Category Archives: Giving

How Prescription Glasses Are Made

At TOMS, we’ve always been so proud of how we help restore sight with our amazing Sight Giving Partners and our supporters’ TOMS Eyewear purchases. We’re especially proud of how we help restore sight in not just one way, but three different ways — surgeries, medical treatments and prescription glasses — that improve the lives of those who are visually impaired in 13 countries. Today, we’re excited to take you behind the scenes to explain how, exactly on of those three ways works: prescription glasses. Ever wonder how the glasses we give, and sometimes wear ourselves, work? There’s no doubt…

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Success Breeds Success in Galufu, Malawi

In the small village of Galufu, Malawi, residents still recall the frequent outbreaks of cholera, especially during the rainy season, when they had to collect water from a polluted stream. One year they lost an entire family to the disease. This kind of illness is now only a memory. TOMS Giving Partner Water For People began working in Galufu nearly 15 years ago. Collaborating with Malawi Freshwater Project, a local NGO, Water For People worked with the small community of just 1,700 to develop four boreholes fitted with hand pumps to build household latrines. The availability of safe water and improved…

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One on One with Dr. DeCastro: Screening factory workers in Haiti

Meet Dr. Pierre-Yves DeCastro, an ophthalmologist working in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. TOMS Sight Giving Partner Visualiza is currently mentoring Dr. DeCastro in the business of sustainable eye care, with the plan that he will open a social eye care clinic in Haiti, where there are only 52 ophthalmologists for every 10 million people. During the TOMS trip to Haiti, Dr. DeCastro screened every employee at the TOMS factory for visual impairment. This was the first time many of the employees had ever received a vision test, and nearly half of them needed glasses. Purchases of TOMS Eyewear allowed us…

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Increasing Economic Productivity through Sight

Shira is the TOMS Director of Social Innovation and Impact, and manages our Sight Giving here at TOMS. Shira had the opportunity to travel with the TOMS team to Haiti to see our Sight Giving in action at the newly established TOMS factory. Here, she shares how good vision plays an impact on an entire country’s economy… In Haiti, there are only about 50 ophthalmologists, leaving much of the population without regular access to eye care. As our Sight Giving has grown, we’ve learned that vision plays a huge role in productivity. Without good vision, employees often struggle at work…

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Helping Provide a Safer Birth Experience in Haiti

For many women and children around the world, the most dangerous day of their lives is the day of birth. Nearly 800 women still die every day from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth*. In response, TOMS Giving Partner, the United Nations Population Fund, works tirelessly as the lead UN agency to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted and every birth is safe. Since it began work in 1969, the number of women dying from complications at childbirth has halved. Currently, the organization works in over 150 countries that are home to 80 percent of the world’s population….

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How Skilled Birth Attendants Help in Haiti

Meet Amoin Soulemane, a midwife at a United Nations Population Fund-supported maternity clinic. Originally from the Ivory Coast, Amoine has over 30 years of service as a midwife, helping to make birth safer for mother and babies in developing countries. In Haiti, Amoin helps oversee the health and care provided to women who are preparing to give birth. “We work to make sure that consultations are done for pregnant women and that the birth of their child is a safe experience,” she explains. Amoin is a volunteer for UNFPA, which partners with the Ministry of Health in Haiti. Through UNFPA,…

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The Global Need for Safer Births

When our Product Development team first told the Giving Department about the TOMS Bag collection, and the need for a give that matched it, we were excited. It gave our small team of three in Social Innovation and Impact a chance to put their big brains together and really come up with a give that was both impactful and matched the beautiful collection of TOMS Bags that they were so excited to launch, which hits our site on Friday. As always, we started with the need. We spoke to experts in global health and many potential Giving Partners tackling issues…

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Improving Access to Health and Education with Partners in Health

TOMS is honored to work with Partners In Health to distribute shoes to children in need in Haiti and Malawi. As one of the leading organizations in global health equity, the organization’s mission is to provide healthcare to the world’s impoverished. They do so by establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations and governments based in settings of poverty. Perhaps the greatest example of this is Partners In Health’s work in Haiti, where the organization was founded in 1987. While visiting Haiti, the TOMS team had the opportunity to travel to Domond, a rural village about two hours outside of Port-au-Prince…

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TOMS Giving has a New Website!

Hey there, Sarah here. Most of you reading the TOMS Blog don’t know me, but I manage our Giving Communications here at TOMS, and act as the voice of TOMS Giving on the blog. You may not have noticed, but this morning, Giving hit a major milestone. After nearly two years of work by an incredible — and I mean INCREDIBLE — cross-collaborative team, we launched a new, more in-depth section of TOMS.com dedicated entirely to all aspects of TOMS Giving. When I tell you this project was a labor of love, I mean it. The web redesign began almost…

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