A Teacher Looks to the Future

Nagveni is a teacher in teacher in the suburbs of Bangalore

As a teacher in the suburbs of Bangalore, Nagveni teaches her young students just how important good sanitation and proper hygiene can be.

Each day, young students filter in and out of the nursery school where Nagveni works. Like kids all over the world, they are curious and inquisitive about the world around them. Playing, laughing, and learning together. Making new friends, and sharing ideas.

But smiles aren't the only thing they're sharing. Just like their peers in other parts of the world, Nagveni sees the kids in her classroom sharing germs. And, in a country where nearly 800 million people lack access to a toilet, those germs can be particularly nasty.

That's why Nagveni is so insistent about telling all the little boys and girls she teaches about the importance of good hygiene. As she put it, "toilets, good hand washing, cutting their nails, bathing – small children don't know how important these things are. We have to teach them, so they can live long and healthy lives!"

Nagveni's passion for the future makes her a great teacher. It also makes her a hero.

Nagveni poses on a step

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