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Kamkwamba, William 1987-

Works: 11 works in 67 publications in 14 languages and 4,399 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: TJ820, 621.312136092
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The boy who harnessed the wind by William Kamkwamba( Book )
20 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Persoonlijk verslag van een man uit Malawi, die op veertienjarige leeftijd eigenhandig met afvalmateriaal een windturbine bouwde en zo zijn geboortedorp van energie voorzag
Il ragazzo che catturò il vento : l'intelligenza e la tenacia di un solo giovane possono illuminare l'intero villaggio by William Kamkwamba( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in Italian and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The boy who harnessed the wind : creating currents of electricity and hope by William Kamkwamba( Book )
8 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his life and the lives of those around him. His neighbors may have mocked him and called him misala'crazy'but William was determined to show them what a little grit and ingenuity could do. Enchanted by the workings of electricity as a boy, William had a goal to study science in Malawi's top boarding schools. But in 2002, his country was stricken with a famine that left his family's farm devastated and his parents destitute. Unable to pay the eighty-dollar-a-year tuition for his education, William was forced to drop out and help his family forage for food as thousands across the country starved and died. Yet William refused to let go of his dreams. With nothing more than a fistful of cornmeal in his stomach, a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks, and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to bring his family a set of luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford and what the West considers a necessity'electricity and running water. Using scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves, William forged a crude yet operable windmill, an unlikely contraption and small miracle that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire. A second machine turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine that loomed with every season. Soon, news of William's magetsi a mphepo'his "electric wind"'spread beyond the borders of his home, and the boy who was once called crazy became an inspiration to those around the world. Here is the remarkable story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him
Le garçon qui dompta le vent : témoignage by William Kamkwamba( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in French and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
O chłopcu, który ujarzmił wiatr by William Kamkwamba( Book )
1 edition published in 2010 in Polish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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1 edition published in 2009 in Thai and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind : Young Readers Edition by William Kamkwamba( Recording )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Drengen der tæmmede vinden by William Kamkwamba( Recording )
2 editions published in 2010 in Danish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Audience Level
Audience Level
  Kids General Special  
Audience level: 0.15 (from 0.00 for Il ragazzo ... to 0.92 for Le garçon ...)
Alternative Names
カムクワンバ, ウィリアム
English (33)
German (5)
French (5)
Japanese (5)
Danish (4)
Chinese (3)
Italian (2)
Spanish (2)
Turkish (2)
Polish (1)
Indonesian (1)
Korean (1)
Dutch (1)
Thai (1)