The Starling Project was founded in 2015 with the mission of providing solar energy to communities in need around the world.
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. In its short life span, The Starling Project has proudly given over $200,000 to UNICEF for life-saving solar projects in Rwanda and Chad.
Sterling received UNICEF’s Champion for Children Award and the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama for her efforts.
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.
Light For Light
The Starling Project provides development of solar power systems in countries such as Rwanda by supporting 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
Solar for hospitals in Rwanda
Amount raised to date
Over $200,000 USD
Countries served to date
Rwanda & Chad
If you have ever witnessed a flock of starlings in flight, you likely stood in awe. Gathering, rising, spinning and pulsing, starlings represent the transformative power and energy each of us has when we come together.