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How a Malawian teenager harnessed the power of the wind. William Kamkwamba's parents couldn't afford the $80 yearly tuition for their son's...


How a Malawian teenager harnessed the power of the wind.


William Kamkwamba's parents couldn't afford the $80 yearly tuition for their son's school. The boy sneaked into the classroom anyway, dodging administrators for a few weeks until they caught him. Still emaciated from the recent deadly famine that had killed friends and neighbors, he went back to work on his family's corn and tobacco farm in rural Malawi, Africa.

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