The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope By Kamkwamba, William, 1987- Book - 2009

This is the inspiring true story of a young man from a tiny village in the African country of Malawi. Grinding poverty, drought, and a culture which placed superstition far above science made schooling impossible and starvation likely; but at the age of 14, William discovers a science book in a tiny library of USA-donated books. It tells about windmills. Over the next several weeks he figures out how to build a windmill from an old bicycle, an electric truck fan, and PVC pipe. He uses this to provide electricity for his family's home. His next, larger windmill provides enough water to allow his family to irrigate crops and have two harvests a year. He becomes famous and gets a scholarship to high school. Along the way, he transforms his village and provides hope to other young people in Malawi.

You won’t find a better story about someone making something out of almost nothing.

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