Tag Archives: Giving Partner

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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TOMS Winter Boot update: Providing Aid to Syrian Refugees

Here on the blog we’ve shared that over 4 million children have been affected by the Syrian civil war, which is now well into its third year. It has driven hundreds of thousands of families from their home country, leaving them without access to basic services like healthcare and education. This leaves many of them unprepared for the cold winter months. TOMS Giving Partners Save the Children and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have been hard at work aiding children living in Iraq, Lebanon and the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Mafraq, Jordan. Za’atari is the fourth-most populous place in Jordan…

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With a Father’s Sight Restored, a Family Rejoices

Name: Habibur Age: 40 Country: Bangladesh Sight Giving Partner: Quasem Foundation, Marium Eye Hospital In 2010, Habibur, a worker at a biscuit production factory in Bangladesh, began losing sight in his right eye due to cataract. By 2012, he also lost sight in his other eye, causing him to be bilaterally blind. Unable to see and perform his work every day, Habibur eventually lost his job, causing his family’s household income to suffer. As a result, his wife could no longer tend to the children and returned to work as a housemaid so she could support the family. After receiving a TOMS-supported cataract surgery…

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Helping Provide Aid to Syrian Refugees

Over 4 million children have been affected by the conflict in Syria, which is now well into its third year. Nearly 3 million of these children and their families had to flee their homes, leaving them without access to basic services like healthcare and education. They have lost their homes, and many are living in makeshift shelters or refugee camps in neighboring countries including Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. This leaves many of them unprepared for the cold winter months. We know that today our community is counting on us to go beyond giving and to really make a…

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Allow Us to Introduce TOM. Her name is Swetha.

Raised in a small slum in Southern India, Swetha first came into contact with TOMS Giving Partner Magic Bus when she was 15. Magic Bus’ goals are to steer children out of poverty through its mentorship program, with the incredible goal of reaching 1 million children in by 2016. For the past two years, Swetha’s mentors have guided her through programs where TOMS Shoes are integrated, with a focus on nurturing her education and creating healthy behaviors and the confidence to lead a life that gives her an opportunity to rise from poverty. Magic Bus has seen incredible success rates, Magic Bus…

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Creating Community with TOMS distributions

We love this story about a recent U.S. shoe distribution with TOMS Shoe Giving Partner Convoy of Hope and were eager to share it with our TOMS community. In Mount Vernon, Convoy of Hope likes to activate as much of a community as possible around their programs benefitting children and families in need. A Convoy of Hope staffer tells us, “We challenge community organizations to get involved with one another — to get the police department, fire department, city council — multiple entities to help schools. We’re getting communities on the same page, working together.” That’s why TOMS was thrilled to receive pictures…

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Eight Ways We Give

We’re celebrating our 8th Birthday! This week we’ll be celebrating all things eight with a special look at the things that make TOMS unique. First up to honor in our celebration, eight years of Giving.  What began as a simple idea has evolved into a powerful business model helping address need, and also advance health, education and economic opportunity for children and their communities around the world. As we look back on these eight years, we would like to highlight eight countries that have had a hand in shaping our Giving story. Argentina This is where it all started. In 2006,…

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