Tag Archives: Giving Partner

Meet Children International’s Dr. Contreras

While in Guatemala visiting with TOMS Giving Partner Children International, we had the opportunity to sit down with one of the local doctors serving CI’s community center. As part of CI’s holistic programming for children and their communities, the organization has an established medical facility that provides medical and dental check-ups to children in need. Read more from Dr. Contreras…  What was your life like growing up? Did you grow up in the local community? My childhood was in a home with both parents and a younger brother. I studied in a private school in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I grew up…

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The Games We Brought Back from Guatemala

Giving is hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun. On our recent trip to Guatemala, the children at the community center — run by TOMS Giving Partner Children International — were eager to show us some of their favorite games. Despite the language barrier, the games served as a great icebreaker (along with big smiles and laughs!) and made our day with the children especially fun. Our favorite game was called, quite simply, “Parachutes!” Yulissa, a Children International Program Assistant in Guatemala, explained that the goal of the game is to encourage teamwork and coordination to not let…

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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 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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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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