It is often in our society that one person affects millions by a simple act. One person that evokes this concept is Rachel Beckwith. Her single wish she on her 9th birthday was to fund water reclamation in Rwanda so that others could live healthy lives. However, a tragic car accident took her life before she could make her goal of $300.00. Jamie Pent did a spectacular thing by showcasing her story through a video blog that touched many and raised $1.2 million for the people in Rwanda to have clean drinking water.
The truly remarkable aspect of this video is that nearly 500,000 people have seen it since last July, according to Matt Wilson in his article; Charity’s video racks up more than a half a million views. What makes this video so touching you might ask?
Public Radio Personality, Ira Glass, says is best in his video blog on storytelling. Two “building blocks” he mentions are raising questions throughout a sequence of actions, and reflecting on the true meaning of the story. Pent does this by posting a video that has compelling music that leads viewers through the journey of Rachel’s parents going to Africa to see what the money Rachel’s wish raised helped do. The sequences include everything from interacting with the happy townspeople and putting a memorial up for Rachel. Glass also mentions that video blogging is when people find a “time to kill” or show their best work. I believe Pent did this by really outreaching to the audience and making an emotional connection. I will never forget seeing Rachel’s parents praying with the townspeople of Rwanda for Rachel or how touched a representative of the area was when they were explaining how appreciative they were for getting clean water.
Overall, I highly recommend watching the video on Rachel on how her big wish became a reality. It touched me and half a million other views by using incredible graphics, and a heartwarming story to connect two communities and make one town’s life better.
I have linked the video to this post here: Rachel Beckwith’s Story