LINGAP CHILDRENS FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   201 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.
Geographic areas served: Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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This article tells you why the Lingap center is so vital to the children and to the people in the surrounding villages. People who have nothing give all thay they have to the Lingap center. The actions of those so less fortunate than us speak volumes of what the Lingap center is all about.This article will tug at your heart. Read this and you be the judge of the importance of the Lingap Center. This update letter is going to be a bit different from previous editions. As you will recall, Itypically try to tell you how the Lingap children are doing and I am very pleased to announcethat all are doing just fine. The school year is moving along and all have survived the firstmarking period. Our 15 college students are doing remarkably well and our two collegegraduates have landed jobs with the Marriott Hotel in Cebu City!!, jIn this edition, I would like to focus on one of our other important outreach activities. In August,Fr. Geoff Rose, OSFS, the Lingap Chaplain, went with me to visit the Lingap Center (his fifthvisit). Along with the Lingap staff and LonnieCooper, our Peace Corps volunteer, we tookthe opportunity to celebrate Mass at several ofthe squatter villages in the area. The followingweekend, Fr. Geoff conducted a community-wide retreat at St. John de Sahagun CatholicChurch in Toledo City. We used an interpreterwhich was a unique but tremendous and funexperience for all of us!The squatter villages providethe roots for some of theLingap children and many stillhave families living there. It is at these locations that we hold our StreetChildren's Education programs five days a week. Fr. Geoff and I, however,wanted to reach out to the street children's families and extended families in adifferent manner. It was the first time that many of the villagers had ever been toa formal church service and we did it in their own little communities (outside). Itwas really a touching and unbelievably rewarding moment. One thing that struckme especially, was when they took up a collection afterward -- for us!! In onelocation, they donated the equivalent of $1.61 and at a second location, approximately $0.83.Clearly we were not expecting donations, but they wanted to give back for all that has been donefor them! The donations came directly from their hearts and they were given to us with a senseof amazing pride and joy.In one village, a lady prepared a feast for us after Mass consisting of rice, roasted chicken and(warm) Coke. I seriously doubt that her family had ever had a meal like the one she hadprepared in our honor. It was her way of expressing gratitude to us for taking the time to visitand especially for celebrating Mass together with them. They were so honored to have a priest and me visit their homes that our hostess did everything she could for us. She was crying as we Celebrated Mass in Larap Village
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She served us because it was such an unbelievable honor for her family. She refused to join us since it was her ‘privilege’ to serve us. We had to eat it of course, but we left as much as we could soshe would have food for her children. These villagers have nothing - nothing at all and live inthe worst possible poverty - yet they took up a collection during Mass and then later fed us!! Itsimply demonstrates that those who have nothing are the most generous of all. I am reminded once again of one of my favorite quotes from Bob Pierce who said: "Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God." My heart was certainly broken, yet filled with joy - it isreally difficult to describe my feelings in this situation. But I will freely admit that I absolutelylove the work that we do.As mentioned, the villagers seldom, if ever, had attended a formal church service. The church istoo far away for most of them and travel is difficult at best. Further, they are not particularlywelcome or at least they don't feel that they are. On the following Saturday evening, as we weredoing the community-wide retreat at the church, to our amazement, many of the villagers cameand filled in the front pews! I knew they were there because I could see them through my tears.Fr. Geoff added: "What an honor and a privilege it was to bring the Mass to these villagers.They were powerful experiences of the Body of Christ. To see many of those same faces come tothe retreat, told me that we had definitely accomplished our goals for this week!"This is just one of many examples in which the Lingap Center is empowering those who are lessfortunate. While our focus is always on the children, we are concerned about their communitiesand families as well. All of you, our supporters and Place at the Table sponsors, have made thispossible. It would not have happened without you. I can only thank you all so much for makingit possible. Together, all of us really are making a very big difference in many lives, both youngand old.As I remember those moments in the squatter villages, I am reminded of a quote from Jonas Salkin which he said:"I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.”

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We, the flower children of the 60s, were going to change the world. A few of us have. John Drake is one. John lived a comfortable life as a senior executive of a Michigan company. He has a happy married life in a great town with two kids to be proud of. But John had a memory. It was that of his Vietnam era navy service in the Philipines. He saw a lot of poverty and suffering particulalarly among the street children. He never forgot but more importantly he did something about it. This one man in faraway America began, built and continues to support a facility for poor and abused children. It is an amazing act of love for which I am happy to be an ongoing contributor. Joseph and Tisha Gallagher .

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My wife and I first heard the Lingap Foundation story presented by John Drake while attending church. John's story touched our hearts so deeply that we immediately felt the need to help these homeless children by contributing financially. We decided to sponsor a child "At the Table", knowing that 100% of our donation supports the child for one full year. The second year, we supported two chilren "At the Table". It is heartfelt to us knowing that several of the Lingap children are now in college. Just imagime, because of what Lingap provides, homeless children are now in college and have a chance to become positive contributors, not only taking care of themselves, but also helping others. We are thankful to be able to help children and John Drake, along with the dedicated staff of The Lingap Foundation.

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John Drake and the Lingap Center are the ultimate, highly-leveraged, grass roots organization. Why is it highly leveraged? Because John and his board members pay all administrative costs for fund raising. Every dollar collected goes to the Center in Toledo City, Phillipines. Why is it the ultimate grass roots program? Because it's private donations that fund the Center. There's no government involvement, other than the placement of Peace Corps volunteers. Yes, John was solicited by the Peace Corps to see whether he'd accept a volunteer. Usually, it's the other way around. But, Lingap Center has a reputation in the international community as a game-changing, terrifically effective program. John Drake is a tremendous force for good, and is truly a visionary.

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The Lingap Center uses all its donations to aid the children at their center in the Phillipines. I like knowing that all I contribute goes to support the center. I especially like the fact that my donation is not used to send requests to me further donations. John has a great program set up to make donating convenient.

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The Lingap center has served as a beacon of hope for the neglected and abused children in the Philippines. It has become the standard by which other charity institutions are modeled. I thank John D, for his generous and and unrelenting commitment to improve the lot of these children. He inspires all of us.

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I think it is fabulous that John is making a difference in so many children's lives. He started to help before he retired and now that he is retired he still continues to help those less fortunate. I can only imagine what would have happened to the many children John helps today if he was not dedicated to this cause. May god bless him for his work.

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My family support The Lingap Children's Foundation since this foundation started. It make us happy to see amazing results.

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Several years ago I became aware of the Lingap Center and we have supported it ever since. John D. is an amazing man who is an inspiration to us all. Even though the part I play in supporting the Lingap Center is small, I am very proud to support it and especially knowing that 100% of what I give goes towards the center to help children in great need. Now that my own children are a bit older and can understand what the Lingap Center does - we have made it a Christmas tradition to give money to the center as part of our Christmas gifts. My children enjoy seeing pictures of the Lingap children and reading the Stories of how the center has helped them.

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When we first became aquainted with the Lingap Children's Foundation and John Drake, we was awed by the opportunities they were providing to the children of the Phillipines. They were not just offering these children food and a chance to be educated; they were saving lives! Not only was this organization making a monumental difference to children, John Drake was doing all this as a volunteer, determined that all funds coming in to the foundation go to help the children. All of this was more than enough to convince my husband and I that we wanted to be a part of Lingap's mission. When I had the opportunity last year to hear two children who were beneficiaries of Lingap talk at the school I teach at, I saw first hand the tremendous work this foundation is doing to make a difference for children who would otherwise never have the chance to learn, much less survive in many instances! God bless Lingap Foundation, all the children and volunteers, and John Drake!

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