Category Archives: Giving

In Honduras, Jennifer Receives Her Sixth Pair of TOMS Shoes

Name: Jennifer Age: 8 Location: Nueva, Esperanza, Honduras Giving Partner: Feed the Children Shoe Type: Black Canvas Our Giving Partner, Feed the Children, recently sent us this amazing story about 8-year-old Jennifer, who has received six pairs of TOMS Giving Shoes since 2012! We think her story is an amazing testament to the work that our Giving Partners do and the incredible commitment of our supporters to the One for One movement. Jennifer lives in a small community called Nueva Esperanza, which means “New Hope,” in Honduras. The nearest city is about 50 minutes away, creating many challenges for the…

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What’s a TOMS Giving Trip?

In the early days, we called our firsthand Shoe Giving experiences “Shoe Drops.” Our founder Blake, the small TOMS staff and some their family and friends, traveled back to Argentina to distribute the very first One for One shoes to children in need. For the next few years, the TOMS family was an essential part of every pair of shoes given to children in need. However, as the One for One movement gained support and the company grew, we learned more about international development and built out a Giving Team to work with humanitarian partners to more responsibly integrate TOMS…

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Preventing Bullying in schools with No Bully

When developing a new giving model at TOMS, we select high-impact partners who complement one another’s work. When we identified Bullying Prevention as our next give, we wanted to ensure that we had a partner to help prevent bullying in schools and a partner to help respond to instances of bullying and other types of crisis. We have already introduced you to Crisis Text Line and are proud to introduce you to our other partner No Bully. No Bully is an innovative organization that partners with schools over the course of a year. It trains their staff how to interrupt…

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In Malawi, Annie Operates a Water Kiosk

We’d like for you to meet Annie, a single mother in her late 40s, living in Mwanyowe, a low-income area just outside of the central business district of Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial city. It’s the start of a new working day for Annie, a water seller at one of 40 water kiosks in Manyowe. Annie used to be a seasonal farmer with very little income and even less things to do. Since her husband died, she found life particularly difficult. “I depended on him for almost everything,” Annie explains. “He would go to town and find piece work which brought food…

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Profiles in One for One: A Story from Battambang Eye Unit

Patient Name: Sok Veung Location: Battambang, Cambodia Giving Partner: Seva Foundation Service provided: Cataract surgery Sok Veung is a 44-year-old woman who lives in Anlong Tamey village in the Battambang province of Cambodia. Since her husband passed away, she has become the sole supporter of her five children and is responsible for funding their education. Sok Veung supports her family by working on her own small plot of land, growing vegetables and raising chickens to sell at the market to generate income. Sok Veung felt her vision starting to fail over the past four years. During this past year, her…

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Debi’s Giving Trip in the United States

Debi is a TOMS employee in the IT department who recently returned from her first Giving Trip. After visiting Save the Children in the Morongo Valley in California, she was inspired to share what she learned about Giving just a few hours away from our own HQ in Los Angeles… He looks at me with a bit of a sheepish grin as he responds to my hand in the air calling him to me. He bounds into the seat and offers me his right foot. There is a sparkle in an eye that beckons me closer. I ask his name…

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World Refugee Day: Recognizing Ordinary People, Living Extraordinary Lives

Kristin is a Giving Account Manager at TOMS, helping to foster relationships with Giving Partners around the world, more specifically in the Middle East and Europe. She recently returned from Jordan, where she met with children, parents and teachers affected by the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Today, she tells you the importance of our partners’ work in refugee response as World Refugee Day approaches… Tomorrow, June 20, marks World Refugee Day, a day honoring ordinary people faced with extraordinary circumstances — war and conflict. Our Giving Partners across Asia, Africa and the Middle East have shared stories of refugees facing everyday…

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Meet Mayor Amner Mendoza Motiño

Mayor Motiño is a government leader in San Antonio, Honduras. His dream is to see all families in San Antonio living with safe water. Currently, he’s focused on making sure each household is equipped with a latrine, because he believes it will greatly improve the quality of life in the communities. “I want the people to know that their voices are heard,” Mayor Motiño shares with a passion in his voice. “I want them to have everything, but first we must start with safe water.” TOMS Roasting Co. partners with Water For People to provide safe water solutions in the…

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Supporting Seva Nepal

We continue to support our partner Seva Nepal in the aftermath of the original earthquake on April 25th and the aftershocks on May 12th. The United Nations estimates that more than 8,000 people have been killed, over 870,000 homes destroyed or badly damaged, and 2.8 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance. We have received an update from our partner that all their staff is safe, though shaken. Here is an update from Nepal in their words: “With 37 years of on-the-ground experience working throughout Nepal, Seva staffers and our network of partner organizations were able to spring into…

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