“An object in motion will stay in motion, and an object at rest will stay at rest, unless acted upon by an outside force.” – Newton’s first law of motion
14 year-old William Kampkwamba of Malawi, Africa didn’t have much. In fact, due to the worst famine his village had seen in 50 years, he had just lost his one and only luxury: his education. His family couldn’t afford the $80 per year tuition.
Without electricity and running water and facing starvation, William took Newton’s advice and acted. He found a book at the village library about windmills, and created a plan. With scrap metal, old tractor parts, and blue-gum trees, he built a windmill. And that windmill powered 4 light bulbs and two radios.
Here was a child, who had absolutely nothing – no money, no resources, no connections, and no help – and relied solely on a dream and willpower, yet created electricity for his family, a luxury that only 2% of Malawians could afford.
If William can do that, just imagine what we could do….
Then take it one step further, and think of how we can do it. Our answer…… Invest in the youth. Our plan… Our next article