Lingap Childrens Foundation

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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.

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Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines

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Hi this is Dave in Tucson Arizona. I am extremely blessed to be married to an alumni of Lingap Children's Foundation. I met Aileen Bantolinao when she was completing an internship as part of her college degree from University of San Carlos. Aileen was working at the Marriott Hotel in Cebu and I was very impressed with her demeanor and personality and realized very quickly that there was something very special that set her apart from the other employees. After her internship was completed we started dating and I took the time to find out that she was raised from age 8 at the Lingap Children's Center and was now completing her college degree in Tourism Management. This climate of success was created by the Lingap Children's Center under the guidance of John Drake. It is an age old axiom that the values a child learns at an early age are what sets their life time agenda. In Aileen's case it is obvious that the values instilled by her Mother before her passing and the real world, work ethic and personal traits of human respect and pride in self and accomplishment from the Lingap Center are the heart of what sets her apart and makes her a joy to be around. She is appreciated by all who know her. Aileen enjoys life and is obviously, very appreciative of her opportunities and takes every opportunity to help others in subtle ways.. always giving a "hand up" and not a hand out. From the beginning of our relationship and constantly reinforced, is my understanding of just how irreplaceable the upbringing at Lingap is to Aileen and hundreds of other young people who would NEVER have the opportunity to achieve without the Lingap Children's Center. I am very proud to start our continuing donations to Lingap tonight and will continue to do so in the years to come.

 
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After hearing John Drake speak, our family was immediately touched by this charity and the children's situations. After hearing more about the Lingap Center we decided to help with donations, and we are very glad that we have. This charity is a not only saving children from the poor streets of the Philippines, but staging them for a successful life by not only looking after their needs to be feed and clothed, but the Lingap center is amazingly focused on their educational and mental well being of all the children. The team there has also been apart of so many miracles it would be to hard to list them all. If anyone would like to read more about John Drake and the wonderful miracles, he offers his story in a free ebook: http://www.lingapcenter.org/pdf/GodsCall.pdf . This is a real life story of the Lingap Center and the children. It is a story that will touch your heart to what a true miracle that the Lingap Center is.

 
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John Drake spoke at a mission in my parish several years ago and was inspirational. I made a one-time donation but decided two years ago to donate monthly. I know the foundation is saving and improving the lives of many children and am happy that all of my donation goes directly to support the children. I have talked with John personally and his letters are very informative.

 
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What a beautiful project - helping children who would otherwise be hopeless in a hostile environment for little children. Best of all, 100% of donations go directly to the benefit of these little children.

 
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If I only could choose one charity organization to contribute to, The Lingap Center would be it! What this group does is truly a miracle. The Lingap Center is an amazing agent of change in the Philippines! The best part ... 100% of your donation goes directly to the children.

 
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I came across the Lingap Center more than four years ago when I was looking for a good organization to volunteer for. Over time, I have gotten to know John Drake and his story; it is truly inspirational.

I am Filipino, but was born in Canada in the early seventies. I used to watch the Care International commercials that would run on TV as a young child. I told myself that when I am able that I wanted to give to children in poverty.

I decided to volunteer for the Lingap Center because of John Drake, his principles, and wise use of the money donated. Today, I am now at a point financially that I can become a "Place at the Table" monthly sponsor. So glad I am finally able to do this.

It truly is a little girl's dream come true.

