Noah Kanda

Noah Kanda

  • Bachelors of Education, University of Nairobi, graduated 2011
  • Conservation Project: Tree nursery to help prevent soil erosion and provide water catchment areas
  • Tuturung Village
  • Mentor: Catherine Kaimenyi

Noah’s childhood was disrupted by tribal clashes. He says that the hardship he went through created a drive in him of wanting to unite his peers into a youth group, and come up with ways in which they can be self-reliant and also help their community.


Noah was inspired by Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner for her Greenbelt Movement. Noah’s project to combat deforestation in Tuturung, Marakwet District resulted in 2 tree nurseries being established in his community.  Five of his community group members planted 1000 seedlings in their homesteads. A total of KSH10, 000 ($125) was earned from the sale of seedlings. The money was mostly used to expand the tree nurseries and have the proceeds raise income for the management of the group’s activities.  Members of the group were also involved in a water project that provided water to 20 homesteads plus the nursery beds.  From 2007 to 2012, the average monthly income of the community group membersincreased from Kshs 3000 ($38) each to Kshs. 5000 ($63) and the additional money was used primarily for ploughing back into the project. Group members are currently building a restaurant to serve as a platform for environmental forums. “My vision is to accomplish my higher learning and give back to the community that is suffering from a lot of problems ranging from poor infrastructure, poverty, to poor health conditions…”



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