Once upon a time a little 9 year old girl had a small but great dream: raise $300 to help 15 people in Ethiopia gain access to water.
To help the non-profit organization Charity: Water, Rachel Beckwith, created a fundraising page and asked all her friends and family to help. Encouraged by her mother, Rachel just raised $220, but promised herself and her mum that in the coming year, she would raise much more.
With a lovely family and a heart that wanted to solve all the problems of the world, Rachel, once cut off all her hair to make wigs and donate it to children who had cancer.
However, her wish and promise to change the world was was put to a stop by a car accident near Seattle. Just one month after she raised the $220, Rachel Beckwith died in a horrible accident involving more than 12 vehicles. “She was the only person critically injure, and on July 23rd, 2011, she was taken off life support”.
The news of her tragic accident spread all around the world and people began to donate to her page. From $10 to $100, volunteers were donating and engaging her cause, which after one month raised more than 1.2 million Dollars. The money, then, was sent to Ethiopia and invested in machinery that can pump the groundwater and give it to the population.
The 15 people that Rachel wanted to help turned now into over 60.000 Ethiopians and since Monday (23rd July, 2012), the population has drinkable water and a bit more hope in their hearts
Rachel might be dead, but now, her dream and promise to change the world is alive again.