I initially met John and Judy Drake at our church two years ago and found their story incredibly inspiring. Shortly after we met, I made my first trip to the Philippines and witnessed the miracle of the Lingap Center. Children, who were broken, abandoned, unloved and unwanted, are now both cared for and loved. They are given faith, hope, love and a future. This is truly a well-run, organized, and extremely efficient “top notch” organization. 100% of all donations go to the care of the children (The Board of Directors pay all overhead expenses). The Lingap Center is changing the lives of thousands of the Philippines’ poorest children!
I have been with the foundation since the year of its inception, sitting on the board for almost as long. I visit the cneter twice a year so I can personally witness the incredible work being done and continue provide governance of our mission. This foundation saves lives, instills hope, and provides opportunity for those without opportunity or hope. The foundation is run with the utmost professionalism, having financial audits no fewer than ever 3 years, our last being a clean audit and without any recommendations for changes. We have had other organizations give testimonials to our efficiency and effectiveness in adhering to our mission such as the United State Peace Corp among others. Finally, 100% of donor money goes to fund programs of the foundation, the board of directors personally funds the expenses of the foundaiton. This along with other policy and procedures provides the governance structure to allow the mission to be carried out with effectiveness and efficiency. This standard of operation ensures every donor dollar goes to the benefit of the children. I have seen with my own eyes, children born literally in the gutter go on to graduate college. We have children who have won study abraod scholarships and yet we provide shelter to the abused, abandoned and neglected children of society. We provide not only safety and security but hope and opportunity. We are breaking the cycle of poverty that has lasted for generations in these families, hopefully forever changing the direction of their family, their future families, and their community.