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Answers to frequently asked questions about the Ashenafi Lom Foundation.

What is the mission of the Ashenafi Lom Foundation?

Ashenafi’s life mattered. He touched many people in a profound way. We wish to use the lessons of his brief life to help others live better.  We wish to give hope to those who are hurting. In this way, he will continue to make a difference.

The Foundation focuses on:

  • Youth education about emotional regulation and healthy thinking

  • Public awareness of ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences Score) and how it relates to future mental and physical health

  • Suicide prevention outreach on Guam including resources for youth struggling with mental health difficulties 

What are the credentials of this foundation?

The Ashenafi Lom Foundation is a registered 501-3c charity on Guam and in the United States. Our certificate can be found here.

How will donations be used?

100% of donations will be used to fund the mission. No salaries are given by the Foundation and no funds are used for personal purposes. All efforts are done by volunteers. An annual report will be filed and posted on this website.

What is the ACES score?

Adverse experiences in childhood can negatively affect brain development and gene expression with severe consequences. The ACES score is a scientifically validated questionnaire that quantifies childhood trauma and has predictive value about future mental and physical health outcomes. Parents, teachers, foster families, doctors, and psychologists can use this score to help assess future risks and to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.

You can learn more about the ACES quiz here.

What is emotional regulation?

We experience emotions our entire lives, but emotional regulation is not an ability we are born with. As babies, we cry uncontrollably or throw tantrums because we yet haven't learned what to do with overwhelming feelings. Our parents and caretakers are the first guides that show us how our emotions work and what to do with them. When we find it difficult to regulate our emotions once we've grown up, it may be because we've never actually been taught how. Painful childhood experiences, abuse, or traumatic events can also affect our ability to recognize and manage what we are feeling.

Emotions themselves are neither good nor bad, but our experiences with them can be difficult or painful. When we don't know how to deal with distress, we might turn to unhelpful patterns—avoiding or fixating on negative emotions—without realizing it.

To learn more, click here.

I have ideas about teen suicide prevention and promoting mental health on Guam.  What can I do to help?

Connect with us!  We love to hear your ideas and want to partner with others who share our passion for helping young people. Our contact form can be found at the bottom of the page or you can email Jitka Lom at

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