RE: His Entire Community and Even His Mom Thought He Was Crazy. But Then He Turned On The Lights.

William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind





Uploaded on Sep 23, 2009 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.

In 2002, Malawi was in the midst of one of its worst droughts. Fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba was suffering greatly from the crisis — his family was on the verge of starvation and they didn’t have enough money to send him to school.

As a result, William spent most of his free time at the U.S. government funded library, drawn to books about science. Because he couldn’t read English very well, he often picked up books containing pictures and diagrams.



























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