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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 DoEnchanted By The Workings Of Electricity As A Boy, William Had A Goal To Study Science In Malawi S Top Boarding Schools But In , 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 DiedYet William Refused To Let Go Of His Dreams With Nothing 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 SeasonSoon, 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 WorldHere 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


10 thoughts on “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

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    William Kambkwambwa was always a curious child His curiosity about the workings of the world took a hit when his family was unable to afford to keep him in school But he tried to keep up, going to the library and reading everything he could He was particularly taken with books on science and on how things work In this engaging and uplifting story, the young inventor tells of his experience in Malawi constructing a working windmill from bits and pieces retrieved from junkyards, using a design based on a book he got from the library But the story goes well beyond his personal experience William Kambkwambwa image from kickstarterHe tells us about his community, a small village reliant on agriculture for sustenance and imperiled by the vagaries of nature and a corrupt government He introduces us to his family, his much admired father, his friends, the village chief, and offers a real feel for what life looks like in this part of the world There is a long section in which Kambkwamba reports the frightening details of when famine struck his village, how the families coped, or failed, how the government responded It is riveting material Also of considerable interest is the degree to which people in Malawi hold on to a belief in magic one would have thought had faded long ago William was at risk of being persecuted as a witch for his invention Some people were killed as the hungry sought a magical explanation for the lack of rain, and scapegoats were found That is as chilling as his tale of drought and desperation Chiwetel Ejiofor as Trywell Kamkwamba and Maxwell Simba as William from the Netflix filmIn the latter part of the book, the young inventor is finally discovered and we see some of his wonder as he is introduced to a much wider world and finally comes to gain a society of peers There can be no doubt that William Kambkwamba is a remarkable young man, and that he will continue to achieve great things, for himself, for his family, for his village, nation and for Africa This book should be counted among those achievements EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter, and Facebook pagesA film based on the book is available on Netflix as of March 1, 2019A kickstarter campaign to finance making of a documentary of William s life


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    I once listened to an interview with Sydney Poitier, in which he said that the people who ultimately sent a man to the moon played cricket on the open fields and beaches with sticks and stones They did not even know what a computer was as young children but they had the imagination to find their toys in the right places They made something from nothing.It is for this reason that I wanted to read this book of the young Malawian boy who made life better by using his intellect, despite being thrown out of school due to a lack of payment, and a devastating famine, which pushed their community to the ground and beyond He persisted with his dream to create electricity for his family and community And he did it A good inspiring read that made a difference to many lives Young people should read this, if they can get over their own me me me self entitlements The story speaks to the heart and highlight values that might be foreign to many young people nowadays.I felt so happy when I finished reading this book It gave me hope for the future.


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    I went to sleep dreaming of Malawi, and all the things made possible when your dreams are powered by your heart William Kamkwamba, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Creating Currents of Electricity and HopeI love this book But, I felt too much time was given over to the famine in Malawi and the superstitions of witchcraft, and not enough time to William The last 1 3 of the book was rushed as we learned about the windmill, and his accomplishments.


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    Finally good news.I can t begin to tell you what a joy to read this book was Every adult and every kid should read it except for those kids whose parents are not ok with them reading vivid descriptions of someone dying from gonorrhoea but even those kids should probably rebel against their parents and read it anyway.As any review will tell you The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is about a boy who did just that he built a windmill from junk using some second hand book about physics that was donated to his village library He then became one of the TED speakers and basically put Malawi on the map.Make no mistake, though This book is definitely not a boring account of how one makes electricity from trash although there are plenty of practical tips should you need them It s a vivid memoir, written in a simple but compelling way It starts, like any good African narrative with some ancestral tales and a little bit of magic William s first years are lived in the fuzzy area between science and magic His curiosity and ingenuity is obvious from the first chapters which describe the games he used to play with his friends and the little radio fixing business he set up with his cousin when they were just little boys It goes on to the painful part where William is forced to drop out from the secondary school after it barely started because his parents can t afford the fees This chapter is followed by a harrowing account of the famine in Malawi in 2001 I don t think I will forget it any time soon It starts out benignly enough the family decides to skip breakfast and have only two meals a day Pages later they can barely get up and all look like their own shadows As I mentioned in my review of Mindless Eating I do have this very unreasonable fear of dying from hunger and this chapter affected me deeply I still can t get over it One day I will probably forget all the intricacies of building a windmill but that vision of whole villages dying of hunger will stay to haunt me forever I remember reading this romantic novel The Bronze Horseman which turned out to be almost entirely forgettable except for those chapters dealing with the famine during the siege of Leningrad Even just thinking about this makes me hungry Despite all odds, William survives and thrives It s not only poverty he is up against, it s the children who still go to school who mock him for spending all his days at the scrapyard digging through trash and reading Using Physics Everyone thinks him a madman until he triumphs Now, this is what I call heart warming Not some bullshit stories about cats.


