William Kamkwamba is a Malawian teenager who transformed his village by building electric windmills out of junk. Riding the wave of international acclaim, Kamkwamba has written a book and on March 3rd he visited the UK to tell his story on World Book Day.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, published on World Book Day, tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary boy, self-taught and driven, who has made a tangible difference to an entire nation.
Kamkwamba’s brainwave was born in 2002, when he built a windmill to power electrical appliances in his family's house in Masitala using blue gum trees, bicycle parts, and materials collected in a local scrapyard. Since then, he has built a solar-powered water pump that supplies drinking water to his village and two other windmills.
Kamkwamba has been feted by climate change campaigners like Al Gore and business leaders the world over and has been flown to conferences around the globe to recount his life-story. The home-grown hero aims to finish bringing power, not just to the rest of his village, but to all Malawians, only 2% of whom have electricity.
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