LINGAP CHILDRENS FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   204 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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Lingap Children's Foundation not only provides the basic needs of the abandoned, abused and neglected children, founder John Drake's passion in ensuring the children's well being far extends his personal relationship with EACH and EVERY child and Lingap staff. John Drake knows every single Lingap child by name, by personal history, and by their respective academic achievements because he personally sits down with each child and looks them straight in the eye to let them know the importance of education. Tito John as he is fondly called instills empowerment in every child for them to thrive from survival to potential and self sustainability.

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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Mahatma Gandhi
If you at a point in your life that you have time to "give back" or "pay forward" I suggest that you take the time to do your homework before you haphazardly donate your time and effort. I too was in your shoes and looking for charity organizations that were making a difference in the world, but were doing so without high administrative costs or by making the creators and management wealthy. Lingap was created by John Drake, one for most selfless men I have met and he has created a miracle for these children by giving 100% of donations directly to the organization. I am very proud of my time, efforts and donations to help the Lingap Children's Foundation as I know they are very appreciated and is being managed by the best steward I know - John Drake! My hope is that you will give generously, but give WISELY, in your quest to share your good fortune.

Tina S. Walther - 734-395-8212

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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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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If you have not met John Drake and heard about The Lingap Center you have missed an unbelievable miracle! He has created growth and beauty from a desperate situation. I didn't think I could add another thing to my plate, but found it is so easy when I realized what John has and is accomplishing. His presentation that details the the struggles they have endured and the successes they have had should be shown at every organization - especially ones that kids are involved in.
I am thrilled to have met John and his cause and feel blessed every time I contribute or have any interaction with such a noble cause!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

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?

2013

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My involvement in joining such a dedicated group as the Lingap Children's Foundation has truly opened my eyes to the needs of the children. You need only to see the growth in the children to realize the foundation is non stop in creating new avenues for the children to learn, have proper nutrition, community involvement and the necessary medical care. The program A Place at the Table really makes me feel like an extended family member to the children and now many young adults.
The joy in knowing a child who was found in dire need is currently part of an apprenticeship in the USA makes my commitment one that will be life long. I am on the committee formed within our church.
I am impressed with the founders who came to us seeking support and have continued to be with us at meetings and socials. They heard their calling and embraced it. God Bless them all who have made this foundation part of their stewardship.

Ginny Kulesa
Transfiguration Catholic Church

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I have worked with the Lingap ministry in my church for the last few years. Never have I seen an organization more focused on the children and their success than with Lingap. I've seen the lives saved by the personal intervention of one of board members who happened to be making house visits during his stay in Lingap. I've seen kids go from being banned from entering the church building to being a valued member of the choir. I've seen kids learning how to cook well enough to earn money using these skills. I've seen children discovered who have incredible scientific minds. I've seen children able to succeed in elementary and high school, and now they are proceeding on to college and tech schools. They are becoming productive citizens in a country where they were given little or no chance. Lingap should be a model for centers that focus on the success of children who, otherwise, would have no chance in the world. Please support Lingap in any way you can.

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I am amazed at the progress they have made in the Lingap organization. I have met some of the children that have come over they are simple amazing. They have defiantly put the money to good use.

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I am a member of our church ministry who supports the Lingap Center and my husband and I support A Place at the Table. We have had the privilege to meet John Drake and also a few of the children from the Lingap center. They are all truly amazing. The story of how John started the center is heartwarming. I encourage everyone to look at the website and read the stories and look at the pictures and videos. This is truly what life is about. Caring and supporting those in need. The fact that 100 percent of our donations go directly to the Lingap Center speaks volumes. Last year our 24 year old son gave us the most perfect Christmas gift. He made a donation to the Lingap Center in our name. He was so moved by what he saw on the website and realized that making a donation was the perfect gift.

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Lingap Children’s Foundation is HOPE for a brighter future, a PROMISE for lost, abandoned, abused, forgotten and some nearly dead children providing food, shelter, education and a safe haven. It offers opportunity for the forsaken innocent children. Founder John Drake works passionately and tirelessly for such a worthwhile cause. ‘Tito John’ as he is fondly called by the children and staff of Lingap, answered God’s call and is a living witness to Mother Teresa’s words “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” Tito John went BEYOND helping the one nearest him commuting from Michigan, USA keeping his promise in support of Lingap. Know that your financial support help RESCUE innocent neglected lives and serve as a LIFELINE making a difference for a lifetime. 100% of donations go to Lingap Children’s Foundation.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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?

2014

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I had the opportunity to help assess the area education offered to the Lingap children a few years ago while visiting the Lingap Center. The experience was life changing. The children now attend private schools and are flourishing. They did attend schools where it was not unusual to have 50-60 students in a very small classroom. They had to copy from a blackboard everything. They had no textbooks. The difference the staff have seen with their educational growth today and what took place then has been astounding.

These children are always so appreciative, prayful, and loving. I am still in touch with some of the children and they continue to move forward despite their past hardships. I witnessed firsthand how all our donations are used. Wow...every cent is used for a good purpose.

The Street Program is a living testimony of "greatness in action". The entire Lingap Center is a gift to the world in so many ways.

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I would tell the world to get involved with Lingap....! The organization is a model for all 3rd world countries who want to help their children.

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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?

2014

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"We are the hands and feet of Christ." This applies without limit to John and Judy and all those who are responsible for the Miracle that is ongoing at the Lingap Center everyday. I have seen this miracle first hand and it has changed my life's goal. We have giants of LOVE in our midst. Even in the tragedy of this typhoon John's arms want to embrace ALL the people who need help. Let's make an effort to help in our own little way by supporting John's efforts to bring love and care to this wonderful mission of Lingap Childrens Foundation.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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?

2013

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