Harnessing the Wind, Saving Libraries

There’s a lovely article over at Brain Pickings about William Kamkwampa, a 14 year old forced to drop out of school but who used his local library and a bunch of scrap parts to MacGyver a windmill that provides electricity to his Malawian village (another example of why we need libraries!).

The story has now been turned into a children’s book, with the added twist that, for every e-book read at We Give Books, a physical book will be donated to a library in Africa, supporting both literacy and the entrepreneurship represented by William Kamkwampa. It’s a fantastic initiative inspired by a fantastic story and it’s well worth checking out.

 

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