Category Archives: Giving

Women’s Economic Empowerment: The Water Sellers of Rwanda

Women are disproportionately affected by the lack of water and sanitation and get the greatest improvement to their quality of life from having them – more convenience for cooking and cleaning, more safety and personal health, and fewer sick children to nurse and worry over. They very often get something else, too: a chance to grow into a position of leadership and economic power within their communities and families. With 173 new jobs added in 2013, most of them held by women, that is what is happening in Water For People’s Rwanda Country Program. Water For People partners with national…

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Reaching Milestones in Local Manufacturing

Reaching Milestones in Local Manufacturing  In 2013, we made a commitment to do more than give shoes and help restore sight. To help create and support jobs in regions where we give, TOMS committed to producing 1/3 of our Giving Shoes in regions where we give them by 2015. By producing more shoes locally, we create and support jobs in places where they are needed most. TOMS Giving Shoes are now produced in six countries: Argentina, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, India and Kenya. And in the last few months, we’ve hit some major milestones: At our Kenya manufacturing facility, the team recently announced…

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Giving Trip Journal- Evita

Evita is a member of the TOMS Giving team, focusing on our Giving Partners in Africa. In March 2014, Evita had the opportunity to visit Children International’s programming in the Dominican Republic on a TOMS Giving Trip. Here, she shares her story from the field… TOMS Giving Trips are a unique and exciting experience at TOMS. TOMS Giving Partners like Children International work hard year-round to distribute shoes as part of their community development programs. Giving Trips provide TOMS employees and contest winners the chance to visit our partners in the fieldnd help them give new shoes to children in…

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Economic Opportunity: A Bangladeshi Barber Returns to Work

For 42-year-old Sujon Mia in Bangladesh, a TOMS-supported cataract surgery from Sight Giving Partner Marium Eye Hospital meant he could return to his work as a barber to support his family of four. Below, Sujon shares his story: About one year ago, I found that I was having problem in both my eyes. I was feeling uncomfortable to see clearly from a long distance. So, I took an immediate treatment from [a local hospital]. But it was not useful so, recently I started losing sight of both my eyes. Therefore, I came for a checkup to an eye camp of…

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Restoring Sight to a Female Community Health Worker

In the Kapilvastu District of Nepal, Basmati Mishra works as a community health volunteer. In her job, she visits villages in the district daily, engaging her community through government health programs like immunizations, vitamin distributions, maternal health and other related programs. In addition to providing basic health services, Basmati had also been trained in basic eye health, becoming familiar with the symptoms of vision loss and cataract. This proved to be incredibly helpful when Basmati began to notice her visual acuity was slowly diminishing, and she could no longer do her job as well. Basmati learned of an eye camp…

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Profiles in One for One Safe Water

Name: Cristina Age: 15 years old Location: Santa Cruz del Quiche, Guatemala Type of water project: Gravity-fed water system with pump For 15-year-old Cristina, water has always been a precious commodity in her home. Since she was a little girl, her parents would purchase water for household use, and ration it out because it was a major expense for her family. At 5 Quetzales (the Guatemalan currency) per jug, her parents would often have to buy four or five jugs per day just to support their family of 11. “We use the water to cook, wash clothing and for personal…

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In Ethiopia, a Mother and her Family Celebrate Sight

Imagine opening your eyes finding everything blurry. For Ansha Ali — a 65-year-old mother of five and grandmother to 17 in Ethiopia — and others that suffer from visual impairment, the loss of vision can be devastating, preventing them from taking part in daily activities like work, school or tending to a home. Ansha began to lose her vision over two years ago, before becoming totally blind in both eyes due to cataract. “When I lost my sight [in] both of my eyes, I was very depressed…because I thought the life of a blind and old woman is worthless,” Ansha explained….

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Education and the Importance of Sight

Dr. Corey Hodes is a Los Angeles-based optometrist working with TOMS Sight Giving Partner Helen Keller International’s ChildSight program. We’re excited to have Dr. Hodes share his story with you as a ChildSight® optometrist and why vision is so important for a child’s future in education. Vision is the most important aspect in learning and education. But each year in the United States, two million children suffer from uncorrected refractive errors. Without glasses, these children struggle in school because they are unable to clearly focus on the white-board, reading material, classroom lectures or homework assignments. A simple pair of prescription…

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Guest Post- Christy from Children International

If you can’t tell, we’re huge fans of our friends over at Children International. A TOMS Giving Partner since 2012, Children International works with TOMS in nine countries around the globe. Children International works in 20 countries around the globe helping children escape the traps of poverty. Children International helps children become healthy, educated and self-reliant. The organization provides its most comprehensive programs through community centers – safe spaces with constructive activities and caring adults. Christy (pictured below, on the left) serves as a liaison between Children International and TOMS.  Every time I go to the field, I come away…

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