Lee Muller

 
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Through a mutual friend from Michigan, I learned of John Drake and the Lingap Foundation last year. I was moved by what I learned from my friends and John himself that I joined immediately as a sponsor. My granddaughter read a Lingap flyer on my desk and pledged her Confirmation Mitzbah to Lingap. She, too was touched by the Lingap narrative. Three weeks ago, I visited Lingap with my grandson and son along with my sister. Like those who have reported on their visit to the center, we were moved and overwhelmed. My sister and I were born and raised in the Philippines and have settled in the US. We have been exposed to poverty and its consequences especially to innocent children. To see these children beaming with joy, contentment, appreciation and happiness at meeting us, total strangers, was too much to take in the instant we were in the courtyard. The children came up and hugged each of us and brought us indoors. From this chaos of welcoming gleeful souls, a little boy of 3 or 4 years of age, clung to my leg and would not let go until I picked him up. He wrapped his little arms around my neck and cuddled his little head on my shoulder. All the others seemed like they wanted to do the same. I could not tell whether he claimed me, or, I claimed him. But, we were one for a long time... ! A counselor then whispered to me that they had just taken him in a couple of weeks back. His parents are both in jail. He was a severely abused child ! Now, all he knew was to seek love and give love !
What I saw in the eyes of all of these souls, and felt in each of their embraces, is the one singularly most important gift Mr. John Drake gave them. And that is the gift of HOPE ! For the first time in their lives these once abandoned, abused and neglected children have hope ! Hope that they will see the dawn of another day. An even better day, full of promise and a limitless horizon that has been gifted to them by John and Lingap.
There is no doubt in my mind about this ! The Alumni/Alumnae of this magnificent program are proof of this magnificent work. Lingap needs our support. They need funds and not goods. Well meaning folks have donated instruments, books, equipment that often lie dormant and preserved in closets. These are of no immediate use to the children and the center. What they need are funds, dollars, recurring donations that can be relied upon to enable reliable long term budgeting and planning. I have upped my sponsorship and have encouraged friends and relations to support this tremendous undertaking. I will also include Lingap in my will.
It is the very least I can do. I can no longer travel back to the Philippines readily. I am 76 and aging each day.
My visit to Lingap will bolster my spirits through my remaining years. Those children need our love and dedication. God bless you, Mr. John Drake ! God has a special place for folks like you !
Fidel Exconde MD

 
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I just returned from a trip with John and Judy Drake to visit the Lingap Center. I was amazed at how clean and well kept the facility was. The staff, serving the children, were compassionate and caring. The educational opportunities available to the kids were miraculous. Most importantly, the children were loving, happy and thankful. They understood the significance of God's love, shown to them by the miracle of strangers, who without knowing them, offer them the opportunity of hope and a future. Please realize that due to the generosity of many and great sacrifice by a few, 100% of donations benefit the children directly.

 
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Once again I would like to encourage EVERYONE to donate to this incredible children's foundation. Lingap has not only saved children's lives but also educated and gave them the tools to literally turn their lives around. Without a doubt it is my absolute FAVORITE charity. The founder, John Drake, is truly an AMAZING individual. He and his Board of Directors personally pay for all administrative costs, hence, donors have the assurance that every cent they donate is used for the children. I know of no better return on my investment. Mr. Drake also regularly keeps all donors advised of current events. I feel blessed having interacted with him -- I think he's a living saint. Please check out their website (www.lingapcenter.org) and read the lovely and beautiful story of Lingap. I promise you, it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. Then please consider donating to their "Place At The Table Program" -- for a mere $300 a year they can house and educate a child. That's less than we spend everyday on coffee. Please think seriously about it, you won't be sorry!

 
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Lingap Childrens Foundation is my VERY FAVORITE charity. It's unbelievable what John Drake has accomplished. Every penny donated is used for the children and not for any administrative costs, as Mr. Drake and his Board of Directors personally pay for all administrative expenses. These children who once lived on the street are now in school and attend Church. They anticipate that 21 children will be enrolled in college next year. Since education is the best defense against poverty, their lives will be totally changed. I love knowing that my mere $300 per year for Lingap's "Place At The Table" Program will feed, house and educate a child. What a fantastic return on such a small investment. Thank you, John for all you've done for these children and for the wonderful feeling I experience with each quarterly $75 donation.

