Category Archives: Giving

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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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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