Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Recently in humanities we have been learning about Africa, and the various customs and traditions there. This book, "The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind" takes place in Malawi, and it gives a window into the life of everyone in that part of the world. William, the subject of the book, spends several months trying to get the proper parts together to build a windmill after being forced to drop out of school for the lack of fees. His family had just barely survived a terrible famine, and his vision was that a windmill could provide power, pump water, and spare them from repeating a terrible event. He built a smaller model to test his concept, which worked perfectly and inspired to build a full scale version, which would provide electricity for his home.