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