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William Kamkwamba was born in1987 in Dowa, Malawi, and grew up on his family farm in Masitala Village, Wimbe, two and half hours northeast of Malawi's capital city. The second eldest of seven children, William has six sisters. He currently lives in Malawi but has been sponsored to study at international schools and colleges in Cambridge, UK and Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2014, William Kamkwamba received his 4 year degree at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
This is the remarkable story of an African teenager who, by courage, ingenuity, and determination, defeated the odds. Born in 1987 in a drought-ravaged Malawi where hope and opportunity were hard to find, Kamkwamba read about windmills in a library book and dreamed of building one that would bring electricity to his village and improve the lives of his family. At the age of 14, Kamkwamba had to drop out of school and help his family forage for food, but he never let go of his dream. Over a period of several months, using scrap metal, tractor, and bicycle parts, the resourceful young man built a crude yet operable windmill that eventually powered four lights. Soon reports of his "electric wind" project spread beyond the borders of his village, earning him international recognition and, with the help of mentors worldwide, he now attends a high school in South Africa. Verdict Demonstrating the power of imagination, libraries, and books, Kamkwamba's heartwarming memoir, with Mealer's (All Things Must Fight To Live: Stories of War and Deliverance in Congo) contribution, is sure to inspire all readers. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/09.]-Eva Lautemann, Georgia Perimeter Coll., Clarkston Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
`THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND is the inspiring story of a young man in Africa who used the only resources available to him to build a windmill and elevate the lives and spirits of those in his community. William Kamkwamba's achievements with wind energy should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story.' Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Laureate `A moving, touching, important story. One more reminder of...how powerful the human spirit can be.' Seth Godin, author `One of the best books I have ever read.' Mark Frauenfelder, boingboing.net "William is one of the bright young stars of the future and serves as an inspiration for other young people who want to know what they can do to help." Bishop Desmond Tutu