Update: Rachel’s campaign breaks through $1 million.

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She started her campaign hoping to raise $300 to bring clean water to 15 people.

Today, friends and strangers helped Rachel Beckwith top $1 million raised in her mycharity: water campaign.

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No one at charity: water has been following Rachel’s campaign as closely as Founder and CEO Scott Harrison. Here are a few thoughts from him to those who have helped Rachel’s wish come true:

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To everyone who has supported Rachel’s campaign: you are a part of a huge and sweeping movement of generosity, compassion and honor. More than 23,000 people from across the globe have now left donations and messages for Rachel, and her story has even spread throughout Africa.

You may have seen this, but yesterday, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote an incredible op-ed piece entitled “Rachel’s Last Fund-Raiser.” He captured Rachel’s spirit in a profound and powerful way, and I encourage you to read and share the piece if you haven’t seen it yet.

When Rachel’s campaign closes, 100% of the funds raised will go straight to our partners in the field, so they can begin building more water projects for people in need. About 18 months later, when these projects are finished, charity: water will share the GPS coordinates, photos and other details about each community Rachel’s campaign funded water for.

All of us at charity: water have been humbled by the sacrifice and unselfishness of this remarkable little girl. To borrow Nick Kristof’s words, may we all learn from Rachel Beckwith.

– Scott Harrison
charity: water Founder and CEO

More on Rachel’s legacy:

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- Read Nick Kristof’s column on Rachel and a young generation of giving here >
- Watch Rachel’s mother, Samantha, talk about her daughter’s life on The Early Show here >
- See CNN’s feature on Rachel and her campaign here >
- Visit Rachel’s my
charity: water campaign page here >
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