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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

by William Kamkwamba

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2009, 288 pages
    Paperback:
    Aug 2010, 320 pages

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Moving Windmills Project
Inspired by William Kamkwamba's story, the Moving Windmills Project was founded in 2008 to support rural economic development and education projects in Malawi. The nonprofit group works with local leaders to provide food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, health, education and community-building.

Completed projects include:

  • wind and solar power for village homes
  • re-roofing village homes
  • protection from rain and fire
  • water sanitation and hygiene education
  • disease prevention
  • anti-malarial bed-net distribution
  • bedding distribution
  • warmth and pest protection
  • a water well and solar-powered water pump
  • drip irrigation
  • improved food supply with multiple maize crops and vegetable gardens
  • running water taps free-of-charge for all villagers
  • improved sanitation and productivity
  • distribution of fertilizer, urea and seed
  • uniforms, shoes and equipment for the village soccer team
  • children's and young adult books distribution
  • improved reading skills and increased literacy in children
  • educational scholarships
Click here to read about, and donate to, current projects such as a windmill to power radios and charge mobile phones at William's local primary school; books for the village library through contributions to Books for Africa and Better World Books; and funds for a new primary school.

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This article was originally published in November 2009, and has been updated for the August 2010 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.

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