Our work seeks to help both those young survivors who now make their home in the United States and those who stayed behind to rebuild their homes in West Africa.
From our base in Rhode Island, Higher Ground brings together the local community; over 200 volunteers and families to support these young people in their efforts to build new lives far from the pain they survived in their homelands
As part of our mission, Higher Ground has innovated a new twist to the common NGO model in Africa. We believe that restoring communities is best done by those who live there and feel a sense of pride and purpose in their homes.
With this idea in mind, we have created a sustainable environment that is characterized by partnerships of respect and dignity—partnerships where villages come together to care for a particularly damaged contingent of young people who have been broken during14 years of civil wars.
Imagine an 8-year-old boy in your neighborhood. Picture him playing basketball, practicing his dribble, jumping every time he tosses the ball in the air, and narrating his own color commentary as he dreams of all the things he’ll someday accomplish.
Suddenly, a car screeches to a halt near him, two young men jump out holding guns and wearing camouflage gear and boots, and run over to him. They grab him, hustle him into the car, slam the doors, and race off.