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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
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Aug 29, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, africa, nonfiction
Read from August 29 to September 12, 2010

This book tells the story of William Kamkwaba, a boy who built a windmill in his village in Malawi to power his family's home. Holy cow, this kid is amazing. He built this windmill basically on his own with a book from the library, written in English (which is a language he was still learning). AND he did this after being forced to drop out of school when his family lost nearly everything in a devastating famine. AND he built it almost entirely out of things he found and discarded items. His ingenuity and drive was beyond amazing. I hardly even understood his very basic descriptions of how electric current works and what a circuit breaker is, but he was able to understand it and BUILD A WORKING WINDMILL. An inspiring, amazing story.
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Kim Was he on the Daily Show sometime in the past?


Becky He was. I just watched the interview a few days ago and it was lovely. I think John Oliver also talked about him on The Bugle, comparing his own accomplishments at age 14 to William Kamkwamba's accomplishments.


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