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    No skipping breakfast no dropping out of school With a windmill, we d finally release ourselves from the troubles of of darkness and hunger In Malawi, the wind was one of the few consistent things given to us by God, blowing in the treetops day and night A windmill meant than just power, it was freedom This story about a boy who grows up in poverty in the farming villages of Malawi, survives famine and diseases, drops out of grade school because of poor grades, and ends up becoming one of the world s inventors and later a college graduate, is uplifting Exceptional protagonist and I only use the word protagonist because this book was co written.The story about how William Kamkwamba discovers a way to give his house free electricity is fascinating his discovering the difference between alternating and direct current by flipping a bike upside down, pedaling, and stacking batteries from a radio and running a wire from batteries to bulb his collection of windmill pieces i.e shock absorbers, tractor fans in his bedroom, and how he educated himself through books like Explaining Physics, Integrated Science, and Using Energy Energy is all around you every day, it said Sometimes energy needs to be converted to another form before it is useful to us How can we convert forms of energy Kamkwamba came of age during controversial Malawian President Muluzi s administration, where the country s maize supply the main food staple was at an all time low allegedly due to the administration s corruption Yet, he was still determined, despite knowing that this energy project wasn t putting food on the table nor paying his tuition.It was this determination while in the midst of poverty and famine, this stubborn self education from used library books, as well as the people who supported him throughout the process, like the local African intellectual and historian who marched to the Ministry Of Education demanding that this young inventor be accepted back into school despite his grades and age , that were the highlights for me Reading a memoir co written by another is tricky though, because you re never too sure when you re actually hearing from the protagonist or the writer Did William Kamkwamba really want to utilize a few pages making generalizations of Africa or Malawi, or did he want to simply talk about the village that he loved Did he want chapter after chapter of brutal, descriptive, elaborate imagery of hunger and sickness or did he see hunger as smaller pockets in his larger narrative of human strife Did he want the information about how his knowledge of energy prompted him to drill his mother a well for drinking water, and assemble a solar powered pump for his father s field to only appear in one paragraph of the book We ll never know.Nonetheless, this is a book I would highly recommend for readers of inspirational non fiction, and one I really hope middle and high school teachers will adopt.


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    This book sat on my shelf for over a year mostly due to its unfortunate title It certainly sounded boring I only read it because it filled a challenge need I was delighted to find, though, that it was far from dull, and I can honestly say that it s become one of my new all time favorites It s one of those books I want to hand to all my friends and say, Read this You ll love it Although the book is certainly about Kamkwamba creating a way to generate electricity, that part of his story comes well past the midway point First readers get to enjoy African folk tales, which are followed by the harrowing story of William s life in famine stricken Malawi THEN comes the part about electricity It s very entertaining, interesting, and exceptionally well told The first person account is by turns moving, funny, horrifying, and, yes, inspiring I completely enjoyed it and highly recommend it, even to people who don t generally read non fiction.


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    This is one of the most inspiring books I ve ever read It s the true story of a Malawian teenager named William Kamkwamba When forced to drop out of school by poverty, he used library books to teach himself enough about electricity and engineering to construct a windmill and bring electricity to his family s farm His ingenuity, thirst for knowledge, perseverance and strength of character are truly inspiring The co author manages to write with transparent prose, allowing Kamkwamba s own voice to shine through.


