I can't let 2016 go by without encouraging everyone to vote for the Lingap Childrens Foundation. They have not only rescued these children from the street, but have educated them; hence, their lives will be forever changed. Please go to their website and read of this incredible endeavor. More importantly please consider their "Place At the Table" program. For a mere $300 a year they are able to house, feed and educate a child. This is truly a wonderful program.
Once again I would like to encourage EVERYONE to donate to this incredible children's foundation. Lingap has not only saved children's lives but also educated and gave them the tools to literally turn their lives around. Without a doubt it is my absolute FAVORITE charity. The founder, John Drake, is truly an AMAZING individual. He and his Board of Directors personally pay for all administrative costs, hence, donors have the assurance that every cent they donate is used for the children. I know of no better return on my investment. Mr. Drake also regularly keeps all donors advised of current events. I feel blessed having interacted with him -- I think he's a living saint. Please check out their website (www.lingapcenter.org) and read the lovely and beautiful story of Lingap. I promise you, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. Then please consider donating to their "Place At The Table Program" -- for a mere $300 a year they can house and educate a child. That's less than we spend everyday on coffee. Please think seriously about it, you won't be sorry!
I've been donating to the Center since 2006 and have been to the Center 5 times. It has been the best experience of my life. John took us to visit the schools and homes the children came from. He has saved these children from deplorable conditions and given them a great chance at a new life. The Center and staff are the best. The children love having us there and we love showering with our love. I'm planning on going again this year, and can't wait to see them all
again. Please keep donating to this great Charity.
I'm John Ryan and I am one of the Lingap kids. I was admitted at the Center when I was 6 years old back in the April of 2004 at the old Lingap Center, which was literally a converted pig-slaughterhouse. Life before I came to the Lingap Center was pretty hard. I lost my mother because of pneumonia and my father was jobless. He hardly could not provide all the basic needs of our family of 9 children. I cannot eat 3 meals a day or most of the time, eat nothing at all. I was very sickly all those years brought by malnutrition. That is why, I am very thankful and happy for this enormous blessing and all the people behind this project especially to Tito John and his family for they wholistically changed me. I am now very healthy and am studying at a prestigious school outside of Cebu. This would not have happened if not for the Lingap Center who gave me another chance to have a life and an education. Thank you very much!
I was blessed enough to visit the Lingap Center for a week in late May/early June and the experience exceeded my expectations. John Drake spoke at our church 3 years ago and my wife and I have been Place at the Table contributors since then. We were so impressed with the approach to operating the Center, but most of all, the success that the Center has had with children who really had no hope at all. Seeing the squatter villages where several of the children used to live and the Center itself first hand gave me a great appreciation for the truly miraculous efforts of the Lingap manager and staff and the far reaching impact that the Lingap Center has on the surrounding community, especially the schools and a few of the children's families that the Lingap staff provided a small bag of food to, gave me a great appreciation for what is being accomplished. As John likes to quote, "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God." In this instance though, while I saw many things in the squatter villages that must break the heart of God, what I was most touched by is that my heart is rejoicing at the Lingap Center and it's kids for God's heart must also be rejoicing. We will continue to be strong supporters of the Lingap Childrens Foundation and have already started encouraging others to join us.
Hi this is Dave in Tucson Arizona. I am extremely blessed to be married to an alumni of Lingap Children's Foundation. I met Aileen Bantolinao when she was completing an internship as part of her college degree from University of San Carlos. Aileen was working at the Marriott Hotel in Cebu and I was very impressed with her demeanor and personality and realized very quickly that there was something very special that set her apart from the other employees. After her internship was completed we started dating and I took the time to find out that she was raised from age 8 at the Lingap Children's Center and was now completing her college degree in Tourism Management. This climate of success was created by the Lingap Children's Center under the guidance of John Drake. It is an age old axiom that the values a child learns at an early age are what sets their life time agenda. In Aileen's case it is obvious that the values instilled by her Mother before her passing and the real world, work ethic and personal traits of human respect and pride in self and accomplishment from the Lingap Center are the heart of what sets her apart and makes her a joy to be around. She is appreciated by all who know her. Aileen enjoys life and is obviously, very appreciative of her opportunities and takes every opportunity to help others in subtle ways.. always giving a "hand up" and not a hand out. From the beginning of our relationship and constantly reinforced, is my understanding of just how irreplaceable the upbringing at Lingap is to Aileen and hundreds of other young people who would NEVER have the opportunity to achieve without the Lingap Children's Center. I am very proud to start our continuing donations to Lingap tonight and will continue to do so in the years to come.
