Indian water cart

Meher Free Dispensary porch

Cultural Differences

Communal drinking water

At Meherazad and Meherabad, safe drinking water is provided in large black clay pots covered with tin lids. Nearby you'll find a brass dipper and some plastic or aluminum cups. The brass dipper is used to pour water from the pot into the cups.

Since the cups are used by all, be sure not to drink from the actual lip of the cup. Just tip your head back, hold the cup directly vertical about two inches away from your mouth, and pour water directly into it. If this isn't possible, then wash the cup at the tap. When you're through, replace the dipper, cup, and lid where you found them.

Eastern toilets

Eastern toilets differ from their Western counterparts in several ways. Instead of a raised seat with a toilet bowl, the Eastern variety is floor level, usually with a footrest on either side of the opening. Instead of toilet paper, water is provided in a bucket or tap, along with a small jar or cup, for cleaning purposes.

Never contaminate the water supply by dipping your fingers into the jar or bucket. Pour waste water into the toilet bowl only - never back into the jar or bucket. After using the toilet, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. As a further precaution, you may want to follow the Eastern rule of hygiene: left hand for toilet, right hand for eating.