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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Paperback – 2 Jan 2010
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‘THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND is the inspiring story of a young man in Africa who used the only resources available to him to build a windmill and elevate the lives and spirits of those in his community. 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
‘A moving, touching, important story. One more reminder of…how powerful the human spirit can be.’
Seth Godin, author
‘One of the best books I have ever read.’
Mark Frauenfelder, boingboing.net
“William is one of the bright young stars of the future and serves as an inspiration for other young people who want to know what they can do to help.” Bishop Desmond Tutu
About the Author
William Kamkwamba was born in1987 in Dowa, Malawi, and grew up on his family farm in Masitala Village, Wimbe, two and half hours northeast of Malawi's capital city. The second eldest of seven children, William has six sisters. He currently lives in Malawi but has been sponsored to study at international schools and colleges in Cambridge, UK and Johannesburg, South Africa.
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It has really moved me to the extent that I have bought it for my brothers and sisters to read for Christmas
Its not just a feel good story, it rings true to Africa and has struck the hard to find balance of genuineness and readability
The descriptions of the famine are in a rather understated way of someone for whom this was an everyday reality
I would recommend this particularly if you teach Physics
I think this is one of the best books I have read for a few years
Not only did I gain enormous respect for William as a person, but he inspired me to get off my rear, buy a small portable solar panel that doesn't require wiring into the mains, and just make some kind of start at living 'off grid' not because I have to, but merely in honour of the author and because I can do so at the click of a button. Turns out another looming energy price hike justified the outlay, an added bonus!
But this book's lesson runs much deeper - Africa is not a black hole of hope, but is our teacher. We need to relearn the basics and ask ourselves to look again at the way we live, and at how we use resources. We have forgotten how to take care of ourselves, and how to take responsibility and stop blaming others. William had no such luxury supporting him, he had absolutely nothing but the waste tip down the road and what he taught himself, and he just quietly got on with the job. So if this story inspires you too, and if you have any school textbooks going spare, send them to Malawi where books are prized beyond measure and kids LOVE to attend classes, with or without school buildings, because they can and because they love to learn!
William Kamkwanba tells a deeply honest account of his experiments to make a windmill to supply electricity to his home.
The difference in providing light to enable reading and education should not be underestimated. School fees are beyond the reach of so many families, but study can be continued at home if there is light to read by, and then manuals on treatment of sewerage, manufacture of solar panels and many other subjects of engineering and science become available to communities.
Everyone should read this book, we are all far wealthier in Britain than we can possibly imagine. I have already bought and distributed four copies of the book and shall probably be purchasing more of them.
A moving, compelling account of how one boy overcame incredible odds and transformed his life.
If you're facing difficulties yourself and want inspiration for just how resilient the human spirit can be, this is the perfect book.
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