The opening line from the book hints at the distance this young man had to travel:
Before I discovered the miracles of science, magic ruled the world.
Nothing came easy. Every step required focused determination and confidence in his own ability to accomplish the goals he set for himself.
(Isn't this smile just fabulous?)
The following clips are a great introduction, (especially his second TED talk) but I highly recommend reading the book. It not only tells of the process William went through to build his windmill (and homemade electrical switch and circuit breaker!) but it also introduces you to the story of Malawi and its struggles under corrupt government.
After he finishes high school at the African Leadership Academy, William will attend college in the US in the fall of this year. He has started a nonprofit organization in order to support projects to improve conditions in his village. You can check it out at MovingWindmills.org.
First TED Talk 2007
Second TED Talk 2009
Moving Wind Mills: The William Kamkwamba Story