Unlike most kids her age, Rachel Beckwith's birthday wish is to raise $US300 to bring clean water to an African village. Back in 2011, she had asked friends and family to donate $9 so that kids her age in Africa would have clean water to drink, and managed to raise just enough to give 15 people clean
Rachel then pledged to do better when her 10th birthday rolled
around. Tragically, she would not live to see her wish come true as she was killed in a car accident in Seattle just a month after turning 9.
It wasn't long before news of the tragedy made it around the world, inspiring around 30,000 people to give more than $1.2 million to Rachel’s campaign.
And exactly one year after Rachel’s death, her mother Samantha Paul still continues her daughter’s campaign with a visit to a village in Ethiopia, where local partners are using the funds from Rachel’s campaign to drill wells.
The project will mean that sixty thousand people in more than 100 villages in Africa will now have access to clean water, and it''s all thanks to one selfless little girl's birthday wish.