ODA) program. It is in Australia's national interest that the Government continues to increase the level of Australia's aid. By applying this increased aid to generating employment, protecting vulnerable populations and maintaining essential health and education services in developing countries, we are laying the foundations for recovery and future prosperity, including in Australia's own region. Australia's ODA program funds key initiatives to boost food security through rural development, to increase investment in economic in astructure, to improve governance and to support faster development progress in the Paci c. Funding will also support a greater commitment to A ica and South Asia, and for the international community's e orts to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We are also commi ed to faster progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by increasing Australia's multilateral engagement and increasing multilateral development nancing and Australia's core funding for key United Nations agencies leading e orts to achieve the MDGs. We are commi ed to establishing new programs in in astructure develop- ment, land administration and public sector capacity building , and contributing to the Prime Minister's March 2008 Port Moresby Declaration on achieving be er development outcomes for Paci c island nations through new Paci c Partnerships for Development. STEPHEN SMITH, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs