How does: need + determination+ science books+ garbage+ a friend= an empowered future? (And a great Christmas gift?!)
“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” is the true story of a truly remarkable, resilient, smart boy, in #malawi @williamkamkwamba_ , who’s family can no longer afford to send him or his siblings to school, as the drought dries up their crop of maize. So he finds some donated science 📚, looked up the translation for the English words, and wonders IF he could build a windmill to make electricity- from garbage and a bicycle tire🚲- all while being laughed at and called crazy?
Later in a TED talk he explains “..and I try and I made it”. Talk about perseverance!!
What a magical moment when the wind mill 💨he has created from garbage, ➡️connects to the electric wire he scrounged up ➡️to a tiny little lightbulb he found, ➡️through their grass roof ➡️to create light in his family‘s home for the first time ever! 💡
And that is just the beginning of how his grit and vision brings his family and the whole village out of poverty to empowerment!! 🇲🇼
I love that the children’s book from Scholastic @scholasticinc Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon @lizzunon, is also written by the same duo-William Kamkwamba @williamkamkwamba_ @kamkwamba.william himself and his friend Bryan Mealer @mealerbryan as the original story (high school level) @harpercollins
This post is made in special honor of @i_am_zambia #cyclebreakers. In case you would like to give the gift to empower these resilient, cycle-breaking, smart girls in their new school (which also protects them against sex trafficking.)#zambia
And for #youngscientists at your house-I’ve also included our boys favorite snap circuits kit @snapcircuits for a hands on connection to the electricity/science part of this story for a holiday gift!
Isnt it so exciting what we can do together to share our blessings!?!🥰🎁 How do you empower your kids to reach beyond themselves during the holidays?🎄