William lives in a village in Malawi that (in 2002) had no electricity or running water and was suffering from drought. His family was struggling to survive and he had to drop out of school as they couldn't afford the $80 school fees.
|William's 1st windmill|
Word of his accomplishment started to spread and since then, William has continued with his education, given two TED talks, written a book for children, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, and a version for adults.
His work inspired the creation of an organization called Moving Windmills Project in 2008. They pursue rural economic development and education projects in Malawi.
All of this started with one 14 year old boy with curiosity, initiative and determination! You can watch a 6 minute documentary about William and his windmill here for a little inspiration.
As he says at the end of his TED talk "Trust yourself and believe. Whatever happens, don't give up."