The Kenya Rainwater Association (KRA) is a non-governmental, non-political, and non-profit making national membership association. Its mission is to improve water supply, food security, and environmental sustainability through development, improvement, and promotion of rainwater harvesting and management (RHM) systems and complementary technologies.
Vision and mission
KRA's vision is that all people have access to safe, reliable and sustainable water supplies for productive uses. KRA's mission is to improve water supply, food security, and environmental sustainability through development, improvement, and promotion of RHM systems and complementary technologies in partnership with other stakeholders. To achieve its mission, KRA's main objectives are:
To promote RHM systems and complementary technologies as a source of water for domestic, livestock, agricultural, and commercial use;
To build capacity in RHM systems and complementary technologies among professionals, artisans, and communities;
To provide technical support and consultancy services especially to organised community groups and development partners (e.g. NGOs working in the water and agriculture sector);
To achieve effective collaboration, networking, and information exchange at national, regional, and international levels; and
To enhance publicity about, and policy and advocacy on, RHM.
Membership and networks
KRA members include: non-governmental organisations (NGOs), religious organisations, government departments, development organisations, private sector, research and training institutions, and a variety of community-based organisations (CBOs). CBO members are directly involved in the application, utilisation, and promotion of RHM technologies. KRA is also a founder member of two regional networks: the Greater Horn of Africa Rainwater Partnership (GHARP) and the Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network (SearNet). Both these networks are very effective in technology transfer, information sharing, collaboration, and networking.
KRA was formed out of a need arising from concerns raised in the various national and international conferences during the International Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (1981–1990) to develop and promote rainwater harvesting technologies, management, and utilisation as a viable supplement to conventional water sources. KRA was officially registered with the Government of Kenya (GoK) in 1994 under section ten of the Societies Act. Currently, the organisation has a membership of over 300 with activities all over the country.