Ayual Community Development Association Background

The idea for an organization began after many were displaced from home as a result of war. The Ayual community students attending school in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Northern Kenya developed the idea and former head chief of the Nyuak Payam and senior SPLA officer, Bul Kuer Manyok Duot, encouraged the students to move forward with this powerful vision. He brought the idea to church leaders to help with implementation. The Rev. Deng Chol Deng, a senior priest of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, recognized the idea as being crucial and extended it to community members. The Rev. Bul Garang and Rev. Simon Yak, among others, become active in that process and in 2000, the Ayual Community in Kakuma Refugee Camp elected a leadership team of nine individuals headed by Malual Ajak Mabil. At that time, the organization was known as the Ayual Students and Welfare Association and it worked to provide books and other basic educational supplies to Ayual students in the camp and to establish a learning center for them.

Soon after that, Ayual community members began resettling outside of Africa and the association recognized the importance of continuing the vision in other areas where Ayual community members lived. The Ayual community's lost boys and girls who resettled in the U.S. from 2000 through 2001, later organized themselves and began contributing resources to support this organization and soon objectives were expanded beyond the scope of education. As a result, the association's name was changed in 2003 to the Ayual Community Development Association (ACDA). The ACDA was incorporated under the leadership of David Biar Gak in March of 2004 with the assistance of the Blank Rome Law Firm in Philadelphia. The ACDA now has branches around the globe, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan.

ACDA Leadership Team

The ACDA leadership team is comprised of members of the Ayual Community Development Association, elected from attendees of our bi-annual ACDA Conference and Reunion meetings. Current leadership is listed below.

Executive Team

Yak Lueth Atem


Jackson, MS


Deng Aleer Chut

Vice President

Des Moines, IA


Yaak Chol Jurkuch


Omaha, NE


Ajak Bul Ayiel

Deputy Secretary

Louisville, KY


Barach Kuany Barach


Omaha, NE


Maketh Bul Mabior

Deputy Treasurer

Chicago, IL


Board Members

Dau Bul Ajak

Board Chairman

Richmond, VA


Ajak Dhieu Ayual

Deputy Board Chairman

Omaha, NE


Akech Cheluel Atem

Planning & Development

Phoenix, AZ


Jim J. Thompson

Project Coordinator

Omaha, NE


Akuol Deng Reech

Assistant Project Coordinator

Sioux Falls, SD


Advisory Board

Ajang Jurkuch Akoi

Jacksonville, FL


Ajak Garang Malual

Denison, IA


Dhieu Angok Aguer

St. Louis, MO