Why We Do It
Our name means hope!
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.
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.
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.