William Kamkwamba, co-author (along with Bryan Mealer) of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, like the other children in Malawi, Africa, grew up entrenched in poverty and surrounded by disease. His family, poor farmers by trade, could barely afford enough food for one meal a day, let alone spend the $80 annual school tuition. Not allowing himself or his dreams to be crushed, William spent his free time reading books from a local library to try and overcome his lack of education. Eventually he stumbled across a book about electricity and was particularly intrigued by a section on energy provided by windmills.
Inspired by his dream of providing a better life for himself and his family, William set out to build a small windmill to supply electricity to power tiny light bulbs and a radio. As word of his ingenuity spread, however, William achieved much greater things. His amazing achievements have led him to be featured in the Wall Street Journal and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and he is currently enrolled at Dartmouth College.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is an inspirational story that shows not only the potential of renewable energy, but also what can be accomplished when a person truly puts their heart and soul into something. William is a shining role model and source of inspiration for his generation.
Praise for The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind:
“William Kamkwamba’s achievements with wind energy should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story.”—Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate
“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is a stunning narrative, a description of persistence and accomplishment told matter-of-factly…of greater worth is the humbling and inspiring example of intuition, inventiveness and determination that fuel Kamkwamba’s journey.”—Denver Post
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