Edna » 8am - Feb 24, 2012
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...
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