Wahlert Catholic High School,
Dear William Kamkwamba,
Today, many factors
can influence our lives for the better or for the worse. Our culture
sends different messages
through media such as movies,
television, and via the internet.
have always loved reading
and books provide
some of the best messages
from which to learn. A most inspirational book that I have read is The Boy Who Harnessed
the Wind. Your story, William, is one of overcoming obstacles
and using ingenuity to solve real problems. We can all use problem
solving skills to find solutions
to everyday problems.
Even though I might not have fancy
equipment with which to work, I can still make things
and try to help. You wrote, "I
try and I made it!"
When you wrote about living in Malawi, Africa and wanting to provide a better life for yourself and your family by building a windmill, I felt your desire to help the people in your village who had so little. With so few resources, you saved up, and you were able to eventually
escape the pit of poverty
that had held him for so long by perfecting your design for the windmill,
with little formal education. You had the opportunity to learn more by going to college and you continue to make a difference by building more windmills and by speaking
at TED talks. Your book showed me how little some people
have, even of the most basic resources, like food. I also realized how much I take for granted, with clean water, a warm bed, and all that I want to eat. At one time, during
the famine that you and the people of your country encountered, you wrote, "He
then asked the president to stop funding
wells and toilets and use the money to buy grain."
Everyone should have access to these basic necessities, not just those who are wealthy. You also showed me the promise
of dreams and how if we can dream, we can escape the circumstances that we live in. We must try to help those who are less fortunate than us, as you said, "Thinking of them reminds
me of a quote I read recently
from the great Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. that says, 'If you can't fly, run; if you can't run, walk; if you can't walk, crawl' We must encourage those still struggling
to keep moving forward."
You showed me that even if we don't have many resources, all we really need is a vision, and the ingenuity to execute that vision with what we do have. I am very interested in science and math and want to help people
using these subjects.
Your story has inspired me to see that it is possible for me to make a difference in the world. Real differences don't have to begin by affecting millions
of people. Changing
just one person's
life or one family's life for the better is making a very important
change. Your example points out that it is something
that we can all strive
to do. You wrote, "I
went to sleep dreaming of Malawi, and all the things made possible when your dreams are powered by your heart."