LINGAP CHILDRENS FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   206 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  

This is a dynamic organization one with the sole mission of helping kids. John Drake is dedicated to this mission of helpingt these kids (the throw away kids of this region) to make a live for themselves, which without this Center, they would be illiterate and street beggers. I call John Drake Saint John because of his dedication and caring and his motivation to help these kids. John seeks every avenue of support for this caring and life changing mission. The Lingap Center deserves ever donation that they receive. Karen Randall

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Life-changing

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2012

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This is such a worthy charity. Street children and orphans are put in a caring home and sent to school to be productive and model members of society. Truly changing their future for the best. You can go to their website and see the joy in these children's faces. All donations are applied 100% for the benefit of the children. A foundation truly founded on LOVE.

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

Life-changing

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2011

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The Lingap Children's Foundation is outstanding, if you are looking for an exceptional charity. The donations are 100% applied for the benefit of the orphans and the operation of the orphanage . My daughter and her husband went to visit this facility and were so impressed on how the children are so well-mannered, cheerful , and healthy. They have a family-like environment, with the older ones caring for the younger ones. They have well-rounded personalities and go to the schools in their locality. They are being taught self-sufficiency and trained to be future contributing members of society. Some of them are going to college and high school . Do go to their website and see for yourself.

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

Life-changing

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2011

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This is a very well run orphanage in the Philippines. Donations are always receipted and all all of the monies are spent to run the orphanage. The orphans are sent to good schools and are trained to be responsible individuals, learning how to work and helping the younger ones.

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

Seeing it grow and improve exponentially.

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

Not change anything. It is very well run.

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3 people found this review helpful

I've been associated with LinGap a long time. It is THE MOST OUTSTANDING organization of it's kind.

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I have been a donor and promotor of Lingap since it's founding. Unlike most donors I have had the pleasure of visiting the Center in both it's old location and the fantastic new one, over the last 8 years.
I know the staff, children, and founder John Drake. I strongly urge all to support this effort to improve the lives of the street children.

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

The only improvement I would consider possible would be to enlarge it.

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Definitely

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Definitely

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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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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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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.

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

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

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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 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.

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

I can't think of anything that I'd change.

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

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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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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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.

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.

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

multiply it throughout the region.

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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.

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

reports and films and from talking to John.

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

Give a generous donations if I had the money

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Rating: 5 stars  

Foundation Director John Drake contacted me 2 years ago to help with a video project for a fundraising event for this charity. Since that time I've become aware of the incredible work that is being done to make a REAL difference in the lives of these children - giving them dignity, love, education, and opportunity for a better future. John and Judy Drake, the Foundation Board, and the staff at The Lingap Center do this for all the right reasons. I am 100% confident in their motivation and just as impressed by their results.

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

First-hand accounts / testimonials from the children themselves, from the Foundation's Directors, and from supporters who have visited The Lingap Center.

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

None.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Personal contact with the Director.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I could not be more enthusiastic about an organization than I am about Lingap Children's Foundation. I have visited the center and seen the lives that are saved by this amazing organization. 100% of all funds donated go to serve the children who, without Lingap, would have absolutely nothing. The wonderful people who are involved in this charity, at all levels, are quality people who's care for and love of the children are evident in everything they do. There are just not enough stars available to accurately rate the Lingap Children's Foundation!

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

Seeing first-hand the center and the children who live there. Visiting the homes that some of the kids came from there is no doubt that they now have a future, because of the Lingap Center.

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

I can not imagine it being any better. Honestly.

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