The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and Books For Africa

Books For Africa was recently contacted by the Moving Windmills Project, a non-profit that inspires innovative solutions to African problems, to provide agriculture and STEM books for five new community libraries.

The Moving Windmills Project was inspired by the work of William Kamkwamba. When William was 14 and Malawi was suffering a severe famine, he was forced to drop out of high school. But William remained curious and inventive, and worked with the village librarian to stay engaged with his studies, especially science. William used a photo in a junior high school textbook called “Using Energy” that he found in his rural library to build an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts. William’s story was told in the book “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind,” later adapted into a movie for Netflix.

Because a book in a rural library changed William’s life and inspired him to help others, Moving Windmills has launched an initiative to stock five community libraries in Malawi with agriculture-specific content and STEM learning materials. They turned to BFA, which offers a special Agriculture Library Initiative for exactly this purpose, as their partner in this project.

Books For Africa is providing five agriculture libraries, along with digital content and solar lamps, to stock libraries in the Kasungu District of Malawi. The container is expected to ship in early May. Stay turned for additional updates and photos from this exciting new partnership!