Making a Way

Talk about making something out of nothing!  At the age of 14 a young man from Malawi, Africa found scraps and built a windmill to generate power for his family home.  The windmill he built was able to power four lights and two radios. Then he wrote an award winning book called "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope" on how he was able to do this.  It's an inspiring story about the will of a young man who used his brains and what little resources around him to improve his family's living conditions.

I think about how I hear so many people complain about what they don't have instead of appreciating what they DO have and utilizing the resources around them.  Take a look at William Kamkwamba's speech in the video below.

Kamkwamba's success story got a lot of press resulting in many organizations offering to assist him with future projects including malaria prevention, a deep water well for clean water, solar power, and an irrigation system.  Kamkwamba himself returned to school, and is now attending the African Leadership Academy, a new pan-African prep school outside Johannesburg, South Africa.  You can keep up with his future projects at his blog.


  1. It's easier to whine about what you don't have then admitting to failing at making enough use of the resources you DO have.

  2. WOW!!!! he is extraordinary.

  3. We can make it if we try. I know we are well able to accomplish anything we set our minds to do.
    Thanks Samora, and God bless you.

  4. @Patrick, @Andre, and @Fred - so true!
    God Bless you too!


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