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 >>
Author/Giver/TOMS Employee: Vern
Location of Giving Trip: Lima (and surrounding areas), Peru
Host/Giving Partner: Buckner International
Today we visited an area called section # 6. The people who live here have built their homes on the side of the hills. The air is hot and the soil is very dry. There is very little annual rainfall. The luxury is running water, but it is not the case for all houses we see in the area. Many people have taken old boards, and tin to build a shelter to live in.
Melissa Kushner is the founder and Executive Director of goods for good, a nonprofit organization dedicated to economically empowering African communities to transform orphan care. When Melissa first founded goods for good, the organization provided materials and skills trainings to African community centers. Now goods for good is making those same community centers financially sustainable, by building community enterprises. The organization has been a TOMS Shoe Giving Partner since 2011, integrating new shoes as part of its community enterprises and school uniform distributions.
TOMS Haiti Artist Collective is a new initiative that came to life through a workshop (or atelye) in Haiti, where local artisans have a stable job using TOMS Shoes as canvas for their art.
We’re honored to have the opportunity to extend to this talented group of 30 artists, and we think, since the shoes are ready to be yours, you should get the chance to meet these folks, too!
Today, we extend a warm welcome to Rick Santos, President and CEO of IMA World Health, a TOMS Giving Partners and an organization that works to advance health and healing to vulnerable people around the world.
He’s provided leadership to large and complicated relief and development programs in the regions the organization serves. Here, he writes about how IMA and TOMS are working together to advance health in Haiti from the ground-up.