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February 20, 2012

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February 20, 2012

We feel very blessed to be part of such an amazing organization. The Lingap Center is truly changing children's lives. It is a very worthy charity to support.

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February 6, 2012

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February 6, 2012

My wife and I support this wonderful Lingap Center. We have known John Drake for several years and feel honored to share in the work he has done rescuing these young children. I highly recommend supporting the center without any reservations. Rick Wallace

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December 31, 2011

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December 31, 2011

My husband, Lonnie Cooper, is a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. His "assignment" to the Lingap Center was my introduction to this wonderful facility. I have been visiting with him at the Center for the past two weeks now and I find it to be a terrific place for kids to feel safe and secure. The children are wonderful, talented and very engaged in their studies. The staff is most helpful and excellent with the kids. I could not imagine a better facility anywhere! I have spoken with John Drake (and will meet himm in person today). His heart is full of love and pride for the Center -- as it should be.

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2011

November 26, 2011
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November 26, 2011
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We first heard John Drake at church in 2009. We donated after hearing his talk. We heard him again in 2011 and donated and asked to meet him. My wife and I have met John and Judy, and I have spent considerable time with John in person through emails and on the telephone since. This is one of the best causes and stories that I have heard in my lifetime. To take childern who have no hope, no outlet for the future, and no food to sustain them, and provide all these things, along with love, is God's work. And HE is doing the work through John. I've talked to many people, including several priests, who have visited the Lingap Center and are all very impressed. -Bill Phillips

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

Magazines, brochures, speeches, and word of mouth.

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

Do more of the same and try to make sure that they had plenty of money.

November 16, 2011
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November 16, 2011
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My encounter with the Lingap foundation is perhaps a little different. I became aware of a situation with youth homelessness in Ormoc city, Leyte. In trying to find more information about the social support available there, the name of the Lingap foundation kept coming up over and over.

So I contacted the Lingap foundation looking for information about social services available in Ormoc, and John replied to me very generously, in detail, and over a period of some days.

The point I would like to make is that the Lingap foundation is not only providing a very unique mission in it's local area, but it is also exceeding it's mandate by providing information to interested parties about the broader situation in surrounding areas. The flow-on effects of this are doubtless hard to quantify, but are extremely important.

Thanks to John, I achieved a much clearer understanding of the situation throughout the region, and was put in touch with the people most likely to help. Through this I have learned:

That the Lingap foundation is providing a unique and vital service to these poor children in an area where there is next to no other social support for vulnerable kids. I'm not prone to hyperbole, but can honestly say that my impression of the Lingap foundation is that of a small, single light shining in the middle of a dark field.

That the mission of the Lingap foundation rightly emphasizes education as a way of breaking the cycles of poverty.

That this is a rare and unique effort in this particular part of the world.

That the impacts of that effort extend well beyond it's geographical and operational mandate, as in my case.

I highly, highly commend John for his generosity and passion, and the Lingap foundation for providing a beachhead of hope. May the momentum be supported and grow.

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

Recieving detailed and thoughtful information about youth homelessness in the Visayas that was not available through other sources.

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

multiply it throughout the region.

May 13, 2011
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May 13, 2011
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I first heard about the Lingap Center from its founder, John Drake, while at a church retreat. John's story impacted me by opening my mind to possibilites beyond what I had imagined toward serving others. John, his wife, and the Foundation have impacted so many lives in postivie ways. To see the "before" and "after" photographs, one could see that not only were the gifts of food, clothing, stability, love, education, and a place to call home, but one could actually see a gift of hope and self-worth reflected in the eyes of these children. It is satisfying to know that 100% of donations go toward the children. John runs the organization effectively and efficiently- nothing is wasted and everything is used to its full extent. I phoned John after my initial donation, and he personally returned my call and answered my questions and provided more information on the Lingap Center. A worthy cause and a worthy, focused use of your donations!

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through the before and after photos presented by John

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May 9, 2011

I am the sector manager of Peace Corps Philippines managing the Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Services Project. Lingap Children's Foundation is one of the strong partners of our project. I work with so many child caring organization in the country and Lingap is probably one of the top 10% with regards to excellent service in the development of the children. When it comes to serving the children in especially difficult circumstances, Lingap definitely have a very high standard. Working with Lingap as a partner has been a pleasant experience for me.

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

The way they transformed the lives of the children. I was aware how they transformed the organization from being a small drop in center to becoming one of the well organized child caring institution in the Visayas.

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Because they are doing such an excellent job, it would be good if they expand their program to reach more children. Their street education is also amazing, it will be great if they will add more resources in that project.

May 3, 2011

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May 3, 2011

I have closely followed the story of the Lingap Childrens Center since its inception. It is a modernday miracle. John Drake started with nothing and has loved into existence a wonnderful center which allows children to become healthy, schooled and be loved. I only wish I was wealthy because I would give generously. It bring tears to your eyes to hear the chilldren talk about their new lives. At present their are 14 children in college. Wow that is great success with former street children.

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reports and films and from talking to John.

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

Give a generous donations if I had the money

May 3, 2011

The Lingap Children's Center is a wonderful non-profit organization that is saving the lives of many orphaned and exploited children. They provide a home and schooling for children that would have otherwise been on the street in the Phillippines. They nurture and encourage these children by showing them how to do work together, go to school (college too!) and succeed in life. 100% of the donations to the Lingap Center benefit the children because the administrative costs are taken care of by directed donations.

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going to the Lingap benefit dinner for the past 3 years. I have seen photos and videos of the beautiful children that the donations are benfitting.

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

give more money so they can help more children.

May 1, 2011
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May 1, 2011
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I have known John and Judy Drake for over 30 years, and the story of the Lingap Center is truly a journey of hope for some kids who had none. It was by accident, or more likely that this was God-ordained because I'm sure it wasn't how John envisioned spending his retirement years. But hope he has brought to some kids who the world had forgotten is truly miraculous at Lingap Center. Every story is a touching and real because I've met some of the kids personally through John's generosity to bring them to America for a visit. These kids experience a happy ending, instead of the horrors that awaited these 'street' urchins who no one else wanted, except for horrific sex trading or slave labor. Even the Church rejected them. The reason this is such a worthwhile foundation is that every dime goes to helping kids. John covers ALL administrative costs, and this labor of love has so positively impacted the 'lucky' orphans who attend Lingap, but also the THOUSANDS of kids who show up for their 3rd Sunday events. John has taken kids from the gutter, with no food or chance at survival, and gave them HOPE. 14 kids are even in college now, and more to come - an unfathomable outcome just a few years ago. This is one financial gift that I absolutely love to give because I've seen how it impacts lives. This is truly the Lord's work being accomplished through some very special, committed people. Please consider a generous gift or at least prayers for these folks, and know that it ALL will go to rescuing kids from some horrible circumstances.

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I've attended nearly every one of the annual Fund Raiser events in Jackson, Michigan, and I look forward to hearing how my donation is helping some very sweet kids with lots of potential to have hope and be loved. This year's video about the kids was a tear jerker, and made me realize how lucky most of us are compared some some parts like this town in the Philippines.

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

Somehow expand the advertising all over the country to get additional help for some very needy kids. I wouldn't change a thing about the committed people who work on this very incredible project. What a great organization.

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