A lesson with turmeric

Women in Palanjogihalli, India showed us how they cover their hands in ground turmeric to educate their friends and family on proper hand washing technique. Read more...

More than three million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world. Through Water.org's hygiene and sanitation educational programs, those we serve are equipped to share what they have learned with others in their community to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and bacteria.

A unique approach to this is how these women in Palanjogihalli, India introduced proper hand washing technique to their village. They showed us how first, they cover their hands in ground turmeric, then they wash their hands until the turmeric is gone.

It takes a fair amount of scrubbing to wash off the bright yellow spice, and the resourceful women tell their audiences that it takes the same dedication to get rid of invisible germs.

Capital: New Delhi
Population of 1.2 billion
77 million lack access to safe water
769 million lack access to improved sanitation
59% of the total population lives on less than US$2 per day