Transcending Trauma

through safe, sensitive education


Our Purpose

Project: Pag-asa (Tagalog for hope) serves young Filipino orphans and survivors of abuse and neglect by providing trauma-sensitive, age-appropriate education in a safe, bilingual setting with aim to restore potential and break cycles of abuse and poverty.

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The Need

In a local, shame- and class-based society, orphaned, abandoned, and abused children are stigmatized as unwanted, making them targets for bullying and discrimination, so they fall further behind academically, emotionally, and socially.

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What We Do

Pag-asa means HOPE! Project: Pag-asa incorporates Christ’s redemptive love, trauma-awareness, positive attachment, and self-regulation tools into the daily classroom.

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How We Do It

Project: Pag-asa is more than a school. It is a nurturing environment attuned to the needs of each child, committed to fostering attachment and, through the redeeming Gospel, restoring potential--academic, social, emotional, and spiritual.

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Our Story

In 2012 a Canadian teacher began a tutoring service to a local children’s home, mostly unaware of the impact of debilitating life circumstances on fragile children. Reversing these effects is now her passion.

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You turned my loud crying into dancing. You removed my clothes of sadness and dressed me with joy. So my heart will sing your praises. I can’t keep silent. Lord, my God, I will praise you forever. Psalm 30:11-12 NIRV