LINGAP CHILDRENS FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   188 reviews

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a professional with expertise in this field, I recognize the extraordinary work being done at Lingap, using wonderful best-practices. As a result of their consistent great work, I am now both a volunteer and regular donor. John Drake and this group are committed, passionate professionals with a wildly successful program, that should be copied by other organizations.

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John Drake is tireless in telling people the good news of the many successes of the Lingap Center. He has visited our church several times and is generous with his time, answering questions, showing photos, and telling stories. The children who find food, shelter, and education through Lingap are thriving, and several are now in college. (One has graduated college!) The Lingap Foundation is truly working miracles! My family donates to a program called "A Place at the Table" that helps the Center buy food for the kids. We consider this money very well invested! They also have a talented choir, and they sound like angels!

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Tito John was my hero as he was there when I have no one to turn to. I spent all my life hearing and listening to him of how important education is and that proves it as I was able to graduate and have college degree and got an internship here at Baltimore Country Club. I am so lucky and very blessed. Thank you Tito John and to the people who has been there supporting the Lingap Children's Foundation. I owe you a lot. God will bless you.

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I had the great good fortune to spend a weekend at the Lingap Center in 2010 as a guest of John Drake, the Founder, and had an amazing experience. This opportunity came about because I was working in Cebu, Philippines at the time and happened to be a member of Transfiguration Catholic Church in Atlanta, Ga. Transfiguration was launching a partnership with Lingap and I offered to go to the center and write a report for my Pastor. In short, Lingap Center is an extraordinary place and the work that has been done so far to give the children not just a chance to survive but an opportunity to thrive and share their God-given talents with the world puts Lingap in a class of its own. In my view and from my observations and experience, the Lingap Center is a reflection of the Holy Spirit working through mortal men and women here on earth. The Lingap Center is indeed divinely inspired and is a model for others to follow. God Bless the continued work of John and his team at the Lingap Center. Maureen Kennedy Shanahan

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Having a Filipino father and always being interested in helping Filipino children to lead a better life than their parents, I was very impressed after learning about John Drake's efforts for the Lingap Children's Foundation. Since then, my husband Gene and I have contributed to Drake's efforts to provide these children with a "hand up" rather than a "hand out" approach, which is what my father would have done without hesitation. We are amazed at what this man has achieved since devoting the rest of his life for the benefit of these Filipino children.

Frances & Gene Schayer

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My involvement in joining such a dedicated group as the Lingap Children's Foundation has truly opened my eyes to the needs of the children. You need only to see the growth in the children to realize the foundation is non stop in creating new avenues for the children to learn, have proper nutrition, community involvement and the necessary medical care. The program A Place at the Table really makes me feel like an extended family member to the children and now many young adults.
The joy in knowing a child who was found in dire need is currently part of an apprenticeship in the USA makes my commitment one that will be life long. I am on the committee formed within our church.
I am impressed with the founders who came to us seeking support and have continued to be with us at meetings and socials. They heard their calling and embraced it. God Bless them all who have made this foundation part of their stewardship.

Ginny Kulesa
Transfiguration Catholic Church

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I have worked with the Lingap ministry in my church for the last few years. Never have I seen an organization more focused on the children and their success than with Lingap. I've seen the lives saved by the personal intervention of one of board members who happened to be making house visits during his stay in Lingap. I've seen kids go from being banned from entering the church building to being a valued member of the choir. I've seen kids learning how to cook well enough to earn money using these skills. I've seen children discovered who have incredible scientific minds. I've seen children able to succeed in elementary and high school, and now they are proceeding on to college and tech schools. They are becoming productive citizens in a country where they were given little or no chance. Lingap should be a model for centers that focus on the success of children who, otherwise, would have no chance in the world. Please support Lingap in any way you can.

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I am amazed at the progress they have made in the Lingap organization. I have met some of the children that have come over they are simple amazing. They have defiantly put the money to good use.

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I am a member of our church ministry who supports the Lingap Center and my husband and I support A Place at the Table. We have had the privilege to meet John Drake and also a few of the children from the Lingap center. They are all truly amazing. The story of how John started the center is heartwarming. I encourage everyone to look at the website and read the stories and look at the pictures and videos. This is truly what life is about. Caring and supporting those in need. The fact that 100 percent of our donations go directly to the Lingap Center speaks volumes. Last year our 24 year old son gave us the most perfect Christmas gift. He made a donation to the Lingap Center in our name. He was so moved by what he saw on the website and realized that making a donation was the perfect gift.

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If you want to make a difference, then Lingap is an organization where you can have significant impact. My wife and I support a number of organizations in both education and child welfare, and I can say with certainty this is the one where I know our support is completely focused on those whom the mission serves. We are each made in the image and likeness of Christ, unique and never to be repeated. John Drake and the Lingap center trustees understand this at their core, and I have profound respect for their tireless servant leadership.
Rick H

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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.

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

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

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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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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.

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

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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