Category Archives: Giving

Giving in the U.S. with Save the Children

For many families living near or below the poverty line in the United States, putting nutritious food on the table can be a huge struggle. Less healthy alternatives might be cheaper, but can contribute to childhood obesity and other health issues, especially when kids are less active. In response, TOMS Giving Partner Save the Children has launched its Healthy Choices program to get kids moving and eating better. On a daily basis, Save the Children engages kids in fun physical activities and provides healthy snacks, in addition to teaching kids about good nutrition. Tamsyn Oakes, a program specialist with Save…

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Building a Sustainable Shoe Industry in Haiti

Amar is the Director of Giving Operations at TOMS. A large part of his job has been overseeing TOMS’ local manufacturing efforts, including the set-up and opening of the TOMS factory in Haiti. Since our commitment to produce 1/3 of our Giving Shoes locally, Amar has traveled to nearly all of our manufacturing sites to help them stay on track and improve operations. He recently returned from his second trip to Haiti, and was eager to share the progress we’ve made together… According to the World Bank, Haiti is the least developed country in the Western Hemisphere, with over half…

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Giving in Haiti

This spring, travel with TOMS to Haiti, a beautiful country with an inspiring spirit of resilience. Five years ago, a catastrophic earthquake caused major damage in southern Haiti, affecting the lives of an estimated 3 million people. The country, the only one in the Western Hemisphere that the United Nations and the World Bank has classified as “least developed,” is still on the mend. TOMS is committed to Haiti, where we’ve had a Giving presence since 2009. Working with Giving Partners like IMA World Health, Convoy of Hope and our featured Shoe Giving Partner this season, Partners In Health, we’ve…

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Empowering Girls: Farishta’s Story

An educated girl can empower herself, help her community and change her country. TOMS has been proud to partner with AmeriCares to help girls achieve a healthy start in Afghanistan. Over the past two years, TOMS has partnered with AmeriCares and its local partner American Medical Overseas Relief (AMOR) in Afghanistan to help thousands of children and mothers receive pre- and postnatal care, vaccination services and health education through its medical outreach programs. Everywhere possible, TOMS Shoes are given after a medical check-up and vaccinations, and provided as part of an adolescent health education program held at various schools and…

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Increasing Economic Resilience with TOMS Shoes in Rwanda

For women in Rwanda like Fortune, a widow and mother of four children, it can often be difficult to provide for a family. Without the proper skillsets, many local Rwandans do not know how to save money or begin their own businesses to help create a sustainable living and economy in their communities. That’s where TOMS Giving Partner Global Communities steps in. The organization takes a market-based approach in Rwanda, connecting people to real income-generating opportunities including savings and lending programs, job placement and entrepreneurship promotion. In addition, Global Communities links vulnerable families in Rwanda to local networks of social,…

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What We’re Looking forward to in Giving for 2015

2014 was a whirlwind of a year for TOMS in its Giving Department. From the TOMS Roasting Co. launch with the gift of safe water to another year leading the charge for One Day Without Shoes, we couldn’t wait for our holiday break. But now that we’re back and it’s a new year, Giving is more excited than ever for what’s in store for 2015. Here are the Top 3 things we’re looking forward to in 2015: 1 – Another new product launch: Which means another new give! The Giving Team has been working hard throughout 2014 to prepare for…

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Profiles in One for One: Xiaoyu’s New Winter Boots

Name: Xiaoyu Age: 11 Location: Yunnan Province, China Giving Partner: Save the Children Xiaoyu is an 11-year-old girl living in a cold, mountainous region of Yunnan Province, China. It is an economically challenged area where, despite unfertile land, most locals in the province depend on agriculture for work. Xiaoyu and her friends like to play outside, which often becomes difficult during the cold winter months when there is snow on the ground. Recently, TOMS Giving Partner Save the Children distributed new TOMS Winter Boots to Xiaoyu and her classmates at her school. Zong Ha, the school’s headmaster shared the importance…

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TOMS x UNHCR: Giving to Sudanese refugees in Uganda

The numbers are staggering: there are over 51.2 million refugees and other displaced people around the world. Nearly half are children, spending their entire childhood far from home because millions of families lost their homes to violence and war. Over the last year, TOMS has been proud to share stories of Shoe Giving to refugees and participate in the annual World Refugee Day. And this Giving Tuesday, we’re proud that, in addition to fulfilling the One for One promise, $5 from every $75 purchase on TOMS.com will go toward supporting our Giving Partner, USA for UNHCR. USA for UNHCR supports the…

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Profiles in One for One: Lubaba Receives a Trichiasis Surgery

Name: Lubaba Age: 50 Location: Mojana, Ethiopia Giving Partner: Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology Service Provided: Trichiasis Surgery For 50-year-old Lubaba, the pain she felt in her eyes was so intense, that she almost always wanted to keep them closed. For nearly 10 years, Lubaba was suffering from trichiasis, an infection of the eyelids, which causes severe burning and scratching of the cornea. Before visiting a local outreach hosted by TOMS Giving Partner Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology, Lubaba was unsure if she’d ever be able to see again. “The vision affected everything in my life,” she explained. “I kept…

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