 
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The Lingap Children's Foundation is my FAVORITE charity. Hopefully, this year will be the 3rd year that they've won top honors with "Great Nonprofits". They deserve it. I know of no other charity that is run so well, or made such a difference in the lives of countless homeless children. Please support them. Any amount will be helpful. As a donor in their "Place At The Table Program" I can't tell you how wonderful I feel knowing that my little $300 per year will make such a difference in the life of a child. Because John Drake and the Board of Directors pay all administrative costs, every penny donated truly goes to the children. For such a little amount, Lingap is able to house, feed and educate a child. Quite a fantastic return on investment, wouldn't you say? If you can't help them financially, please remember them in your prayers. Thank you :)

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None - the best run organization I know of.

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Everyone -- Please know: Every cent contributed is used on the children. Absolutely no money is spent for administration expenses. Mr. Drake you're surely loved by each of the children who reside in the Lingap home, whose lives are forever changed as a result of this foundation. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to feel as if I'm really able to help in this wonderful endeavor by participating in the Lingap "Place At The Table" program -- for a mere $300 a year, Lingap is able to feed, clothe and educate a child. Surely the best return on any investment I could ever possibly make. Hugs and love to you, Mrs. Drake and all of the children!

Jean Barber

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I first learned of the Lingap Children's Foundation several years ago while reading a large (2 or 3-page) article in the Sunday edition of the Detroit Free Press. The Lingap Children's Foundation is an AWESOME organization. It was started by Mr. John Drake from Jackson, Michigan, in a very, very poor city named Toledo City, in the Philipines -- a country literally on the other side of our World. John was a business executive on what was going to be one of his last trips to the Philipines before his retirement I believe, but God had other plans for John! I strongly encourage you to visit Lingap's website (www.lingapcenter.org) and read this incredible, miraculous story -- it will make you laugh and it will make you cry. Lingap's first home had previously been a slaughter house for pigs. From that humble beginning, they have built a wonderful safe home for the children. John and his Board members pay for all administration costs. Every single penny donated to the Lingap Foundation goes for the children. I personally chose to participate in their "Place At The Table Program". For a mere $300 a year they are able to house, feed and educate a child. Truly, I can't tell you how good I feel when my quarterly payment of $75 is sent..................Just knowing that for such a small amount of money I'm helping in my own little way for a child to be provided with not only shelter, safety, and an education, but also LOVE. They even have tutors to help the children excel in their school work. They had several of their children graduate from college this year -- what an accomplishment. In addition to approximately 100 children who live at Lingap year round, they teach and feed literally hundreds of other street children. John stays in touch with all donors on a very regular basis by sending updated news letters. This organization is truly one of my absolute favorites. Please check out their website and perhaps help in any way that you can. Kindest regards.

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What John Drake from Jackson, Michigan, has done for more than 100-children in the Philippines is TRULY incredible! I read a 3-page article in the Detroit Free Press several years ago and was moved enough to become a member of this group's "Place At the Table".....For only $300.00 a year they are able to house, clothe and educate a child for the entire year! John Drake and members of their Board pay ALL administrative costs, so every single penny donated goes to the children. PLEASE read his 45-page document on this website named "I Heard God's Call, But How Will I Answer", maybe it will move you as it has me.................This program is so
successful. I'm thrilled each March when I make my donation, knowing that there is one child being cared for and given a chance in life due to that little amount of money. If you are unable to donate, please remember this wonderful organization in your prayers and spread the word among your friends.....It is an AWESOME charity.

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Lingap is a great organization founded and headed by John Drake. He gives of himself --his time, energy, and money to make this organization possible. All donations go to help the kids -- none is used for administration costs. His organization has made a difference in the lives of children that otherwise would be street children. I highly recommend this organization. When you follow Lingap on their website, you can see what your money is doing. We support this cause and hope you will also.

 
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We have known John Drake long before he founded Lingap Childrens Foundation. Having been in the Philippines on business for the company he worked for before his retirement, God laid it on his heart to do something for the children there. He has given his time, talent, and money to establish this foundation and continues to direct it making many trips each year to Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines. The children love him and he loves them. He updates us on the children just as if they were his own flesh and blood. He has made a difference and continues to make a difference in the lives of children. We are blessed to know John Drake and to support his work with the Lingap Foundation. Don & Eva Richardson

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