Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

This is the first windmill William Kamkwamba built when he was 14.
This is an AMAZING, inspiring story of a Malawian boy, William Kamkwamba, whose parents couldn't afford to send him to school, but whose thirst for knowledge is so insatiable that he taught himself English, how to read and through that, how to build a windmill so his family could have electricity. His story has moved me to tears. I have been to Malawi. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, but people like William know how important education is to alleviating some of that poverty.

Here is the Boing Boing story: http://www.boingboing.net/2011/02/08/the-boy-who-harnesse-1.html

Watch this short documentary on his story: http://missingpiecesvideo.com/kamkwamba/movingwindmillsFINALsubtitle.mov

1 comment:

Leah said...

wow. that story is amazing!