At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life. To power his family's home, young William Kamkwamba built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap -- starting him on a surprising journey detailed in the new book, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind."
At 14, William Kamkwamba designed and built a windmill using scrap metal that brought electricity and water to his home in a Malawian village. The attention his project garnered has inspired projects across Malawi. His story was chronicled in the 2013 SXSW award-winning film, William and the Windmill. Read more: Brandon Stanton | TIME 30 Under 30: World Changers | TIME.com http://ideas.time.com/2013/12/06/these-are-the-30-people-under-30-changing-the-world/#ixzz2myDhkf3G
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition by William Kamkwamba is about a boy recycling old metal and bicycle parts to build a windmill to save his village from a drought. http://www.amazon.com/dp/0803740808/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_xybMvb1J59RDN.
Meet the extraordinary William Kamkwamba. At 14 years old, William built windmills from scratch to power his house and irrigate their fields. When he was told he could no longer continue school, he kept reading and from there learned how to build windmills using diagrams. "We skip the problem by creating our own solutions." William Kamkwamba http://www.thextraordinary.org/william-kamkwamba