Let's start with soccer.
Soccer is the world's sport.
The rules are simple, the equipment cheap, and you can play anywhere, anytime. It's not hard to understand then, why children, especially those in developing countries, love the sport so much. It's an escape from circumstance, a foundation for friendship, and a vehicle for joy.
We want to be a part of that.
It is our desire to have a product that stands for something greater, that tells a unique story and has an impact that lasts beyond its temporary relevance. This is why each candle sold helps us deliver brand new soccer balls to the children living in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. It's also one reason our candles have two wicks, an inspiring visual reminder of all the good we can do together. We hope every time you burn one of our candles, you are reminded of the joy taking place half way around the world. We hope it inspires your actions and shapes your conversations throughout the day. To read more about Kibera, what led us there, and how candles became the catalyst for our organization scroll down.
The Kibera Project
My name is Stuart Denton and in the summer of 2012 I traveled to Kibera, the largest slum in Africa knowing exactly what soccer meant to the children living there. I had brought 70 new soccer balls to pass out to kids living in the slum but ended up donating most to a man there known as "Coach Collins". Collins serves as a mentor to many of the children living in this area, swaying them from trouble and providing them with a healthy outlet in soccer. It was through these practices and tournaments that I saw how profound something like a simple game of soccer can be.
I began pouring my own candles while working for a warehouse that supplied P.F. Chang's restaurants with the candles used on their tables. The warehouse had an extra supply of wax and allowed me to take it home to experiment with making my own.
I've always admired the work of other non-profits and it occurred to me after countless hours of learning how to make a candle that I could sell it and use the funds to help a community I love.
Candles that Care is the continuation of a promise I personally made to return with more soccer balls and a promise we continually make as an organization to be mindful of other opportunities like this one in Kibera.