Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

I just love the book I found for the book club at my house this month. William Kamkwamba is a humble African with such an inspiring story. In his home in Malawi, his family went from being poor, to suffering through a terrible famine. He wanted so badly to attend school so that he would have a chance to make something of himself, but they couldn't afford the $80 per year it would take and he had to drop out. Only about 2% of people where he lives have electricity and even that is spotty. William is resourceful though, and well, he and Jon Stewart will do a better job telling his story than I could, so I'll let them tell you. He has a sense of humor and enjoys Jon.

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Here is William's website. This is a MUST read book in my opinion! If you want to watch more, there are a few good videos linked on his website. Here are two more of my favorite videos: 1. Soon after people found out about his windmill and was just learning to speak English 2. His own presentation 2 years later


Andrea W. said...

Thank you so much for this recommendation. I'm always on the hunt for good books. I think you were the first one I heard about the Hunger Games series from. SOOO good. Can't wait for #3.

Kathi said...

That is SO cool! You're right, this is a book probably everyone should read!

Braden said...

Thanks, Natalie. I'm excited to read this in a few weeks when school gets out.