Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Building Windmills

Don't let lack of support or ideal materials stop you from doing what needs to be done.

For the Love of a Windmill

Sometimes it takes one person’s undying focus and energy to make a change. In this case William Kamkwamba was just such a man, or 14-year old boy, as the case was. Living in a small town in Malawi with no electricity, William was determined to power his family’s home with used parts and ingenuity…and a little education.

“An organization called the Malawian Teacher Training Activity contributed a large quantity of books to the primary school library near my home,” William said. “One of the books was called Using Energy. Inside there were plans for a windmill so I decided to build one to provide power for my family.”

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