Rachel's Wish

"World News" revisits Rachel?s story one year later as her mother discovers a giant wish come true.
3:00 | 08/19/12

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And finally tonight here, a new chapter in rachel's story, the 9-YEAR-OLD WHO HAD A SIMPLE Birthday wish and this evening, the mother who witnessed that wish come true. On this world humanitarian day the young humanitarian who would be proud. We reported on that one wish rachel had for her ninth birthday, like so many little girls she loved taylor swift, had a crush on justin bieber, but she wasn't asking for any gifts. Instead she was asking her PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTs FOR get clean water. Reporter: Her simple wish to get clean drinking water to people who don't have it. Other goal to help 15 people. She would have to raise $300. She almost got there, raising $220, telling her mother she would try harder next year. But weeks after she turned 9 rachel was killed in a car accident. Her father, at a community memorial. She was a very unique girl. Her heart was bigger than this room. Reporter: Soon, the country would learn of that heart. Her story spreading coast to coast. That little girl turning 9 and at simple wish. Soon after, more than 22,000 people had given hundreds of thousands of dollars. Her mother telling us at the time of a dream come true in honor of her daughter. She wanted to help all these people. And now she helped them more than she could ever imagine. Reporter: Charity water would send all of that money to northern ethiopia, where there were countless villages desperate for clean water. On the one year anniversary of rachel's death her mother was invited to ethiopia to see what her daughter's one wish had accomplished. It's 6:00 in the morning, about to go see some of rachel's wells. digging the wells. Rachel's grandfather there, too. I am rachel's grandfather. I really wish rachel could be here today. Because first of all, rachel would think this is the neatest thing she'd ever seen in her entire life. Reporter: The faucets now running, those little wet hands, those giant smiles. I really appreciate everyone's love. I'm so happy that I could be here. Reporter:9-year-old rachel had just wanted to help 15 people. Now 60,000 people in more than 100 villages will drink clean water. What a way to honor rachel

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