7. THE WIND RIDER

william Kamkwamba 3 - 7. THE WIND RIDER

It’s not so hard to become President of the United State for someone whose grandparents are part of the Nation’s elite, who went to the best schools in the country, who has more money than the opponent to spend on the political campaign. Furthermore if the whole world agrees with this…

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Then the endeavour of a young African boy from Malawi that dreamed of putting the force of the wind to his service is much more surprising.  He had to drop out of school because his parents couldn’t afford to send him anymore so he began building windmills that generated electricity out of twigs and pieces of shrapnel, without any technical knowledge or access to the internet.

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His windmills attracted the attention of local journalists first and then from the international press. He was invited to America to tell his story, and then he wrote a book to inspire young Africans who he had become a role model for.

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Look below to read his story in English.

 

On his website you will find interviews with him in America as well as other places, some pictures, his projects, and the option of being able to donate money to help him carry out his projects.
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A Flintstone type windmill, but it works!

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The story of this boy should be an inspiration for the young people of Timbuktu.

He has the exact opposite mentality that has developed in the city, in the wake of the “help” provided by the hundreds of NGOs that crowd Timbuktu, which do nothing but multiply the problems of the people.

Here, there are two prospectives for making a living: either working for a NGO or forming an association in order to ask for money from the NGOs.

I clearly saw in Timbuktu that there are 3 types of people in the world:  those who think that they should be helped, those who think they should help themselves and those who think they should help others.

Forty years of NGO activity in Timbuktu has created a culture of assistance and too many people belong to the first category. Through the example of this young boy, I would like to show the teenagers of Timbuktu that it is always possible to help oneself get out of problems and blocked situations.

A friend of mine used to say, “There are 2 kind of people in the world, those who make problems and those who resolve them.”

Forty years of NGO activity haven’t resolved any of the problems; they are here to stay.  This is why they must preserve the problems, or even increase them and maintain the people in their dependency.  Why not resolve our problems by ourselves as this boy did?

Do we have a mind to reflect? Africa is the richest continent on earth. Its people are the poorest ones. Where is the problem? Does Africa needs inventors, financiers and NGOs or does it only need to help itself?

I shall try to speak to the students in the schools of Timbuktu, it should not be too difficult.

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