Why We Do It

Our name means hope!

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affected by trauma

All Pagasa students have experienced trauma, and many Pagasa students have experienced chronic (prolonged) trauma, complex (varied, multiple events), and interpersonal trauma whereby a child is dependent on the abusive adult, further compounding the damage.

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activated by fear

A child’s developing brain is especially vulnerable to trauma, activating fear and stress hormones, which, if left in this state, impact the child’s emotional, behavioral, and cognitive functions.

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lacking attachment

Without the opportunity to establish a safe attachment, secure base, or safe haven, neglected and abandoned children often lack self-regulation and a way to process trauma. Their needs for protection, assistance, comfort, and delight in have not been met; therefore, they are often overwhelmed by their own feelings and, in anxiety, act out in “fight-flight-freeze” response.

 

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.

Psalm 94:18-19 NIV