Greetings to everyone! This is Aileen Bantolinao, a former Lingap ward for almost 12 years. I am now happily married with my wonderful husband Dave and we are now residing in Tucson, Arizona. I spent my elementary and high school years while at Lingap. The Lingap Children's Foundation financed my further education where I attended at the University of San Carlos and completed my Bachelor's Degree in Tourism Management in Cebu City, Philippines. Following my degree completion, I was offered a yearlong internship at the Baltimore Country Club - one of the most Prestigious Clubs in the world. I am very fortunate. All of these wonderful things that I have received would not have been possible without the help and guidance of Tito John Drake, the Founder of the Lingap Children's Foundation who is not just a provider but stands as a great Father figure when our own could not. The guidance, life skills training and values provided by the Lingap Children's Foundation are with me everyday. It is truly an honor to have completed my degree and everyday of my working life will be influenced by my upbringing at Lingap. Now that I am an alumni to the Lingap Children's Foundation, its my honor to help and give back.
I am a former staff of the Lingap Center ,I miss the kids when they sing "God help the outcast "and one of the favorite songs of JFD ."What a wonderful world", the accommodating and very friendly staff.The thought of was being part of the institution makes me proud since I have seen all the successful Lingap kids like Aileen Bantolinao, Rhocsan Baron, Morin Jade Lacay, Mark Jay Tabo and his salutatorian sister Rosemae and others , I felt so bless to know these kids grow and succeeded and these good things happened in the Philippines will not be possible without the help and efforts of an American guy John F. Drake. He is also helping or extending help through community outreach, in schools also like West Bay Learning Center, Toledo Science National School as far as I know since the school principals told me since I am now having my teaching career. I also miss the conversation with the US visitors were we laugh our indifferences, especially Jane and Tita Judy also. You need not to be the president of the Philippines just to help those who are in need . To all US supporters, in behalf of all Toledanos\ Filipinos we owe you all a lot .
I am very grateful to be part of the Lingap Center since 2007, I would take this opportunity to thank my boss Sir John Drake, for accepting my imperfections and willing to accept me for who I am. Being a Filipino it is very hard for me to cope up, but you try to understand me as well as the other staff. i am also thankful to Tita Judy of course, to the travellers keep coming and spread the GOOD NEWS and to all the Lingap Supporters, in behalf of the kids and staff, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I joined the Lingap Children's Foundation as a social worker since 2013. I have been working to several residential cares for disadvantaged children but I find the big difference because at Lingap we work as a real family. The staff considered the children as their own. We showed our genuine love and care where these kids are being deprived of such. We inculcate in them the good moral values, empowered to stand and protect their rights and you can see them being transformed dramatically. Children whose knowledge is only to beg and just lived on the streets, hopeless and no education but once they arrived at Lingap the transformation began. As a social worker, I find my greatest achievement seeing the kids changed and I salute the founder, Mr. John Drake for making difference of the lives our less privileged children.
After hearing John Drake speak, our family was immediately touched by this charity and the children's situations. After hearing more about the Lingap Center we decided to help with donations, and we are very glad that we have. This charity is a not only saving children from the poor streets of the Philippines, but staging them for a successful life by not only looking after their needs to be feed and clothed, but the Lingap center is amazingly focused on their educational and mental well being of all the children. The team there has also been apart of so many miracles it would be to hard to list them all. If anyone would like to read more about John Drake and the wonderful miracles, he offers his story in a free ebook: http://www.lingapcenter.org/pdf/GodsCall.pdf . This is a real life story of the Lingap Center and the children. It is a story that will touch your heart to what a true miracle that the Lingap Center is.
John Drake spoke at a mission in my parish several years ago and was inspirational. I made a one-time donation but decided two years ago to donate monthly. I know the foundation is saving and improving the lives of many children and am happy that all of my donation goes directly to support the children. I have talked with John personally and his letters are very informative.