Through Bimala’s dream to share God’s love with the disadvantaged in Kathmandu, Higher Ground Café was born in 2006, followed by a bakery and craft business. Higher Ground now employs over thirty people and provides employees with dignity and income for their families. These enterprises especially seek to provide opportunities for ‘at-risk’ women and youth, many of whom are economically marginalized and turn to sex-trafficking in order to support their families. Employees develop their spiritual, social and financial wisdom, in addition to learning the concrete skills of baking, coffee-making, jewelry designing, sewing, and more.
In 2010, a non-profit and non-governmental organization called Higher Ground Community Development Nepal (HGCDN) was established and is now funded through the revenue generated from the three branches of Higher Ground. HGCDN supports several programs:
- A scholarship program to provide education to over 20 disadvantaged or orphaned children throughout Nepal.
- A safe-home to shelter women who were rescued from dance-bars or living in unsafe living environments.
- A counseling center to empower and restore trafficked victims whose struggle out of bondage continues.
- A micro-enterprise loan program to provide funds for and further the dreams of small business such as pig farms, shops, tailors, and bakeries.
- Programs and dance-bar outreaches to raise the awareness of human trafficking and to rescue trafficked girls
Higher Ground Ministries has been recognized on many occasions as an important Non-Profit NGO in Nepal.
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