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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (P.S.)


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William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger. But William had read about windmills, and he dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village a set of luxuries that only 2 percent of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and running water. His neighbors called him misala—crazy—but William refused to let go of his dreams. With a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks; some scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves; and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to forge an unlikely contraption and small miracle that would change the lives around him.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. It will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.

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William Kamkwamba was a 2007 TED Global Fellow and a finalist for the Tech Museum Award. He is a student at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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ku1701, November 12, 2013 (view all comments by ku1701)
“I try, and I made it!” These are the words of William Kamkwamba, the misala (crazy) boy from the scrapyard. William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was a mystery. When famine hit his village, he was forced to drop out of school and eat only one meal a day. Although I go to a private school, I had always taken education for granted. This memoir gave me the realization of the importance having the privilege of having an education everyday.
The only thing the people in Malawi could think was “I have to eat”. Although I feel like that all of the time, it was nothing compared to the suffering in Malawi at the time. William was restricted to one meal a day, about five handfuls each time. When I go home, my happy family awaits and there would be enough food to feed the entire family. I was appalled as I read the description of the people William encountered; bellies, feet, and faces swelled with fluid like ticks filling with blood. Living on the opposite side of the world as Malawi, the news of these famines had only been news until I read this.
In the midst of the famine, William Kamkwamba was still yearning for an education; he started to go to the small local library, where he first read about windmills. He had the brilliant idea that using the magic of the windmill, he would be able to bring to his small village something only 2 percent of the population could enjoy: running water and electricity. William Kamkwamba only had a limited amount of resources, so he repeatedly searched the scrapyard for his materials. Not only did neighbors think he’s crazy, but even his own family start to doubt the “madman”. He continued to persevere and he ended up creating a windmill, bringing pride and joy to his village.
William Kamkwamba proved to us the strong will to never give up and to continue chasing dreams.
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Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
Kamkwamba, William
Mealer, Bryan
Gerber, Michael E.
William Morrow Paperbacks
Personal Memoirs
Kamkwamba, William
Inventors - Malawi
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