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The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind.


Electric Wind

This is an incredible story, one that has the power to change the way we think of life, and what we are capable of.

William Kamkwamba, born in a village in Malawi, was 14 years old when he became fascinated with the idea of building a windmill after reading a book on energy at the library. The book was in English, which he knew very little of, so he taught himself just enough to work out the text.

The country was experiencing one of the worst famines and his family was in the grip of despair and poverty. He was not even enrolled in school at the time, because his family couldn't afford the $80 school fee.

William searched the scrap yards and found old tractor fans, shock absorbers, plastic pipe. He used pieces of his father's old bicycle and his mother's clothesline. People teased him and called him crazy, but he continued searching and tinkering.

And he built a windmill -- a crude machine that produced 12 volts and powered 4 lights. A second machine irrigated a family garden.

There is not even a word for windmills in his language. They call it "electric wind". Electricity is only enjoyed by only 2 percent of the population of Malawi.

People started showing up to power their cell phones. The family had for the first time, electricity and water. Journalists from all over the world eagerly covered the story.

This is a real life, modern day fairy tale. This video lets our hero William tell you in his now almost fluent English, his amazing story.

His story was a New York Times bestseller, published in 2009 "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind" written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, published by William Morrow. In 2012 it was also released as a children's book, titled "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind: Young Readers Edition", published by Dial.

You can follow his story at: www.williamkamkwamba.typepad.com

This video was produced by Missing Pieces

I want to thank you for watching and add that I just post the videos to stimulate healthy debate. This posting is not meant to be indicative of my agreement or disagreement. I sincerely appreciate your opinions. Hope your having a great day. Peace, Michael

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FAIR USE Title 17 U.S.C. section 106A-117 of the U.S. Copyright Law: This video is fair use under U.S. copyright law because it is (1) noncommercial (2) educational purpose only (3) transformative in nature, and (4) does not compete with the original work or have any negative effect on its market. no monetary gain is realized by this reproduction

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  • Kanaeta#

    Kanaeta March 6, 2012 6:30:22 AM CET

    Nice upload

  • Swissbrit#

    Swissbrit March 5, 2012 11:05:38 PM CET

    Just wondering why it takes a boy to come up with such a logical result and that all these charity organisations take the cash but never give practical help or plans so people can help themselves!!!!!! OHHHHH silly me there is no money to be made from it.

  • Bdon1#

    Bdon1 March 4, 2012 9:48:14 PM CET

    an example for all to follow.not just there, but here too. it's far easier to escape the grid than they'd have you think. between simple windmills and solar cells. with the addition of our modern permanent magnets in generators, its now easier for us to do this for ourselves than it is working to pay and rely on the power company. charging a stack of car batteries to run a house is elementary electrics, excess power then used to break water through electrolysis giving us gas to heat a boiler, and so on...a couple weeks pay will buy you the hardware. a couple weeks time, you can have it installed up and online. there are simple plans than will allow every one of us to completely provide our own energy needs thanks William-thanks for posting-

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