The Luminaria Project is an initiative that was born at the 2016 World Candle Congress when the organizing associations decided that part of the event’s income would be allocated to a social cause in the host city, where the congress would be celebrated, as a token of appreciation for opening their doors to the most important event for the candle industry worldwide.
Isabel Muench, executive director of ALAFAVE mentioned: “The luminarias were the lanterns that illuminated public spaces in the old times, before they were replaced by the electric service. The idea of bringing light in the dark and illuminating a new path symbolizes exactly our intention with these contributions that we make every three years”.
On this occasion, the organization Youth Empowerment Project, will be the beneficiary of this donation. Located in the metropolitan area of New Orleans, this organization has supported young people living in poverty, out of school or with traumatic experiences since 2004. “The donations have been focused on charities dedicated to the care of children or young people, the most vulnerable members of society and the leaders of the future.”
The WCC will contribute with $10 USD per each participant, plus the voluntary donations made by each of the attendees. It is estimated to raise over $5,000 dollars.
To conclude, Muench encourages the participants willing to donate additional contributions to communicate directly with any of the three organizing associations. “We are very happy to support this institution that does such a beautiful work for young people in their process of social reintegration. At ALAFAVE, we will always be in favor of supporting this type of causes”