The Inspirational Windmill Boy
In the African country of Malawi, only 2% of people have electricity. It is a country stricken my poverty, and the residents are forced to leave very basic lifestyles, often relying on government intervention and charity aid. The situation became even worse after the drought in 2002, which killed thousands and left the Kamkwamba family starving.
A new book is being published called “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”. It’s an inspirational story about the extraordinary achievements of a Malawian teenager named William Kamkwamba; he single handedly brought electricity to his remote village of Masitala.
At the age of 14, William was forced to leave school. His parents were unable to afford the annual fee of £50 any longer, so he had to go back to work on the farm with his parents. Despite his prospects seeming dire, William continued to teach himself by reading books in the local library. He had a keen interest in science, and was curious when he saw a picture of a windmill.
Mr Kamkwamba said “I was very interested when I saw the windmill could make electricity and pump water. I thought: ‘That could be a defence against hunger. Maybe I should build one for myself’.”
Whenever he was not not helping his family farm maize, he would embark on a project to create his own prototype for a windmill. When it came to building the real thing, he scoured junk yards and rubbish tips for parts, which confused the 200 locals. They could not understand what he was trying to achieve and through he was going mad. Some even thought he was smoking marijuana because of his odd behaviour! He salvaged spare bicycle parts, pipes, an old tractor fan blade and a shock absorber, amongst other things. Using these, he went on to build a 5 meter high windmill. His neighbours thought it was just the play thing of a mad man, but they were shocked and surprised when William climbed to the top and connected a light bulb onto the turbine. When it lit, the crowd went wild with excitement.
Soon, the windmill was powering the family’s mud brick house. William continued his scientific work to create circuit breakers for light bulbs, and locals were queuing up to charge their mobile phones.
He went on to build an even bigger windmill, a solar powered mechanical pump and water storage tanks. He became a local hero. Since 2002, William, now aged 22, has accomplished some great achievements and has shown the world what is possible with the determination of one person. Our london escorts have marvelled at the story, which will soon be available in print from author Bryan Mealer.