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About Sanon

Our aims, objectives and purpose of the Sanon Restaurant, Bagan, Myanmar
  Students and Staff
  Students and Staff
  All students attend English classes
  All students attend English classes
  Students working in kitchen
  Students working in the restaurant kitchen

The Sanon Training Restaurant is operated by the MYDI (Myanmar Youth Development Institute). MYDI conducts Sanon as a non-profit social enterprise organization in Nyaung U, Bagan, Myanmar.

Our core strategic aim is to:

"Train up to 30 students at a time, assist them to gain employment and monitor them for a further two years"

A lot of energy and time is spent interviewing students in order to ascertain if they fit our criteria. Most of our students have no family or come from otherwise quite disadvantaged circumstances.

During the first three months of their course, all students are given 'front of house' and kitchen training.  The students then select one of these 'two fields' in which to specialize then receive more advanced training. The complete training course takes approximately 12 months and in doing so all students gain valuable work experience under the supervision of our training staff.

We have a very strong focus on training and English standards and aim to ensure that all the students that complete our training program gain hospitality skills of an ASEAN standard and secure appropriate employment.

During their course students are provided with accommodation, food, comprehensive English lessons and hospitality training 6 days a week.  The students also receive all tips given by customers which are shared equally among all students.

Upon completion of their training course, we help students find appropriate employment in the hospitality and tourism industries. As part of Sanon’s commitment to the development and welfare of its students, Sanon will also continue to monitor and mentor each graduate in their place of employment for two years.

Sanon restaurant while committed to our social and training objectives is a fully functioning professional and high-standards restaurant. We take great pride in providing fantastic food and service to our guests.

Income from the Restaurant helps pay for full-time staff such as our English teacher, a social worker, training chefs, front of house trainers, a restaurant manager and accountant. Our intention is to employ all Burmese staff to help encourage the development of local skills and expertise and support the local community.

MYDI has had to raise considerable funds to get the project up and running. All funds have been raised privately with no financial support from other charities or NGO’s and any Governmental sources either in Myanmar or overseas.

Operationally, we estimate a financial shortfall of approximately USD $40,000 per year for the first three years, until the restaurant is trading at a breakeven level.  Various fundraising activities and donations made by the ‘Friends of Sanon’ are needed to make up for any shortfall in income.  This will ensure a sustainable restaurant that can provide the necessary training to achieve our core strategic goal.

On behalf of the Students, Staff and the MYDI Board, we would like to express our gratitude and thanks to all those who have made a donation to help us in our work of continuing to give our students an opportunity for a new and bright future. We would also like to acknowledge the advice, support and goodwill we have received from local government officials, the local monastery and the general Bagan community. The establishment, on-going operation and success of Sanon would not have been possible without their help and support.

See also

Myanmar Youth Development Institute

Our Location

Pyu Saw Hti Street
next to Nyaung U Thante Hotel
Bagan, Myanmar

Open Hours

October-March: Open 7 days a week.
Closed for Thingyan Holidays in April (Dates vary annually)

April-September: Open Monday to Saturday. 11.00am-10.00pm

Note the Kitchen closes at 9.30pm

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Phone: +95 9 45195 1950

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