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South Bend native helps build windmill for small African village during global bike tour

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A South Bend native on a bike tour of the world is doing more than just peddling.

Mike Dits left South Bend in August 2016 and has been biking ever since, hoping to bike around the globe in three years.

In September of this year, the South Bend Tribune reports he rode into the small southeastern African country of Malawi on a mission. He sought out William Kamkwamba, who had built a windmill with scraps when he was 14 for his village.

However, William was out of town, so Dits befriended local resident Zack Mwale and built a windmill for the tiny village of Zandana. Once complete, the villagers had clean access to water…even though it set Dits off track of his three-year goal to get around the world.

Nowadays, Dits is riding north out of Nairobi, Kenya…on his way to the Middle East and then southern Europe.

Here’s a video of his exploits building the windmill in Malawi:

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