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William Kamkwamba

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William Kamkwamba was born August 5, 1987 in Malawi, and grew up on his family farm in Wimbe, two and half hours northeast of Malawi’s capital city. William was educated at Wimbe Primary School, completing 8th grade and was then accepted to secondary school. Due to severe famine in 2001-2002, his family lacked funds to pay $80 in school fees and William was forced to drop out in his freshman year. For five years he was unable to go to school. Rather than accept his fate, William borrowed books from a small community lending library, including an American textbook Using Energy, which depicted a wind turbine. He decided to build a windmill to power his family’s home. First he built a prototype, then his initial 5-meter windmill out of a broke ...more

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In 2008, I co-founded the Moving Windmills Project to inspire innovative solutions to African problems in Kasungu, Malawi. Thanks to support from around the world, we've accomplished so much in Wimbe and beyond. Moving Windmills’ current and recent projects range from a comprehensive plan to empower Malawians in the Kasungu province, (2 hours north of the capital city) with access to solar-powered

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Apologies for my silence

I would like to start off by apologizing for my prolonged silence. For the past two years, I have been completing my studies here in the US at Dartmou Read more of this blog post »
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“I try, and I made it!”
William Kamkwamba, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

“I went to sleep dreaming of Malawi, and all the things made possible when your dreams are powered by your heart.”
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“Thinking of them reminds me of a quote I read recently from the great Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. that says, "If you can't fly, run; if you can't run, walk; if you can't walk, crawl." We must encourage those still struggling to keep moving forward.”
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