ENVIRONMENT WATCH: Malawian teenager builds windmill out of junk

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As a teenager growing up in Malawi William Kamkwamba learned how to make a windmill by reading books about it in the library and then using junk to make one! He used bicycle parts and discarded items from a scrapyard when access to more expensive items proved impossible! Rapidly developing into a self taught genius engineer he then built a solar powered water pump – the first time his village had access to drinking water. Later he constructed two more windmills to generate the village’s irrigation pumps. Again, he achieved all of this by swotting up about it in the local library because crippling poverty and a famine meant he had to drop out of school because the school fees were no longer affordable.

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