The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

William Kamkwamba’s story is the story of success.  It is perhaps the most inspiring story one could possibly read because he considers his achievement to be not only a personal feat but a triumph for others as well.  The townspeople, after months of taunting him as a ne’er-do-well and calling him a crazy man, much to the dismay of his anxious mom, enthusiastically offer him their praise when they come to acknowledge the windmill that he built in his backyard.  Despite the unceasing ridicule they made him endure, William embraces their expression of good will in a handshake of solidarity.  As he explains in the Prologue to his book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.  Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, his birth as an inventor and scientist has also given birth to the immediate renewal of the society at large:  “Each piece told its own tale of discovery, of being lost and found in a time of hardship and fear.  Finally together now, we were all being reborn” (1-2).

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