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Blog entry by frank posted 07-20-2007 01:40 PM 843 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good Things Happen

Today I am going to vary my blog style some what and pass the morning’s sun highlight on to an-other worker of wood….and also a worker in many fields of yet to come. A dreamer of sorts, who has chosen to put his hands into the multi-tasking of what can I do to better not only my situation, my families outcome and then also what can I do for my village or community….today this is where this young man is, tomorrow will yet come when he looks forth upon the world and says what can I do for Africa and beyond.

My name is William Kamkwamba and Welcome to my blog

“I am 19 years old. I live in Mastala Village in the area of T/A Wimbe in the Kasungu district of Malawi, about 2 1/2 hours north of Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city. Over the next few weeks, I will try to communicate the journey I have taken over the last several years.

One note: My native language is Chichewa, the indigenous language of Malawi. The country’s official language is English, and my English comprehension is good. I can speak pretty well, too, and write, but I’m a bit out of practice, so a friend of mine is helping with the writing and editing of this blog.”

I am enclosing a photo of William and of his family below….

What struck me as quite amazing in this story is that here is one man who had to leave school at fourteen, no formal education and living in a country where death stalks the young and old in the form of AIDS and after all this, that would have many today folding their hands, while saying….”whats the use”, there arises one who comes forth and says “I can!” Many are the reasons today for other’s to blame society, government and nations for the all that is wrong….while there still are those who look to lay no-blame and are two busy putting feet and hands on the names of their dreams.

I will end for now and post two more photo’s and then you too can decide if you would like to read this story of William Kamkwamba and his windmill.

Great story and a great blog of the journey of one young man in the world today….today he works with wood, tomorrow who knows….

Thank you.

My future plan is that I’m going to learn to research using the internet,” Kamkwamba says. “Then I plan to build a water pump powered by my windmill so we can have water from the well in our house and irrigate our fields. Then, I don’t know.” —William Kamkwamba

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 07-20-2007 02:51 PM

Yeah, Frank, I want to read more. :)

-- Ethan,

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#2 posted 07-20-2007 02:56 PM

an inspiration for sure—and a reminder of what is important

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#3 posted 07-20-2007 04:58 PM

Very interesting Frank, thank you for that post.

I am always amazed me to see the inverse correlation existent between resources/money and imagination.

Maybe we should start an “International Blog” together!

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#4 posted 07-20-2007 08:31 PM

Great blog frank. Yes I’m interested to read more.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 07-21-2007 12:14 PM

—-very interesting thought you have sent out there Jojo;

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ....”I do not consider myself to be especially smarter than any other human, but I do have a particularly vivid imagination.” and ”Our only limits are in our imagination ” —by Albert Einstein

Some would argue that ‘lack of’ gives me the excuse for failure or limitations, however I have taken ‘lack of’ as a means of giving increase.

Example: in wood working there can be moments and times where and when mistakes could or can happen and some would re-gard the mis-take to a scrap box….ha! Now that is limitation! I however have chosen to see….think….and therefore be, that there are no mis-taken mis-steps, only avenues of opportunity. What some would call a mis-take// mis-steps, I see as only a former step and as I now take my next step, I will be success-full in what I do. Therefore I have no-mistakes and only success-full opportunities.

A man//women who has imagination will out of their power of thinking, create opportunities for finding all the resources they will ever need….and in the end, these resources will even seek them out to contribute.

....’lack of’ can never limit me, since my imagination is limitless….and as I also like telling—asking folks, how far you can see, is in direct proportion to how big can you dream!

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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