LINGAP CHILDRENS FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   198 reviews 6,248

Issues: International

Location: PO Box 1553 % John F Drake Jackson MI 49204 USA

Mission: The Lingap Center provides hope for children who have suffered from child abuse, abandonment, neglect and exploitation. At the Center, we create a safe haven for kids who would otherwise be in life-threatening situations.
Geographic areas served: Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Lingap Children's Foundation not only provides the basic needs of the abandoned, abused and neglected children, founder John Drake's passion in ensuring the children's well being far extends his personal relationship with EACH and EVERY child and Lingap staff. John Drake knows every single Lingap child by name, by personal history, and by their respective academic achievements because he personally sits down with each child and looks them straight in the eye to let them know the importance of education. Tito John as he is fondly called instills empowerment in every child for them to thrive from survival to potential and self sustainability.

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I've been associated with LinGap a long time. It is THE MOST OUTSTANDING organization of it's kind.

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I have been a donor and promotor of Lingap since it's founding. Unlike most donors I have had the pleasure of visiting the Center in both it's old location and the fantastic new one, over the last 8 years.
I know the staff, children, and founder John Drake. I strongly urge all to support this effort to improve the lives of the street children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only improvement I would consider possible would be to enlarge it.

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I'm a long time supporter of this charity, and personally familiar with it's work in Toledo City, RP. I have visited the center every year since 2007. The children are smiling, happy, and hard working. Several of the wards have completed college with the assistance of Lingap. Currently 13 students are enrolled in college. ALL of the wards attend school. One is currently enrolled in special needs programs.The center itself is clean, neat, and an outstanding example for others. I am PROUD to be a supporter of it's work.

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Life-changing

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2012

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I visited Lingap again this year with my wife and daughter. I found the center to be immaculate (the kids clean it), and it is in excellent repair. The children have made great strides in their education. This time, I visited the schools attended by the children, and talked to the principal.

I was also present when 23 of the wards were confirmed at the cathedral on fiesta day.

We were impressed.

I am personally familiar with the center, and it's staff . I am familiar with Toledo city, and maintain a residence there. I can recommend it most highly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I KNOW the children. I've been visiting there for the past 5 years. I believe 15 of the wards are now attending college. The greatest accomplishment is..their smiles.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand it, so that children on ythe mountain could be helped.

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I am a retired CPA. I have been involved with Lingap for 4 years. I have visited the center three times in the last 4 years. It is located only a short distance from my wife's home there in Toledo. She was a teacher in Toledo for 15 years. The center is a miracle. The children there are well cared for. The center is beautiful, well maintained, and staffed with highly qualified people. Education of the children is one of their highest priorities. The children are clean and courteous. Some of them comprise the choir of the local Catholic cathedral. It is very hard to believe the terrible circumstances of abuse and exploitation that have brought them to Lingap. The children are selected by the local department of social welfare. The center is greatly respected in the local community. It is indeed a model for such establishments. I have never seen a better one. Lingap attends the needs of up to 100 children. The organization is small. Neither John Drake nor any of the other board members receives any salary at all. Every dollar contributed goes to the welfare of the children. John Drake is a hero, and a real christian.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally visited the center three times. I know some of the children by name, and some of the staff. I've attended church with the children, and have eaten a meal there. There are presently 11 children attending college. That is really extraordinary.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I can't think of anything that I'd change.

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Definitely

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What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Personal visit to the original Lingap Center.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

It is the most extraordinary charity I have ever encountered.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Your money is well spent. Your heart will be glad.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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For years our Church sponsored a school in Haiti, only to find out that the funds were being misappropriated. Our pastor then looked to find a charitable organization that truly cared about the welfare of others that could be trusted with our stewardship. John Drake came to our Church and gave a talk on how the Holy Spirit called to him in the Philippines. This man unselfishly gave of himself to help the forgotten children there. Every dime that you donate to this organization goes to help the children have a home, get nourishment and get an education. The children he has helped have spoken at my Church to say how the Lingap Center saved their life. I admire John Drake and the work he does at the Lingap Center and I love the children there. For the price of a fast food dinner for your family you can sponsor a Place at the Table for a child and you can know that every dime ($25 a month) is spent on the child-- not some CEO. God Bless John Drake and the children of the Lingap Center.

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Mahatma Gandhi
If you at a point in your life that you have time to "give back" or "pay forward" I suggest that you take the time to do your homework before you haphazardly donate your time and effort. I too was in your shoes and looking for charity organizations that were making a difference in the world, but were doing so without high administrative costs or by making the creators and management wealthy. Lingap was created by John Drake, one for most selfless men I have met and he has created a miracle for these children by giving 100% of donations directly to the organization. I am very proud of my time, efforts and donations to help the Lingap Children's Foundation as I know they are very appreciated and is being managed by the best steward I know - John Drake! My hope is that you will give generously, but give WISELY, in your quest to share your good fortune.

Tina S. Walther - 734-395-8212

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2015

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If you have not met John Drake and heard about The Lingap Center you have missed an unbelievable miracle! He has created growth and beauty from a desperate situation. I didn't think I could add another thing to my plate, but found it is so easy when I realized what John has and is accomplishing. His presentation that details the the struggles they have endured and the successes they have had should be shown at every organization - especially ones that kids are involved in.
I am thrilled to have met John and his cause and feel blessed every time I contribute or have any interaction with such a noble cause!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more folks to get involved and have them spread the word!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

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2013

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John Drake keeps every Lingap child in his heart and and in our minds. I thank him for allowing others to help support those who serve as God's hands and feet on this important mission.

