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 >>
With six years’ experience at TOMS, Garett has just about all of TOMS’ short history under his belt. He’s a pretty cool guy who works on our Retail team, connecting with our amazing retail partners across the country. Garett’s also a talker; he loves sharing stories and ideas, so you can imagine how much fun it was hearing him recount learnings from Cambodia on his fifth Giving Trip.
“There’s a tangible difference between a person receiving shoes and a person having their eye sight restored, but what I saw [in Cambodia] tells me that [the emotions involved are] actually not that different,” he said. “Simple interventions can make a huge impact in a person’s life.”
When this story began, eleven-year-old Malita’s eyes did not align, causing them to focus on different objects and for her brain to receive two different messages.
Over the last six months, TOMS and our lead Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation, expanded Sight Giving efforts to 13 countries around the world. Four of those countries — Uganda, Tanzania, Egypt and Ethiopia — are in Africa, a continent where we’ve given shoes in multiple countries for more than six years.
With the opportunity to expand our joint Sight Giving efforts has come the chance to learn how eye care issues can vary based on location.