Category Archives: Giving

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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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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Introducing TOMS Sight Giving Partner Visualiza

Since 1995, Visualiza Eye Care Center, has provided high-quality eye care to people in Guatemala City and beyond. In 2002, the then-private clinic expanded to offer public services for local people in need. The evolution of Visualiza’s services meant they could access eye care at an affordable rate; their fees were subsidized by Visualiza’s private side. It was the first time this had been done in Latin America. Despite the many critics, Dr. Mariano Yee and his staff have successfully run the social and private clinic at the same time, providing the same high quality of service to each patient,…

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Heba Receives New Prescription Glasses

At TOMS, our mission to restore sight is fueled by the effectiveness of treatment. That’s why we currently work with 17 Sight Giving Partners to help eliminate avoidable blindness and restore sight in 13 countries worldwide. Around the globe, uncorrected refractive error is one of the leading causes of visual impairment. Refractive errors develop when the eye has difficulty focusing on objects clearly. Whether the trouble is with objects that are near or far, the resulting blurred vision can cause visual impairment at any age. While refractive errors cannot be prevented, they can be treated — starting with an eye…

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Safe Water in Malawi

The natural dissipation of continuous, pure water disrupts more than just an everyday routine. In Malawi, when one village’s main river began to dry up, mothers and children were forced to spend hours every day searching for water and the entire community experienced a decline in safety, good hygiene and well-being. TOMS Roasting Co. partners with Water For People to provide sanitary water and education in the countries from where we source our beans. After working with Water For People, several villages in Malawi have the support they need for sustained access to safe water, and the tools and knowledge…

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Introducing TOMS Giving Partner Children International

This season, we’re taking you on a journey with us through Guatemala. Last spring, a TOMS team of employees headed into the field to explore, adventure and most of all, learn about the incredible work our Giving Partners in shoes, sight and water are doing every day to help improve communities and the lives of people who live in them. Today, we’d like for you to meet Children International, a Shoe Giving Partner in Guatemala. Children International began working in Guatemala in 1979. They currently serve the needs of nearly 340,000 impoverished children and youth worldwide, including more than 30,000 in…

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Fostering Empowerment in Sustainable Eye Care

Since the launch of TOMS Eyewear in 2011, we’ve been committed to investing in long-term solutions to eye care. That’s why our Sight Giving program invests in clinics and hospitals, as well as the people who work in them. With the help of Seva Foundation, our lead Sight Giving Partner, we support locally based organizations that train local residents to provide high quality, professional eye care. So it’s not just an investment in the clinics and hospitals; it’s an investment in the people who work in them. Each TOMS Eyewear purchase is carefully structured to contribute to restoring sight to a…

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Profiles in One for One: Africare gives Jungle new TOMS Shoes

Profiles in One for One: Africare gives Jungle new TOMS Shoes Name: Jungle Age: 16 Location: Malawi Giving Partner: Africare Sixteen-year-old Jungle lost both his parents before the age of eight. He regards his elder sister as his guardian, but he lives alone near his sister’s house because he does not want to burden her family. Jungle is a hustler in the best sense of the word. His grades got him accepted into secondary school, and a local church has promised to pay his fees. In addition to his schoolwork, Jungle does gardening, catches and sells fish, and performs in…

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Giving Partner Spotlight: Africare

In case you didn’t know, Africa is rising. Important measures like child mortality are improving dramatically, and economies are gaining momentum. TOMS Giving Partner Africare helps underserved African communities build the futures they want, and Africare and their partnering communities know educating the next generation is crucial to continued growth on the continent. By addressing the obstacles to education, Africare helps more children go to school and perform better. Community-based support systems to pay school fees mean Orphans and Vulnerable Children get a chance to go to school that they may not have had. Increased clean water access and improved…

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