Meet Children International’s Dr. Contreras

While in Guatemala visiting with TOMS Giving Partner Children International, we had the opportunity to sit down with one of the local doctors serving CI’s community center. As part of CI’s holistic programming for children and their communities, the organization has an established medical facility that provides medical and dental check-ups to children in need. Read more from Dr. Contreras…  What was your life like growing up? Did you grow up in the local community? My childhood was in a home with both parents and a younger brother. I studied in a private school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I grew up…

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A Summer at TOMS: Last Days

On paper, ten weeks seems like a pretty substantial piece of time. Yet from the moment we entered TOMS on June 17th, we were frequently reminded how fast the summer would fly by. Reflecting on our last week as a Tribe, it’s become clear how true this prediction was. While time seemed quick, we forged some lifetime friendships and left with an invaluable experience. The culture at TOMS has an effect on you, and we were fortunate to have every second of those ten weeks to soak it in. At the beginning of our internship, we were each given two…

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The Games We Brought Back from Guatemala

Giving is hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun. On our recent trip to Guatemala, the children at the community center — run by TOMS Giving Partner Children International — were eager to show us some of their favorite games. Despite the language barrier, the games served as a great icebreaker (along with big smiles and laughs!) and made our day with the children especially fun. Our favorite game was called, quite simply, “Parachutes!” Yulissa, a Children International Program Assistant in Guatemala, explained that the goal of the game is to encourage teamwork and coordination to not let…

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Profiles in One for One: Dr. Mariano Yee, founder of Visualiza Eye Care Center

After wrapping up his studies in ophthalmology in 2002, Dr. Mariano Yee founded the Visualiza Eye Care System with the help of his brother, Nicolás, and his wife, Kimberly, to provide high-quality eye care in Guatemala City. Moved by Guatemalan’s in need of eye care, but unable to access or afford it, Dr. Mariano and his staff expanded Visualiza in 2005 to offer public eye care services. Following Aravind’s model — the world’s largest eye care system, Visualiza’s paying patients subsidize those that cannot afford care. In 2012, Visualiza became a TOMS Sight Giving Partner. Read on as Dr. Mariano tells…

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Meet Chibia! Our #TOMS Give Back to School Pinterest Contest Winner!

How would you describe your personal style? I’m all about two things: comfort, but classy. You want to be comfortable and still look nice at the same time, right? If I’m wearing a blazer, I will most likely pair with a loose t-shirt. If I am wearing jeans, I roll them up. I really enjoy wearing earth and dark tones. Pops of color are fun too, but you’ll most likely catch me in tan or navy blue. Can you tell us a little bit about the winning looks on your Pinterest board? When I made this board, I focused on…

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Sustainable sanitation initiatives in Guatemala

In Guatemala, recent reports share that 94% of Guatemalans have access to clean water sources and 80% have access to sanitation facilities. While these statistics might seem impressive at first glance, the reality is that many of these water systems have partially or completely failed. TOMS Giving Partner Water For People and TOMS Roasting Co. purchases are helping to change this. In Guatemala, TOMS works with Water For People to support projects that improve sanitation facilities and hygiene practices. Recently, in a school district in the department of El Quiche, Yohana García Urizar, president of the School Parent Teacher Committee…

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On the bright side: A look at our new fall frames

Enhance your outlook this fall with frames that pair earthy tones with assertive angles for a versatile (yet always complimentary) update to your everyday ensemble. Introducing 2 new silhouettes, Charlie Rae and Maxwell, and 3 optical frames debuting in sun with polarized mineral glass lenses, Noah, Rooper, and Archie.     Fashion Staple alert: a chunky, trendy unisex frame with crystal and two-tone color options. A bold silhouette that stands out, even in the fashion forward crowd. Oversized frames with slim lines and a rectangular shape for timeless tones.

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Profiles in One for One: Dara’s new shoes from Giving Partner Children International

Profiles in One for One: Dara’s new shoes Name: Dara Age: 8 Location: Guatemala Giving Partner: Children International For 8-year-old Dara, the Children International  community center is like a second home. It’s a place where she can play with friends on the soccer field and practice her singing and dancing – all things she loves to do in her spare time. “I like to come here and play and write letters sometimes,” she shares. But the CI community center is more than that. It’s also a place where Dara receives vital health care like visits to the dentist and education…

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TOMS X Operation Change

Last week we brought you the launch of the TOMS Marketplace fall collection and we couldn’t be more excited. We now offer over 300 globally inspired, socially conscious products, and every product has a story. LSTN Headphones is one of our Marketplace partners with a truly incredible story, and a very memorable giving partner. Determined to make the world a better place through the power of music and consumers, LSTN founders Bridget Hilton and Joe Huff have created a line of headphones that also helps restore hearing to people in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Each year, the Starkey…

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