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November 3, 2012

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November 3, 2012

This organization does great work. I'm pleased to contribute and support its life-changing activity.

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November 3, 2012

In the two years that our parish has worked with John Drake and the Lingap Center, he has done amazing things. Children who were society's discards now have a place where they can eat and get an education, and it all started on a shoestring. John is a straightforward and honest man, and I know that the money that I give them is put to tremendous use.

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November 3, 2012

John and Judy and Lingap demonstrate everything that you always wish a nonprofit organization could be. 100% of donations goes to help children. I am proud to donate to Lingap, and never hesitate to recommend it to friends and family when they are looking for a cause to support.

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November 3, 2012

After hearing John Drake speak at our church about the work he does at the Lingap center with the poorest of the poor, my children wanted to help. They did a fundraiser at school and when it was time to donate they were fortunate enough to have Mr. Drake and a few of his kids from Lingap, who were in town visiting, come and receive their donation. They shared their heart wrenching stories and Mr. Drake shared all that he's been able to do to help so many. When parents heard that 100% of the donations would go to the kids many were encouraged to become regular donors.

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November 3, 2012

Our experience is that this organization is devoted to only one intrest, to benefit needy children. This organization develops their self-worth and provides children with a real future. Excellent way to show how to love others in need.

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November 3, 2012

I donate to the work of the Lingap Center because John's letters help me see that my donations have impact. His updates invite me to look at the Center through the eyes of the children. By sharing milestones of the Lingap community, and weaving everyday details into the story, I feel like more that just a donor...through Lingap, I can see that I'm a partner in work that deeply matters in the world.

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November 3, 2012

The Lingap Center is an amazing orphanage in the Philippines, created and run by our Uncle John. He has done an incredible job and touched SO many lives. Many, many children are alive, educated, and happy with a safe place to live because of his vision and hard work.....with a little help from Aunt Judy, of course. :-) Please support this wonderful foundation any way you can. It is truly a gift of life to many abused & abandoned children.

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November 2, 2012

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September 17, 2010

The orphaned or abused children in the U.S., while not having the best of circumstances, at least have a fighting chance. In the Philippines, children in this plight are societal outcasts. They are ... more

November 2, 2012

The Lingap Children's Foundation, the Lingap Center and John's personal conversion story are real-world examples of God's love for His children. God needed someone to hep the chldren of the delapitated Lingap Center, and called an unexpecting fortune 500 exectutive. Reluctant at first, John (and his incredible wife Judy) answered the call and watched as seemingly insurmountable obstacles dissolved, one after another. The Lingap Center is now considered THE model to emulate in the Philippine Islands. They've provided for the basic necessities of life (food, clothing, shelter) while also incorporating hygiene, education and religion as well. To appreciate this, you need to understand that orphan children in the Philippines have NO status - and are left on their own in the streets. They were not allowed in school or church. The Lingap Center, and their various programs, have begun changing a culture. Praise God for John and Judy, and the Lingap board, staff and volunteers who are a manifestation of HOPE for these children - and an inspiration for the rest of us.

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2012

September 17, 2010

The orphaned or abused children in the U.S., while not having the best of circumstances, at least have a fighting chance. In the Philippines, children in this plight are societal outcasts. They are not allowed in schools, being forced to beg or scavange for food, or worse, to sell themselves. They aren't even allowed in church. But the Lingap Center has changed that - providing meals, shelter, education, church and most of all -- hope! From a small town in southern Michigan, John Drake was God's answer to neglected children half way around the world. God called - he answered - and the results have been miraculous. The children now have a safe, positive environment to call home. While shelter, meals and clothes provide immediate improvement in quality of life, it is the loving atmosphere and hope where Lingap really shines. The children are able to attend school now, with several having gone onto college. This opens up job opportunities. The children now are welcomed at church so their spiritual lives can thrive. In fact, the Lingap children's choir has become the official church choir. Lingap has estblished a street education program where they educate street children on hygiene and basic academic skills, while most importantly, providing a sack lunch - the only meal some of those kids will receive. Their 3rd Saturday Outreach program has brought in excess of 500 kids to Lingap where all experience a caring, family-like setting...and are fed. Also, under their current administrative setup, 100% of ALL donations go to the kids. These are just some of the wonderful things Lingap has done...and that is why I am proud to support their efforts.

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

meetings with John Drake and various board members. Also I have participated in several of their dinner/dance fundraisers.

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I think John and the board are doing a wonderful and fiscally responsible job.

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The people are authentic...everything is centered around the kids!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

John Drake, the chief executive and several board members.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

duplicate the Lingap model and serve more children

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All experiences have been positive.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funds and distance.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you to all Lingap admin and donors for helping God's children!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 5, 2013

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2 previous reviews - show all
October 30, 2012

In Dec. I'm making my 4th trip to the Center. The work they do for the children is wonderful. The reason I support the Center is that I know all monies go to the Centerand John's vision for the Cente... more

April 5, 2013

We support 194 children at the orphanage and more thru the outreach program. I've been to the orphanage four times and cannot say enough good things about the staff and John and Judy Drake.
Without them these children would be on the streets or living in horrible conditions.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 30, 2012

In Dec. I'm making my 4th trip to the Center. The work they do for the children is wonderful. The reason I support the Center is that I know all monies go to the Centerand John's vision for the Center .

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2012

March 19, 2011

I have been to the Orphanage twice and plan on going again in 2012.
John is a miracle worker and Judy is right there with him every step of the way.
The children and the staff at the Center are wonderful and I wish
every supporter could get to meet them. The children need so much love
and I was priviledged to be able to share it with them.
I started supporting John's project in the beginning and am glad to know that 100% goes to the project.
If I could give more than the five stars I would.

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Visiting the Orphanage was the best experience of my life!!

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John and his staff are doing the best job possible

March 26, 2012

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March 26, 2012

Mother Teresa’s work is being carried on in the world by individuals like John Drake. John’s organization, The Lingap Center/Foundation, is transforming lives for children who would otherwise be forgotten in Philippines. Through his efforts, other organizations that have previously turned their backs on this forgotten, downtrodden population are now being accountable and have become positive partners in this tremendous endeavor. John’s personal sacrifice is tremendous; it must be noted that 100% of donations go directly to the children.

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