Monday, October 05, 2009

African Teen helps himself, UN feels useless

(via the Blogfather)
Young William Kamkwamba just wanted to read after it got dark. Problem being, he lived in one of the poorest areas of the poor country of Malawi, and he had no electricity. Fortunately for him, he *did* have access to a small library, and that small library had two very interesting books: Explaining Physics and Using Energy. Now his village has electric lights, a well with a pump for irrigation, power to charge cellphones with, and also radios and a TV. All because one kid knew how to read, had access to books with information, and knew how to scrounge junkyards. He built three useful windmills, all because he wanted to stay up late reading.

Outstanding job, Mr. Kamkwamba. I wish you all success in your dream of attending college in the USA. May I recommend MIT? I think it would be a good fit for your inventiveness.

Note: absolutely no sanctimonious, patronizing Lady Bountiful UN bozos were involved in this happy scenario.


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