The Starling Project was founded in 2015 with the mission of providing solar energy to communities in need around the world.

OUR FOUNDER

On her travels around the world with UNICEF, where she is a Director on the New York Board, Sterling McDavid has witnessed many humanitarian issues first hand. In countries such as Rwanda, Vietnam and Jamaica, Sterling has seen UNICEF saving lives.

Sterling founded The Starling Project in 2015 with the simple idea of creating candles that would engage people in a tangible way to help support solar energy for those in need. The idea is light for light. The hope is that each Starling Project customer will enjoy a quality candle while simultaneously knowing that he or she is helping someone in need abroad. In its short life span, The Starling Project has proudly given over $150,000 to UNICEF for life-saving solar projects in Chad and Rwanda.

Sterling received UNICEF’s Champion for Children Award and the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama for her efforts.

OUR PRODUCTS

The Starling Project candles are hand-poured in Brooklyn,  New York and are composed of soy wax, recycled glass, cotton wicks and ethically-sourced essential oils. Each candle burns for a minimum of 60 hours.

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Light For Light

The Starling Project provides development of solar power systems in countries such as Chad by supporting organizations like UNICEF through the sale of hand-poured candles made in Brooklyn, NY.

The World Energy Outlook 2016 shows nearly 1.2 billion people are without access to electricity, and more than 632 million people in sub-Saharan Africa (two-thirds of the population) live without electricity.

We believe all people have a right to a safe, healthy life. Sustainable, long-term solar power provides light, safety, health, education and so much more.

People without electricity worldwide

1.2 Billion

Current project

Solar for hospitals in Rwanda

Amount raised to date

Over $150,000 USD

Countries served to date

Chad & Rwanda

“Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity, and an environment that allows the world to thrive.”
— UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
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Why Starling

If you have ever witnessed a flock of starlings in flight, you likely stood in awe. Gathering, rising, spinning, pulsing and forever changing, starlings represent the transformative power and energy each of us has when we come together.