Sunday, October 4, 2009

Tilting at Windmills

Well the world is full of lots of bad stuff and it gets blogged about. Not so much the good stuff.

Africa seems to get real bad luck with things like aids and ethnic cleansing and corrupt/bad rulers, droughts and famines. The last often caused or helped along by some of the others on the list.

That's why it is good when we get to hear about inspirational and good things happening there.

William Kamkwamba is surley one of those inspirational people. He is 22 now and lives in Malawi. He had to quit his schooling when he was just 14.

He did not give up with his education though. He kept at it using his local library.

One day he found out about windmills in a textbook and realised they could be used to pump water and provide electricity. Malawi had a terrible drought in 2002, so the water thing was pretty important.

He decided to try and build one himself in his spare time from junk. People in his village, even his Mom thought he was on drugs, or crazy, till he explained he was making magic.

They sure changed their minds when he got his windmill to light a bulb though. He wired power to his family's home, provided electric lighting and figured out how to charge his neighbours' mobile phones.

Then he managed to get a solar powered pump and got it to pump water up from a borehole into storage tanks for his village.

Now there is a book about William called "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" jointly written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer if you want to know more.

William is truly someone worthy of admiration. A can-do guy who wants to make the world a better place. He does not wait for someone else to do it for him. Like the 'they' who "ought to do something", the government, whoever.

He shows us that even if things are really bad we each of us can still do something even if only on a small scale, locally, to make the world a better place - If we choose to.

Imagine if we all thought like that... Wow!

9 comments:

jmb said...

Thanks for that wonderful story Moggs. What a heart warmer and really an inspiration for the rest of us.

We do need to hear more of these on the news but sadly "they" assume we are only interested in disasters and suchlike "bad" news.

Cynthia said...

This is an incredibly inspiring story Joan. I'm going to link to it on my Raw Genesis blog. Thanks!

Sean Jeating said...

Lazy as I am this short com(pli)ment goes also for the previous post. Chapeau.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

How good to read about someone good!

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

Thank you all for commenting. As soon as I heard about William it cheered me. I thought it was something really worth sharing and maybe it would make others feel good.

He really is someone to be admired, in a way a real hero who will make a difference for good in a quiet way.

I do think if more people followed his lead the world would be a nicer, better, place.

Granny on the Web said...

Wonderful story! What a great boy, he will go far.
Some of our local yobs out looking for trouble should be made to read this.

Love Granny

Janice Thomson said...

A very inspiring young man - we need many more with his kind of courage and determination to find solutions.

Berni said...

Thanks for sharing. It is so good to hear some positive news for a change. Why do we never hear the positive stuff on the news it is always mayhem and murder. Thanks again

Moggs Tigerpaw said...

Gran-on-web, Janice, Berni, I agree with your comments, thanks.

Gran I wonder if your local youths would be inspired? Sometimes such seem so vacuous I have to wonder what could reach them. I agree they should read it in hope tho.