WaterAid America deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Posted by
Jeff Greene
4 August 2022
Water, Hygiene, Human rights
Ntsika, 16, on his way home with a bucket of water, in Ka-Ben, Lubombo Province, eSwatini, December 2018.
Image: WaterAid/ Nyani Quarmyne/ Panos

August 4, 2022 (New York, NY)
WaterAid America is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, along with two of her staff members.

I am grateful for the partnership of Congresswoman Walorski. She understood the impact that access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) has on people’s lives, especially for women and girls. We express our deepest condolences to her family and friends, and to her staff.
Kelly Parsons, CEO of WaterAid America

The Congresswoman was a founding member of the Congressional International Water and Sanitation Caucus, working to raise awareness on this important issue and garner support for global WASH access as part of US development policy and diplomacy. Rep. Walorski recognized how global WASH is connected to American interests, and continuously recognized the work that Indiana churches, Rotary clubs, and schools do to improve WASH around the world. She will be remembered not only for her support for global WASH, but also for her work on global maternal and child health and food security, and the work she did on behalf of her constituents.

WaterAid is an international nonprofit working to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a reality for everyone, everywhere within a generation. WaterAid works in more than 30 countries to change the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people. Since 1981, WaterAid has reached 28 million people with clean water, 28 million people with decent toilets and 26 million people with good hygiene.


  • 750 million people in the world – one in ten – do not have clean water close to home.
  • Two billion people in the world – almost one in four – do not have a decent toilet of their own.
  • Around 310,000 children under five die every year from diarrheal diseases caused by poor water and sanitation. That's around 800 children a day, or one child every two minutes. 

Every $2 invested in water and toilets returns an average of $8 in increased productivity.

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