William Kamkwamba * Prodigy child

Most inspiring 2009:

It has to be TED and their amazing stories, among them I have selected the story of, 14 year old William Kamkwamba, who decided to build a windmill to get electricity to his familys home in rural Malawi.

He simply went to the library, read up on the rudimentary workings on a electric generator, decided to improve on the design and then built the windmill with salvaged scrap parts, providing electricity for his family’s home. The power of human curiosity, willingness to learn, triumph of reason and dispersion of information.

This story resonates with everything that is good about humanity and our inherent power to overcome obstacles. Watch and learn !!!  

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WIKIPEDIA – PROJECTS – William Kamkwamba  

After being forced to drop out of school due to his family not being able to afford the tuition (~80USD), he took up self-education by going to his village’s library. There, he found the bookUsing Energy and in it discovered a picture and explanation of windmills. He then decided to try and create the windmills he read about. After a few attempts, he was able to build a working model.

His story is told in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, written with journalist Bryan Mealer and published in 2009. Kamkwamba took part in the first event celebrating his particular type of ingenuity called Maker Faire Africa, in Ghana in August 2009. [2]

Kamkwamba is one of four recipients of the 2010 GO Ingenuity Award, a prize awarded by theSanta Monica based nonprofit GO Campaign to inventors, artists, and makers to promote the sharing of their innovations and skills with marginalized youth in developing nations. With the grant, Kamkwamba will hold workshops for youth in his home village, teaching them how to make windmills and repair water pumps, both of which proved to be transformative skills for this young African leader.  


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