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John has brought the story of the Lingap Children's Foundation to the First Presbyterian Church of Hillsdale, Michigan on several occasions. We are moved by how the Lord has worked through John and the Lingap family. Our Ladies' Society and our whole church mission support Lingap with conviction that this foundation is doing as Christ instructed--minister to the poor and needy.

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A charity that utilizes 100% of what you donate to the cause is one in a million and that is exactly what the Lingap Children's Foundation is. This is our #1 charity now and for years to come. John Drake is exactly the kind of person you want to support and trust.

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Lingap Childrens Foundation is my VERY FAVORITE charity. It's unbelievable what John Drake has accomplished. Every penny donated is used for the children and not for any administrative costs, as Mr. Drake and his Board of Directors personally pay for all administrative expenses. These children who once lived on the street are now in school and attend Church. They anticipate that 21 children will be enrolled in college next year. Since education is the best defense against poverty, their lives will be totally changed. I love knowing that my mere $300 per year for Lingap's "Place At The Table" Program will feed, house and educate a child. What a fantastic return on such a small investment. Thank you, John for all you've done for these children and for the wonderful feeling I experience with each quarterly $75 donation.

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The Lingap Children's Foundation is my FAVORITE charity. Hopefully, this year will be the 3rd year that they've won top honors with "Great Nonprofits". They deserve it. I know of no other charity that is run so well, or made such a difference in the lives of countless homeless children. Please support them. Any amount will be helpful. As a donor in their "Place At The Table Program" I can't tell you how wonderful I feel knowing that my little $300 per year will make such a difference in the life of a child. Because John Drake and the Board of Directors pay all administrative costs, every penny donated truly goes to the children. For such a little amount, Lingap is able to house, feed and educate a child. Quite a fantastic return on investment, wouldn't you say? If you can't help them financially, please remember them in your prayers. Thank you :)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None - the best run organization I know of.

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Everyone -- Please know: Every cent contributed is used on the children. Absolutely no money is spent for administration expenses. Mr. Drake you're surely loved by each of the children who reside in the Lingap home, whose lives are forever changed as a result of this foundation. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to feel as if I'm really able to help in this wonderful endeavor by participating in the Lingap "Place At The Table" program -- for a mere $300 a year, Lingap is able to feed, clothe and educate a child. Surely the best return on any investment I could ever possibly make. Hugs and love to you, Mrs. Drake and all of the children!

Jean Barber

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I first learned of the Lingap Children's Foundation several years ago while reading a large (2 or 3-page) article in the Sunday edition of the Detroit Free Press. The Lingap Children's Foundation is an AWESOME organization. It was started by Mr. John Drake from Jackson, Michigan, in a very, very poor city named Toledo City, in the Philipines -- a country literally on the other side of our World. John was a business executive on what was going to be one of his last trips to the Philipines before his retirement I believe, but God had other plans for John! I strongly encourage you to visit Lingap's website (www.lingapcenter.org) and read this incredible, miraculous story -- it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. Lingap's first home had previously been a slaughter house for pigs. From that humble beginning, they have built a wonderful safe home for the children. John and his Board members pay for all administration costs. Every single penny donated to the Lingap Foundation goes for the children. I personally chose to participate in their "Place At The Table Program". For a mere $300 a year they are able to house, feed and educate a child. Truly, I can't tell you how good I feel when my quarterly payment of $75 is sent..................Just knowing that for such a small amount of money I'm helping in my own little way for a child to be provided with not only shelter, safety, and an education, but also LOVE. They even have tutors to help the children excel in their school work. They had several of their children graduate from college this year -- what an accomplishment. In addition to approximately 100 children who live at Lingap year round, they teach and feed literally hundreds of other street children. John stays in touch with all donors on a very regular basis by sending updated news letters. This organization is truly one of my absolute favorites. Please check out their website and perhaps help in any way that you can. Kindest regards.

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What John Drake from Jackson, Michigan, has done for more than 100-children in the Philippines is TRULY incredible! I read a 3-page article in the Detroit Free Press several years ago and was moved enough to become a member of this group's "Place At the Table".....For only $300.00 a year they are able to house, clothe and educate a child for the entire year! John Drake and members of their Board pay ALL administrative costs, so every single penny donated goes to the children. PLEASE read his 45-page document on this website named "I Heard God's Call, But How Will I Answer", maybe it will move you as it has me.................This program is so
successful. I'm thrilled each March when I make my donation, knowing that there is one child being cared for and given a chance in life due to that little amount of money. If you are unable to donate, please remember this wonderful organization in your prayers and spread the word among your friends.....It is an AWESOME charity.

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John Drake spoke at our church and we have been donors ever since - giving monthly. 100% of the overhead is handled by the Board, so every penny you donate goes to the children. John was asked to help and God has worked through his generous hands to help these children - in a personal way - and to bless the donors, with the knowledge they can be part of this blessing.

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I heard John speak at a mission week at our church. His devotion and passion to these children moved us to become monthly donors. His personal contact with us throughout the year is remarkable. the earthquake and typhoon were a personal experience to us, as we learned of the children's generosity towards others. Beauty blossoms where God's love exists...it has unfolded to include not only those children that have grown and shared as they do..but it had enriched us as well. It should be noted that 100% of your donation goes to the children, the Board absorbs the expenses.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None - except invite more people to be part of this group.

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2013

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