John and Patty Noel, long-time friends and supporters of Nyumbani, will be receiving honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees bestowed by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). The Noels, both alumni of UWSP, will receive their honorary degrees at this month’s spring commencement ceremony.
John and Patty have done amazing work with Nyumbani through their non-profit foundation, Make a Mark Foundation. Nyumbani Village has been significantly impacted by their selfless work. They have aided in Nyumbani’s sustainability goals through the creation of income generating projects through the planting and harvesting of 500 acre of Melia trees for sale and profit. This project, called Trees 4 Children, has become a core focus for the Village’s sustainability program and been supported through bi-annually consulting visits from UWSP staff and students. Each year 50 acres of Melia trees, a drought and termite resistant tree that produces quality lumbar, are planted in Nyumbani Village. Ten years after planting, the trees can be harvested for lumber, which will either be sold for profit or used in the Polytechnic’s woodworking workshop. It is an amazing project that combines business solutions with sustainability, a project that Nyumbani is very proud of.
The Noels have also been involved in the creation of Nyumbani Village’s new ecolodge, Kjer Guest House, designed to house guests and visitors during their stay and be completely environmentally sustainable.
Learn more by reading the article announcing John and Patty’s honorary degrees, which also has great background into the Noel’s philanthropic history and other projects.
Congratulations to John and Patty Noel on this huge accomplishment! Nyumbani is lucky to have such good friends and supporters!