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November 3, 2012

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November 3, 2012

After hearing John Drake speak at our church about the work he does at the Lingap center with the poorest of the poor, my children wanted to help. They did a fundraiser at school and when it was time to donate they were fortunate enough to have Mr. Drake and a few of his kids from Lingap, who were in town visiting, come and receive their donation. They shared their heart wrenching stories and Mr. Drake shared all that he's been able to do to help so many. When parents heard that 100% of the donations would go to the kids many were encouraged to become regular donors.

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2012

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November 3, 2012

Lingap is an organization that gives 100% of my donation to the kids and facility in the Philippines. John and Judy Drake give their time totally free of any monetary benefits. How many of us can claim that amazing attribute. The work that is being done for the 90 plus children is amazing. Education is of the highest priority and John has all of the kids going to private schools so they can get an excellent education and a path to success. All I can say is Wow!!!

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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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 3, 2012

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November 3, 2012

Our experience is that this organization is devoted to only one intrest, to benefit needy children. This organization develops their self-worth and provides children with a real future. Excellent way to show how to love others in need.

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2012

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November 3, 2012

The Lingap Center is an incredible foundation that saves children from unimaginable conditions in the Phillipines. It offers them a safe home and education, and allows them to grow and help others in turn. In addition to caring for the children in the orphanage, the foundation also educates and feeds as many other children as possible. John and Judy Drake are very passionate about their foundation, and are continually finding new ways to better the lives of these children.

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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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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November 3, 2012

I donate to the work of the Lingap Center because John's letters help me see that my donations have impact. His updates invite me to look at the Center through the eyes of the children. By sharing milestones of the Lingap community, and weaving everyday details into the story, I feel like more that just a donor...through Lingap, I can see that I'm a partner in work that deeply matters in the world.

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2012

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November 3, 2012

The Lingap Center is an amazing orphanage in the Philippines, created and run by our Uncle John. He has done an incredible job and touched SO many lives. Many, many children are alive, educated, and happy with a safe place to live because of his vision and hard work.....with a little help from Aunt Judy, of course. :-) Please support this wonderful foundation any way you can. It is truly a gift of life to many abused & abandoned children.

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November 2, 2012

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November 2, 2012

The Lingap Childrens Foundation is a great organization! John and Judy Drake do such a good job providing a good life and bright future to underprivileged children of the Philippines.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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September 17, 2010

The orphaned or abused children in the U.S., while not having the best of circumstances, at least have a fighting chance. In the Philippines, children in this plight are societal outcasts. They are ... more

November 2, 2012

The Lingap Children's Foundation, the Lingap Center and John's personal conversion story are real-world examples of God's love for His children. God needed someone to hep the chldren of the delapitated Lingap Center, and called an unexpecting fortune 500 exectutive. Reluctant at first, John (and his incredible wife Judy) answered the call and watched as seemingly insurmountable obstacles dissolved, one after another. The Lingap Center is now considered THE model to emulate in the Philippine Islands. They've provided for the basic necessities of life (food, clothing, shelter) while also incorporating hygiene, education and religion as well. To appreciate this, you need to understand that orphan children in the Philippines have NO status - and are left on their own in the streets. They were not allowed in school or church. The Lingap Center, and their various programs, have begun changing a culture. Praise God for John and Judy, and the Lingap board, staff and volunteers who are a manifestation of HOPE for these children - and an inspiration for the rest of us.

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 17, 2010

The orphaned or abused children in the U.S., while not having the best of circumstances, at least have a fighting chance. In the Philippines, children in this plight are societal outcasts. They are not allowed in schools, being forced to beg or scavange for food, or worse, to sell themselves. They aren't even allowed in church. But the Lingap Center has changed that - providing meals, shelter, education, church and most of all -- hope! From a small town in southern Michigan, John Drake was God's answer to neglected children half way around the world. God called - he answered - and the results have been miraculous. The children now have a safe, positive environment to call home. While shelter, meals and clothes provide immediate improvement in quality of life, it is the loving atmosphere and hope where Lingap really shines. The children are able to attend school now, with several having gone onto college. This opens up job opportunities. The children now are welcomed at church so their spiritual lives can thrive. In fact, the Lingap children's choir has become the official church choir. Lingap has estblished a street education program where they educate street children on hygiene and basic academic skills, while most importantly, providing a sack lunch - the only meal some of those kids will receive. Their 3rd Saturday Outreach program has brought in excess of 500 kids to Lingap where all experience a caring, family-like setting...and are fed. Also, under their current administrative setup, 100% of ALL donations go to the kids. These are just some of the wonderful things Lingap has done...and that is why I am proud to support their efforts.

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

meetings with John Drake and various board members. Also I have participated in several of their dinner/dance fundraisers.

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

I think John and the board are doing a wonderful and fiscally responsible job.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people are authentic...everything is centered around the kids!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

John Drake, the chief executive and several board members.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

duplicate the Lingap model and serve more children

Ways to make it better...

All experiences have been positive.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds and distance.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you to all Lingap admin and donors for helping God's children!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 26, 2012

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2 previous reviews - show all
November 13, 2011

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 educat... more

October 26, 2012

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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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 13, 2011

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 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.

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

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

November 12, 2010

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.

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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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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

March 26, 2012

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March 26, 2012

Mother Teresa’s work is being carried on in the world by individuals like John Drake. John’s organization, The Lingap Center/Foundation, is transforming lives for children who would otherwise be forgotten in Philippines. Through his efforts, other organizations that have previously turned their backs on this forgotten, downtrodden population are now being accountable and have become positive partners in this tremendous endeavor. John’s personal sacrifice is tremendous; it must be noted that 100% of donations go directly to the children.

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Definitely

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Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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