The Balanda Community Association is a 501(c) (3) charitable non-profit community organization formed in Denver, Colorado, USA in December 2008 to bring together all the Balanda in Diaspora to address the neglected educational, health, economics, environmental, and agricultural food security needs of the Balanda people in Western Equatoria and Western Bahr Ghazal States in the Sudan in the post protracted civil wars, which have ravaged the Balanda People and the Southern Sudan for the past fifty five years.
The Balanda people, based on the population census of 2009, are among the largest ethnic groups in Southern Sudan. They inhabit the land stretching from the Equator in Western Equatoria State along the borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic to about 7.5 degrees above the Equator in Western Bahr Ghazal State. The formation of the Balanda Community Association is our best attempt to secure the active participation in the rebuilding of our community devastated by twenty two years long civil war that ended with the signing of the Sudan Comprehensive Peace Agreement on January 9th, 2005 in Naivasha, Kenya between the Government of Sudan (GOS) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/SPLA). Our strategic goal is to rebuild our community through self-initiated community grass-roots funded projects in the areas of education, health, agriculture, and water sanitation.