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    I was surprised that the boy who harnessed the wind didn t get around to that wind harnessing until well into the second half of the book Prior to that, the book might have been titled Growing Up in a Small Village in Africa the first half of the book really is there to set the stage on the location, the people, and the situation What the reader will remember is the description of the famine that hit the author s country When the author finally gets around to his windmill, I was pleased to read the detail around how he thought about his project and how he was able to put the pieces together To me, that made the book worthwhile, seeing an example of someone being resourceful in his situation The ending of the book was a bit of a fish out of water story with the author presenting at a TED conference, but I was disappointed that the author s plans for using wind power to provide irrigation was covered in a measly page or less, and was accomplished not through his proven mechanical know how, but through donations from the West And using solar cells, not wind The author uses donations to provide power and water to his village it sounded like he chose for who and where he had projects done The last 10% of the book could have been called The Boy Who Harnessed the Wealthy Donor I hope Kamkwamba perseveres in his mechanical talent and avoids settling for the money his ingenuity can take him far.


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    A debate has been raging for years within that rarefied global community that earns its keep from the business of what we Americans call foreign aid Others, less afflicted by an aversion to international engagement, call the field overseas development assistance On one side are the advocates for large scale bilateral and multilateral aid, insisting that huge grants from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the U.S Agency for International Development, and their ilk are the only source of real hope for the many desperately poor nations of what is broadly, though incorrectly, called the Global South Asia, Africa, and Latin America The advocate in chief for this perspective is Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, who has argued that massive infusions of aid to the governments of the poorest nations can lift them out of poverty in short order In 2006, Sachs published his seminal book, The End of Poverty Economic Possibilities for Our Time, a work that provided the rationale for the Millennium Development Goals.Arrayed against Sachs and his colleagues are the born again critics of government to government aid, most noticeably William Easterly, a long time World Bank economist who came in from the cold in recent years to testify to the widespread failure of foreign aid His 2007 book, The White Man s Burden Why the West s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good, set off the debate between the two opposing camps.The gist of the difference between the two perspectives is simple One side insists that the problem of poverty is far too big to be addressed through anything other than large scale action carried out within each poor country on a national scale The other side contends that top down, nationwide development programs rarely work and that only solutions crafted at the grassroots and adopted by those who are most affected by them can bring about genuine social change.Though I ve read a number of other books taking one side or another in this debate, the work that has cast the most light on the topic is one that paid no attention whatsoever to foreign aid or economic development schemes, whether large or small It s an extraordinary, first person tale by a young man from Malawi entitled The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.William Kamkwamba, the narrator of this awe inspiring story, was a seventh grade dropout who mastered fundamental physics by reading an out of date English textbook in a local, three shelf library near his village and using his knowledge to construct a working windmill out of junkyard parts to generate electricity to irrigate his father s farm He was 14 years old.You can read news reports and even the most perceptive magazine articles about the challenges of development, but you won t get nearly as close to the essential truth of the challenge as you will from reading The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Kamkwamba s tale is unsparing of himself, his community, and his country Through his all seeing eyes, we witness the tragic consequences of the profound official corruption that held sway in Malawi for so many years after it gained its independence from Britain in 1964 We feel the unrelenting hunger he and his family experienced for months on end in the famine of 2001 2002 We see the darkness descend all around us as William is hounded by fearful villagers who can only explain his windmill as magical But, most of all, we observe the steady evolution of his brilliant young mind as he confronts one setback after another, and prevails over them all.If there is hope for Africa, as I firmly believe, it lies in the minds and hearts of William Kamkwamba and other young people whose innate genius is unlocked by the spread of education and opportunity for self expression at the grassroots There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of William Kamkwambas across Sub Saharan Africa And it will be a combination of top down aid to build schools, train teachers, and buy textbooks with the local action of countless NGOs, with both local and international support, that will provide them with the tools and the freedom to solve the problems that have held down their forebears for generations past I don t think genuine development thorough going social change will come any other way.