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... read more
Young William Kamkwamba lives in a small impoverished village in Malawi. This autobiography tells how William and his family struggles through the famine of the early 2000's and how that spurs William to improve their lives by building a windmill. William overcomes challenges including lack... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Young William Kamkwamba lives in a small impoverished village in Malawi. This autobiography tells how William and his family struggles through the famine of the early 2000's and how that spurs William to improve their lives by building a windmill. William overcomes challenges including lack of education, hunger, poverty and basic English literacy through creativity, tenacity and innate intelligence. As William's first windmill gains notoriety he makes the best of the opportunities afforded him to better himself and his community.
This is a well written and inspiring story! By the end of the book you feel you know William and are thrilled by how he's used his talents and connects to improve the world.
“"I try, and I made it."”William
“What makes this truck move? How does your engine work? But no one could tell me. They'd just smile and shake their heads. Really, how can you drive a truck and not know how it works?”
“How did they put sound on that? (cds) "Who cares?" most people would answer.”
“Every time Gilbert and I had visited the library, Geoffrey was too busy working the fields. He hadn't bee that interested in going anyway. "We're headed to the library," we'd say. "Wanna go?" "Go ahead," he'd answer. "Waste you time." But now, when I told him my idea of building a windmill that would produce power--and then showed him what I'd built so far--he saw thing differently. "Cool! Where did you get such an idea?" "The library."”William and Gilbert
“I can't tell you how exciting I though this was. Even if the words sometimes confused me, the concepts that were illustrated in the drawings were clear and real in my mind. The various symbols--those for positive and negative, dry cells and switches in a curtuit, and arrows indicating direction of current-- made perfect sense and needed no explanation. And through them, I was able to grasp principles like magnetism and induction and the differences between AC and DC. It was as if my brain had long ago made a place for these symbols, and once I discovered them in these books, they snapped right into place. I kept this book for a month and studied it daily, most often while ignoring my independent studies. It was like delicious food.”William Kamkwamba
“No matter how foreign and lonely the world was outside, the books always reminded me of home, sitting under the mango tree.”William Kamkwamba
“I went to sleep dreaming of Malawi, and all the things made possible when your dreams are powered by your heart.”William Kamkwamba
“If you want to make it, all your have to do is try.”William Kamkwamba
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Children everywhere have similar ways of entertaining themselves. If you look at it this way, the world isn’t so big.Highlighted by 107 Kindle customers
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Few people realize this, but cutting down the trees is one of the things that keeps us Malawians poor. Without the trees, the rains turn to floods and wash away the soil and its minerals.Highlighted by 101 Kindle customers
I went to sleep dreaming of Malawi, and all the things made possible when your dreams are powered by your heart.Highlighted by 100 Kindle customers
“When planning misfortune for your friends,” he said, “be careful because it will come back to haunt you. You must always wish others well.”Highlighted by 100 Kindle customers
My fellow students and I talk about creating a new kind of Africa, a place of leaders instead of victims, a home of innovation rather than charity.Highlighted by 83 Kindle customers
Whatever you want to do, if you do it with all your heart, it will happen.”Highlighted by 69 Kindle customers
But whatever it was I decided to do, I would apply this one lesson I’d learned: If you want to make it, all you have to do is try.Highlighted by 67 Kindle customers
I knew witches and wizards were allergic to money because the presence of cash is like a rival evil.Highlighted by 38 Kindle customers
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