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October 15th is Global Handwashing Day. This year, Voss Foundation, Nest and Hand in Hand are joining forces to support and bring awareness to this important event. 1500 bacteria live on just 1 centimeter of your hand and 2 million children die each year from water-related diseases, but washing hands with soap and clean water can reduce that number by 47%.

We have been partnering with Nest to bring clean water and sanitation services to 6,300 people in Swaziland – Nest artisans and their communities. Hand in Hand is a business built on the premise that for every bar of soap sold, they will donate one bar of soap and one month of clean water to one person.

Leading up to Global Handwashing Day, all three organizations will post dedicated updates and tweets across social media. Share and retweet them to be entered to win a gift bag with goodies from each nonprofit and our partners.

When you promote washing hands with soap and clean water, you can save countless lives – but people in many parts of Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to soap and water, and therefore they are vulnerable to and suffer from deadly illnesses.

When Voss Foundation builds a clean water project in a community, we provide clean water for handwashing. In the photo above in May 2012 a student at the Hope Mission School in Paynesville, Liberia, showed Voss Foundation’s Executive Director, Kara Gerson, how she had learned to wash her hands after going to the bathroom. The clean water, latrines, and infrastructure were provided by Voss Foundation through our 2011 Women Helping Women campaign. In the photo below, a Voss Foundation donor demonstrates the tippy-tap handwashing solution used by the Nest artisans (and Voss Foundation Women Helping Women beneficiaries) she visited on a donor trip to Swaziland, in June 2013.

Washing hands can ward off germs that cause diarrhea, skin diseases, eye worms and intestinal worms, which are common in Sub-Saharan Africa and around the world.

Just 20 seconds with soap and water washes away the possibilities of preventable disease. Visit the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW) to learn more about Global Handwashing Day 2013.

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