The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

I read the most fascinating article this weekend by Mitch Albom in Parade magazine (you know, that magazine that comes with the Sunday paper).

It was about a 14 year old boy in Malawi named William Kamkwamba who built a windmill using discarded materials and only a book with pictures for a guide.

He was too poor to go to school and the people in his village thought he was a little crazy, but he knew what a windmill could mean for him and his family.

“A windmill could make electricity, electricity could pump water, and water could grow crops for his drought-plagued village.”

In three months he had built a windmill capable of lighting a lightbulb.  He built more windmills until finally he had one capable of supporting a water pump.

Today, he is 22 and the author of the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind with Bryan Mealor.

It’s an amazing story that should really serve to inspire us not only about what children are capable of doing but also what we – as adults – are capable of doing. We can provide encouragement to a child even if we think their goal is a little crazy or inconvenient. Just think of the possibilities.

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