Category Archives: Giving

A Giving Account Specialist’s Visit to Ethiopia

As we head into One Day Without Shoes, we’d like for you to meet Natasha, a Giving Account Specialist and Trip Lead. She has the unique job of leading trips in the field for TOMS employees to visit our Giving Partners and also manage our Giving accounts in Ethiopia. Natasha recently returned from a field visit to Ethiopia, where she had the opportunity to learn more about podoconiosis, a debilitating disease that is completely preventable and treatable by wearing shoes. Here, she shares her experience… The capital of Ethiopia is Addis Ababa, which means “new flower” in Amharic. It’s the…

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Giving Shoes with REAP: An Impact Study

As our Shoe Giving has grown, so has the opportunity and desire to learn more about the impacts we’re having on those that have received new TOMS through our Giving Partners. Recently, some members of the Giving Team had the opportunity to visit the Rural Education Action Program (REAP), an evaluation organization at Stanford University that aims to inform education, health and nutrition policy in China. REAP is carrying out a research study in China to learn if TOMS Shoes can be used as an incentive for eye care, more specifically for the treatment of lazy eye. While the treatment…

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Get to Know Cate at Partners In Health, Haiti

While on our trip to Haiti, we met some incredible people on the adventure. Haitian locals and expats alike all had a strong affinity for the culture, country and helping improve the lives of themselves around them since the devastating earthquake in 2010. One of these wonderful people was Cate, the senior program officer in Haiti for TOMS Giving Partner, Partners In Health. Cate has been living in Haiti for the last eight years with PIH — and is currently working on their Ebola response in Liberia! In Haiti, she works on everything from earthquake disaster relief to TOMS shoe distributions….

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Maria’s Safe Water Story

“With a bathroom in our home, our lives have completely changed,” Maria Terrones shares with a shine in her eyes. With the help of Water For People, Maria and her family decided to build a bathroom in their home, and stop using a latrine. With the decision, comes not only a decision to improve their access to safe water, but also the opportunity to improve she and her family’s health and sanitation practices. The decision came after a 2012 visit from Water For People where Maria and her family learned of hygiene practices like proper hand washing, boiling water before…

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How You Can Help Nepal

Our hearts are heavy for those affected by Saturday’s devastating 7.8 earthquake in Nepal. The earthquake has already taken the lives of over 4,000 people, with the death toll expected to continue to rise. The destruction is overwhelming, as aftershocks continue to hinder aid efforts. Nepal is a country of deep significance to TOMS, where we’ve been helping restore sight since the launch of TOMS Eyewear in 2011. With our first Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation, we’ve developed strong relationships and personal ties to this beautiful country. We are relieved to confirm that our friends at Seva Nepal are all…

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Gaining Perspective on a TOMS Sight Giving Trip

A TOMS Giving Trip is a unique experience. We invite TOMS employees and community members to visit our Giving Partners for a week. Those travelers help distribute shoes and visit Sight Giving clinics to children in the communities our Partners serve. They also experience and learn about both the TOMS Giving models and the wider world of international development. And they’re full of incredible opportunity, as Ashley — a TOMS employee on our Social Innovation team — shares here… It was a hectic Saturday morning for the staff of Visualiza. Location identified, volunteers recruited and word spread. All that was…

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Giving Partner Interview with Coprodeli in Peru

Coprodeli is an amazing organization that provides education, housing, health care, food security, job training and more to families living in some of the most impoverished communities in Peru. In 2010, Coprodeli began giving TOMS Shoes in combination with their other services. We sat down with Coprodeli to talk about the difference being made by giving shoes to children in need. And here’s what they had to say: Tell us about your education program. We feel that education is so important, especially in Peru. Peru has one of the worst education systems in all of Latin America. Coprodeli has 16…

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Giving Trip Journal: Bill visits Coprodeli

A TOMS Giving Trip is a unique experience. We invite TOMS employees and community members to visit our Giving Partners for a week. Those travelers help distribute shoes to children in the communities our Partners serve. They also experience and learn about both the TOMS Giving models and the wider world of international development. And they’re hard work, as Bill — a TOMS employee in Wholesale — shares here… I have been selling shoes my entire adult life; first at retail, and now at wholesale. The net result is a few decades of building knowledge in this field, establishing industry…

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TOMS Giving in the United States

The United States isn’t only a place we call home; it’s also where our customers’ purchases are bringing opportunity to children in need. And we couldn’t be more excited to share our story with you. Working closely with our Giving Partners here in the United States, we’ve expanded our giving to meet the needs of children all over the country. TOMS has been giving in the U.S. on a small scale since 2009. We’ve spent the last few years testing and adapting our U.S. Giving strategy so we could responsibly launch a sustainable, large-scale Giving effort. And with so much…

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