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DOWNLOAD ⚛ The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope ⚛ William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery It was also a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his life and the lives of those around him His neighbors may have mocked him and called him misala crazy but William was determined to show them what a little grit and ingenuity could doEnchanted by the workings of electricity as a boy, William had a goal to study science in Malawi s top boarding schools But in , his country was stricken with a famine that left his family s farm devastated and his parents destitute Unable to pay the eighty dollar a year tuition for his education, William was forced to drop out and help his family forage for food as thousands across the country starved and diedYet William refused to let go of his dreams With nothing than a fistful of cornmeal in his stomach, a small pile of once forgotten science textbooks, and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to bring his family a set of luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford and what the West considers a necessity electricity and running water Using scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves, William forged a crude yet operable windmill, an unlikely contraption and small miracle that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire A second machine turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine that loomed with every seasonSoon, news of William s magetsi a mphepo his electric wind spread beyond the borders of his home, and the boy who was once called crazy became an inspiration to those around the worldHere is the remarkable story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual s ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him This is one of the most inspiring books I ve ever read It s the true story of a Malawian teenager named William Kamkwamba When forced to drop out of school by poverty, he used library books to teach himself enough about electricity and engineering to construct a windmill and bring electricity to his family s farm His ingenuity, thirst for knowledge, perseverance and strength of character are truly inspiring The co author manages to write with transparent prose, allowing Kamkwamba s own voice This is one of the most inspiring books I ve ever read It s the true story of a Malawian teenager named William Kamkwamba When forced to drop out of school by poverty, he used library books to teach himself enough about electricity and engineering to construct a windmill and bring electricity to his family s farm His ingenuity, thirst for knowledge, perseverance and strength of character are truly inspiring The co author manages to write with transparent prose, allowing Kamkwamba s own voice to shine through William Kambkwambwa was always a curious child His curiosity about the workings of the world took a hit when his family was unable to afford to keep him in school But he tried to keep up, going to the library and reading everything he could He was particularly taken with books on science and on how things work In this engaging and uplifting story, the young inventor tells of his experience in Malawi constructing a working windmill from bits and pieces retrieved from junkyards, using a design William Kambkwambwa was always a curious child His curiosity about the workings of the world took a hit when his family was unable to afford to keep him in school But he tried to keep up, going to the library and reading everything he could He was particularly taken with books on science and on how things work In this engaging and uplifting story, the young inventor tells of his experience in Malawi constructing a working windmill from bits and pieces retrieved from junkyards, using a design based on a book he got from the library But the story goes well beyond his personal experience William Kambkwambwa image from kickstarterHe tells us about his community, a small village reliant on agriculture for sustenance and imperiled by the vagaries of nature and a corrupt government He introduces us to his family, his much admired father, his friends, the village chief, and offers a real feel for what life looks like in this part of the world There is a long section in which Kambkwamba reports the frightening details of when famine struck his village, how the families coped, or failed, how the government responded It is riveting material Also of considerable interest is the degree to which people in Malawi hold on to a belief in magic one would have thought had faded long ago William was at risk of being persecuted as a witch for his invention Some people were killed as the hungry sought a magical explanation for the lack of rain, and scapegoats were found That is as chilling as his tale of drought and desperation Chiwetel Ejiofor as Trywell Kamkwamba and Maxwell Simba as William from the Netflix filmIn the latter part of the book, the young inventor is finally discovered and we see some of his wonder as he is introduced to a much wider world and finally comes to gain a society of peers There can be no doubt that William Kambkwamba is a remarkable young man, and that he will continue to achieve great things, for himself, for his family, for his village, nation and for Africa This book should be counted among those achievements EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter, and Facebook pagesA film based on the book is available on Netflix as of March 1, 2019A kickstarter campaign to finance making of a documentary of William s life I once listened to an interview with Sydney Poitier, in which he said that the people who ultimately sent a man to the moon played cricket on the open fields and beaches with sticks and stones They did not even know what a computer was as young children but they had the imagination to find their toys in the right places They made something from nothing.It is for this reason that I wanted to read this book of the young Malawian boy who made life better by using his intellect, despite being thro I once listened to an interview with Sydney Poitier, in which he said that the people who ultimately sent a man to the moon played cricket on the open fields and beaches with sticks and stones They did not even know what a computer was as young children but they had the imagination to find their toys in the right places They made something from nothing.It is for this reason that I wanted to read this book of the young Malawian boy who made life better by using his intellect, despite being thrown out of school due to a lack of payment, and a devastating famine, which pushed their community to the ground and beyond He persisted with his dream to create electricity for his family and community And he did it A good inspiring read that made a difference to many lives Young people should read this, if they can get over their own me me me self entitlements The story speaks to the heart and highlight values that might be foreign to many young people nowadays.I felt so happy when I finished reading this book It gave me hope for the future 2.5 This book presented me with quite a challenge I started out listening on audio, but had trouble understanding the narrator His accent is probably authentic yet his sing ding voice and rise in dramatically storytelling, sent me to the pages of print Luckily, I had that option.I found my enjoyment of the story varied I different sections I enjoyed learning of their culture, their storytelling tradition, but there was some information that I wish had been left out The famine was awful, it 2.5 This book presented me with quite a challenge I started out listening on audio, but had trouble understanding the narrator His accent is probably authentic yet his sing ding voice and rise in dramatically storytelling, sent me to the pages of print Luckily, I had that option.I found my enjoyment of the story varied I different sections I enjoyed learning of their culture, their storytelling tradition, but there was some information that I wish had been left out The famine was awful, it was difficult to read, but the part that included the demise of the dog, I am having a hard time getting it out of my head It s only a small part, so if I knew it was coming i could have skipped that section Unfortunately, it colored everything I went on to read from that point forward Silly I know, but something I was unable to conquer.The importance of libraries, where William checked out books that he used to learn how to build his windmill, was wonderful This young man s persistence and curiousity is beyond admirable Even with books I could not have done what he did I also loved his family who surrounded him with love and acceptance So, a rather mixed read for me, again I am glad though to have met William and glad he was able to tell his story