On July 23, 2011, nine-year-old Rachel Beckwith was killed in a tragic car accident on highway I-90 near Seattle, Washington. After her death, thousands of people all around the world started donating to her mycharity: water fundraising page, and over the course of a month, raised over $1.2 million in Rachel’s honor. That money is now helping 37,770 people get access to clean water.
It's been exactly a year since the accident. In honor of the anniversary, Rachel’s mom, Samantha, and her grandparents, Richard and Roseanne, visit Ethiopia with charity: water and meet some of the people Rachel helped. We’ve documented the entire day on video so we can share it with all of you.
New technologies are enabling more and more people to volunteer and it is also helping more organizations to tap into the power of volunteerism, especially in times of crisis. Learn what happened when the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs joined forces with the Standby Task Force (SBTF), who went on to train Online Volunteers in crisis mapping, ensuring the ongoing support needed throughout the crisis.
Question: How does volunteerism improve the wellbeing of individuals, communities and societies where you are? Send us a photo in response now and help light-up our world!
VII ("Seven") is known internationally for photography, film, multimedia and story telling. In 2012, among countless other global journalism and media honors, VII received three Emmy Award nominations for feature broadcast and multimedia documentaries.
On November 10 in New York City, the DOC NYC Film Festival will screen "VII UNCOMMISSIONED," a series of nine short films by the photographers of VII. Visit the DOC NYC website for details. Tickets go on sale October 12.
VII's 23 eminent photographers are Lynsey Addario, Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Marcus Bleasdale, Stefano De Luigi, Venetia Dearden, Jessica Dimmock, Adam Ferguson, Ashley Gilbertson, Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Joachim Ladefoged, Davide Monteleone, Christopher Morris, Seamus Murphy, Maciek Nabrdalik, Franco Pagetti, Stephanie Sinclair, John Stanmeyer, Anastasia Taylor-Lind, Tomas van Houtryve and Donald Weber.
This reel was produced by Talking Eyes Media in partnership with VII Photo.
Chris Dean’s heart stopped when he was two. He died but he came back. When Chris was five, his father was murdered, riddled by more than 20 bullets in a gang shootout. At age 18, Chris gained national attention when he introduced President Barack Obama at his high school graduation. Chris is an observer and philosopher who has always had a few things to say about life from his vantage point in South Memphis. He and Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Alan Spearman walked the neighborhood for eight weeks observing and recording what became the script of As I Am. This film floats through this remarkable young man's landscape, revealing the lives that have shaped his world. Poetic and powerful imagery, captured by Spearman and cinematographer Mark Adams, combines with the young philosopher’s trenchant observations about life.