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"It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness" - Youth-made candles to help refugee youth globally

One Small Candle

London, United Kingdom
Started by a group of HundrEDYouthAmbassadors from London, England this social enterprise raises money and awareness of child refugees globally.

"No one is too small to make a difference" Greta Thunberg

Jacob Bell, 14, founder of One Small Candle, London
“"We know we can make a difference to the world. We're doing it one small candle at a time." ”

Jacob Bell, 14, founder of One Small Candle, London

What we do?

We show young people around the world how to make and sell high-quality candles to raise money and awareness of refugee young people globally. 

We have 3 free, and simple to use, resources: 

1. An easy-to-follow instruction video of how to safely make and package high-quality naturally fragranced soy-wax candles

2. A full list of easy-to-source materials and equipment

3. A growing list of refugee charities to support globally

Why we do it?

We are kids doing this, to show adults how it is done. 

We know it's easy

We know it works

We know anyone can do it

We believe everyone should do it.   

Make a difference. One small candle at a time. 

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Innovation Overview
Target Group
1 200
2 058
Tips for implementation
Since 2017, Jacob Bell & friends have raised enough money to buy a delivery van taking food & clothing to refugees all over Europe. By making one candle at a time. They want other young people to use their free, easy to use resources to make quality candles themselves & help refugees globally.
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Download our step-by-step guide to making & selling candles
This video guide contains all the information you need to make and sell good quality natural candles in your community.
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Download our easy-to-find materials & equipment list
A list of everything you'll need, is right here.
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Find a refugee charity to support in your area
Since 2017 we have supported London-based refugee charity Help us add to the list of charities and NGOs that you can support with candle-making in your communities around the world.
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