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Lingap Childrens Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   212 reviews 11,304

Nonprofit Issues:

International

Address:

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

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Reviews for Lingap Childrens Foundation

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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In 2009 I volunteered at the Lingap Center. Today, I am still in touch with some of the young people I met during my life changing experience. They are going to college, becoming successful adults, and becoming worthwhile citizens. When one came to the U.S. two summers ago I took her around one of the area universities. Her soul mission, to give back and help others. I continually hear from these young adults; the Lingap Center made the difference. Where would they be today without the Center?
We are now donors and active supporters of Lingap. The university where I teach, I always share about the work at the Lingap Center. Poor children are capable, poor children have potential, and poor children do not chose to be poor. This center is living testimony of quality work in our world. This first hand testimony to college students is always motivating to them. They always discuss their desire to do more with the poor in the U.S. and around the world. Lingap is a living legacy that needs to replicated throughout the world.

 
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What a beautiful project - helping children who would otherwise be hopeless in a hostile environment for little children. Best of all, 100% of donations go directly to the benefit of these little children.

 
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If I only could choose one charity organization to contribute to, The Lingap Center would be it! What this group does is truly a miracle. The Lingap Center is an amazing agent of change in the Philippines! The best part ... 100% of your donation goes directly to the children.

 
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This is one of the most worthy causes that could be imagined, what they are doing in there small area of the world is truly, truly a Miracle! They are not only teaching ones to fish but they are teaching that it is important to teach others to fish! They are not just putting these children in a better place, they are making the world a better place, and their goodness will ripple through the world noticed and unnoticed but we will all find it a better for all of us! God Bless all that contribute small and large, and bless all the hope and smiles it brings to those innocent children!

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I came across the Lingap Center more than four years ago when I was looking for a good organization to volunteer for. Over time, I have gotten to know John Drake and his story; it is truly inspirational.

I am Filipino, but was born in Canada in the early seventies. I used to watch the Care International commercials that would run on TV as a young child. I told myself that when I am able that I wanted to give to children in poverty.

I decided to volunteer for the Lingap Center because of John Drake, his principles, and wise use of the money donated. Today, I am now at a point financially that I can become a "Place at the Table" monthly sponsor. So glad I am finally able to do this.

It truly is a little girl's dream come true.

Lee Muller

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Through a mutual friend from Michigan, I learned of John Drake and the Lingap Foundation last year. I was moved by what I learned from my friends and John himself that I joined immediately as a sponsor. My granddaughter read a Lingap flyer on my desk and pledged her Confirmation Mitzbah to Lingap. She, too was touched by the Lingap narrative. Three weeks ago, I visited Lingap with my grandson and son along with my sister. Like those who have reported on their visit to the center, we were moved and overwhelmed. My sister and I were born and raised in the Philippines and have settled in the US. We have been exposed to poverty and its consequences especially to innocent children. To see these children beaming with joy, contentment, appreciation and happiness at meeting us, total strangers, was too much to take in the instant we were in the courtyard. The children came up and hugged each of us and brought us indoors. From this chaos of welcoming gleeful souls, a little boy of 3 or 4 years of age, clung to my leg and would not let go until I picked him up. He wrapped his little arms around my neck and cuddled his little head on my shoulder. All the others seemed like they wanted to do the same. I could not tell whether he claimed me, or, I claimed him. But, we were one for a long time... ! A counselor then whispered to me that they had just taken him in a couple of weeks back. His parents are both in jail. He was a severely abused child ! Now, all he knew was to seek love and give love !
What I saw in the eyes of all of these souls, and felt in each of their embraces, is the one singularly most important gift Mr. John Drake gave them. And that is the gift of HOPE ! For the first time in their lives these once abandoned, abused and neglected children have hope ! Hope that they will see the dawn of another day. An even better day, full of promise and a limitless horizon that has been gifted to them by John and Lingap.
There is no doubt in my mind about this ! The Alumni/Alumnae of this magnificent program are proof of this magnificent work. Lingap needs our support. They need funds and not goods. Well meaning folks have donated instruments, books, equipment that often lie dormant and preserved in closets. These are of no immediate use to the children and the center. What they need are funds, dollars, recurring donations that can be relied upon to enable reliable long term budgeting and planning. I have upped my sponsorship and have encouraged friends and relations to support this tremendous undertaking. I will also include Lingap in my will.
It is the very least I can do. I can no longer travel back to the Philippines readily. I am 76 and aging each day.
My visit to Lingap will bolster my spirits through my remaining years. Those children need our love and dedication. God bless you, Mr. John Drake ! God has a special place for folks like you !
Fidel Exconde MD

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I just returned from a trip with John and Judy Drake to visit the Lingap Center. I was amazed at how clean and well kept the facility was. The staff, serving the children, were compassionate and caring. The educational opportunities available to the kids were miraculous. Most importantly, the children were loving, happy and thankful. They understood the significance of God's love, shown to them by the miracle of strangers, who without knowing them, offer them the opportunity of hope and a future. Please realize that due to the generosity of many and great sacrifice by a few, 100% of donations benefit the children directly.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I volunteered with the Lingap Center from 2008 through 2010, and I can say that it is simply amazing how far the donations to the Center go. The board of directors and employees of the center do everything they can to efficiently put all donations to the best use possible. I visited multiple orphanages in the Philippines, and the Lingap Center was by far the best. John Drake, the board of directors, and the employees at the Lingap Center all strive to give the best possible care to the orphaned and impoverished child of Toledo City. To put it simply, the Lingap Center saves lives, and gives opportunities to children that they may never have dreamed possible.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Lingap saves lives as well as educating. Thanks for your service.!

 
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