Special-edition, Congolese-inspired TOMS Shoes
We're teaming up with Giving Partner Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), an advocacy and grant-making organization founded by Ben Affleck, on two Congolese-inspired designs with an additional give. Read More >>
TOMS x charity: water - An Eyewer collaboration
TOMS and charity: water, an organization founded in 2006 (like TOMS!) that’s dedicated to to helping bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations, join forces for the first-ever TOMS Eyewear collab! Read More >>
Giving TOMS Shoes in the DRC
Founded by Ben Affleck in 2010, ECI is an advocacy and grant-making organization that works with and for the people of DRC, the third most populous country in Africa, and one that struggled under a cycle of violence for nearly 20 years – particularly in the east. Read More >>
In her green hospital gown, 6-year-old Sarose waits patiently beside her father for Dr. Salma KC Rai to post-operatively examine her eye.
Just a few weeks ago while she was playing, Sarose tripped and fell, hitting her left eye hard on a stick. Her eye has been red and swollen since, and after taking her to the local doctor in their village in India, Sarose’s father received the recommendation for an eye care specialist at the Lumbini Eye Care Institute in Nepal.
Their journey to the clinic was a long one. Sarose’s father packed a few belongings and boarded the bus with his daughter for the five-day trip across the border to Nepal. He took time off of work, though he knew it would affect the family’s income, but their trek ended successfully, arriving at Dr. Salma’s expert services for Sarose.
Now at Lumbini, the two greet Dr. Salma, who comes to remove Sarose’s bandage. Everything is healing well, but the doctor asks them to stay one more day to watch for any possible infections. The next day, the prognosis is good. As the doctor explains the follow-up care to her father, Sarose begins to smile and laugh once again. And as they leave the clinic, Sarose looks at Dr. Salma and waves a big goodbye.
With every pair of TOMS Eyewear you purchase, we help one visually impaired person regain his or her sight — by providing prescription glasses, medical treatment or a needed surgery. Sarose is one of thousands of individuals receiving sight-restoring treatment because of the services made possible by the One for One movement.
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