India: TOMS Shoes

Shoes distributed at this school in Bangalore are manufactured in India. Humanitarian photography.

Shoes distributed at this school in Bangalore are manufactured in India.

These TOMS shoes are different from what you might expect. That's because TOMS gets input from their giving partners as to shoe design needs and meeting local school uniform requirements. Humanitarian photography.

These TOMS shoes are different from what you might expect. That’s because TOMS gets input from their giving partners as to shoe design and meeting local school uniform requirements.

A pair of shoes can protect children from many kinds of diseases and injuries.

A pair of shoes can protect children from many kinds of diseases and injuries.

A woman gets her vision checked at a rural clinic, part of the LV Prasad Eye Institute, a TOMS partner in India.

A woman gets her vision checked at a rural clinic, part of the LV Prasad Eye Institute, a TOMS partner in India.

Ayzh.com is a TOMS giving partner that produces birth kits and distributes them to pregnant women. The kits provide simple tools to help prevent infection during birth and reduce maternal and infant mortality.

Ayzh.com is a TOMS giving partner that produces birth kits and distributes them to pregnant women. The kits provide simple tools to help prevent infection during birth and reduce maternal and infant mortality.

Just last week Vivian and I were in India for TOMS shoes. It was a bit different assignment in that I mostly work directly with non-profits, but TOMS is a for-profit company that is doing some great work through its giving partners world wide.

If you’re not familiar with TOMS, their motto is “One for One.” For each shoe or other product you buy from TOMS, the company connects with non-profits in different countries (including the US) to provide shoes or several other services to those in need. See here: http://www.toms.com/improving-lives
In Bangalore, we documented the work of three of their giving partners, Magic Bus, Karuna Trust and Ayzh, distributing shoes for school children and providing birth kits for pregnant moms, respectively. In Hyderabad, we celebrated World Sight Day, following patients who were being treated for vision impairments at LV Prasad Eye Institute and at a couple of their rural clinics.
It’s always gratifying to witness children and adults receiving help that can often transform their lives. So, yes, this is a well-deserved plug for TOMS.
Go check out their page here: TOMS

All photos and text ©Copyright Gary S. Chapman 2015
(Nikon D750, 70-200mm f2.8 @200mm, 1/4000 sec, f2.8, ISO 560)
(Nikon D750, 24mm f1.4, 1/125 sec, f2.8, ISO 4000)
(Nikon D750, 24-70mm f2.8 @38mm, 1/4000 sec, f2.8, ISO 2800)
(Nikon D750, 50mm f1.4, 1/250 sec, f1.8, ISO 4000)
(Nikon D750, 24-70mm f2.8 @44mm, 1/125 sec, f2.8, ISO 4800)

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