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Mom headed to Ethiopia to honor daughter’s charity-water legacy

(Beckwith family)

For the one-year anniversary of Rachel Beckwith’s death,
her mother will travel to Ethiopia to visit the
communities who now have access
to clean water because of her daughter’s charity.

Rachel died on July 23, 2011 from complications from a car
accident on I-90. Her death came just over a month after
her ninth birthday. Rather than celebrate with a party
and gifts, Rachel told her mom she wanted to raise
money for a charity that brings clean drinking water to
people all over the world.

Rachel had a goal of $300, but her charity reached $1.2
million after her church kept the effort alive and spread
the word. Mycharity: water estimates about 60,000 people
will benefit from Rachel’s campaign.

“Rachel’s lasting legacy will be seen in the lives and
smiles of thousands of children like her that will
now have access to life’s most basic need: clean and safe
drinking water,” said charity: water founder
and CEO, Scott Harrison.

Rachel’s mom, Samantha Paul, will travel with her family
and EastLake’s Pastor, Ryan Meeks.

The church will host an event Aug. 3 to continue to raise
awareness for the need of clean water in developing
countries. At Drinks4Drinks, 100 percent of the money
donated will go to bringing clean water to the nation of


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