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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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 :)

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

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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I first heard of Lingap when John Drake spoke at my parish. This is a life giving foundation that does miraculous work. The children benefit 100% from all donations. I have a few special groups that I cherish and try to help when I can, Lingap is #1. All donations are appreciated.

Thank you, John, and God bless you and everyone associated with Lingap.

 
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My family has supported this group for several years. They do a fantastic job of supporting those children that wouldn't otherwise have a chance in life. They teach them basic life skills as well as ready them for college. They support their college students with internships in the U.S. to help them be successful in their chosen careers.

 
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The Lingap Children's Center isamazing! I first heard about them through my church in Marietta, Georgia. We have taken this foundation on as a church-wide mission and have many members who contribute regularly. The administrators pay all expenses out of their own pocket so 100 percent of donations go directly to the children who live there or to support the other programs they have in the community I have been a done for the past two years and have seen some amazing success stories come from children who live there. These children were abused and severely neglected. The Lingap Center educates them, houses them, and teaches them life skills. They recently celebrated their first college graduate!

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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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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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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.

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

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.

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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.

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Your money is well spent. Your heart will be glad.

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Wonderful organization - wonderful cause. I know every penny I donate goes to those kids!

 
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For years our Church sponsored a school in Haiti, only to find out that the funds were being misappropriated. Our pastor then looked to find a charitable organization that truly cared about the welfare of others that could be trusted with our stewardship. John Drake came to our Church and gave a talk on how the Holy Spirit called to him in the Philippines. This man unselfishly gave of himself to help the forgotten children there. Every dime that you donate to this organization goes to help the children have a home, get nourishment and get an education. The children he has helped have spoken at my Church to say how the Lingap Center saved their life. I admire John Drake and the work he does at the Lingap Center and I love the children there. For the price of a fast food dinner for your family you can sponsor a Place at the Table for a child and you can know that every dime ($25 a month) is spent on the child-- not some CEO. God Bless John Drake and the children of the Lingap Center.

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