William Kamkwamba is a Malawian born inventor and author. In 2002, when Kamkwamba was just 14 years old, he built a windmill from spare parts and scraps to power a few electrical appliances in his family’s home using salvaged pieces from a scrapyard. Working from plans he found in a library book, he was able to power a few electrical appliances in his family’s home. The inventiveness of William Kamkwamba has motivated not only the students in Malawi, but also all of us here at HELP.
On July 9th, 2012, HELP and prior Balaka District Education Manager, Paul Chiphanda, opened the William Kamkwamba Community Library. The library provides for students as well as the entire community. With the contributions of African Libraries Project, The Netherland’s Read to Grow, National Library Services and individual donors, the library is complete with academic, technical farming and construction, and HIV/AIDS literature.
Meet Billiati Ng’andeng’ande. Billiati found inspiration through books at a community library at Nanthomba School. After reading “The Boy who Harnessed the Wind,’” a book by Wiiliam Kamkwamba, Billiati assembled a windmill on his house to provide light for his family. He is now able to use electricity to study at night in his bedroom. Billiati is a student of Nanthomba School going into standard eight and aspires to be an electric engineer when he completes his education.