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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

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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, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his life and the lives of those around him. His neighbors may have mocked him and called him misala—crazy—but William was determined to show them what a little grit and ingenuity could do.

Enchanted by the workings of electricity as a boy, William had a goal to study science in Malawi's top boarding schools. But in 2002, his country was stricken with a famine that left his family's farm devastated and his parents destitute. Unable to pay the eighty-dollar-a-year tuition for his education, William was forced to drop out and help his family forage for food as thousands across the country starved and died.

Yet William refused to let go of his dreams. With nothing more than a fistful of cornmeal in his stomach, a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks, and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to bring his family a set of luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford and what the West considers a necessity—electricity and running water. Using scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves, William forged a crude yet operable windmill, an unlikely contraption and small miracle that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire. A second machine turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine that loomed with every season.

Soon, news of William's magetsi a mphepo—his "electric wind"—spread beyond the borders of his home, and the boy who was once called crazy became an inspiration to those around the world.

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

Synopsis:

One of the coauthors tells his engaging and inspiring true story of hope, tenacity, and imagination, in which as an African teenager he built a windmill from scraps, creating electricity for his village-and a better life for himself and his family. 100,000 first printing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061937729
Subtitle:
Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope
Publisher:
William Morrow
Author:
William Kamkwamba
Author:
Bryan Mealer
Author:
Mealer, Bryan
Author:
Kamkwamba, William
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Kamkwamba, William
Subject:
Inventors - Malawi
Subject:
Africa-Southern Africa
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
World History-Africa
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090929
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
273

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Science and Technology
Engineering » Engineering » Power Resources » Alternative and Renewable
Engineering » Engineering » Power Resources » Electrical
Engineering » Environmental Engineering » Water Supply
Engineering » Mechanical Engineering » General
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » Environment

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Product details 273 pages HarperCollins - English 9780061937729 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , One of the coauthors tells his engaging and inspiring true story of hope, tenacity, and imagination, in which as an African teenager he built a windmill from scraps, creating electricity for his village-and a better life for himself and his family. 100,000 first printing.
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