Lingap Childrens Foundation

Rating: 5 stars   218 reviews

Address:

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

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3 people found this review helpful

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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2014

 
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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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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2012

 
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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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Definitely

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Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

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.

What would you tell others about this organization?

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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4 people found this review helpful

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

 
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3 people found this review helpful

A charity that puts 100% of donations towards helping children of need always gets my vote of approval

 
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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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John Drake keeps every Lingap child in his heart and and in our minds. I thank him for allowing others to help support those who serve as God's hands and feet on this important mission.

 
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John has brought the story of the Lingap Children's Foundation to the First Presbyterian Church of Hillsdale, Michigan on several occasions. We are moved by how the Lord has worked through John and the Lingap family. Our Ladies' Society and our whole church mission support Lingap with conviction that this foundation is doing as Christ instructed--minister to the poor and needy.

 
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A charity that utilizes 100% of what you donate to the cause is one in a million and that is exactly what the Lingap Children's Foundation is. This is our #1 charity now and for years to come. John Drake is exactly the kind of person you want to support and trust.

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John Drake spoke at our church and we have been donors ever since - giving monthly. 100% of the overhead is handled by the Board, so every penny you donate goes to the children. John was asked to help and God has worked through his generous hands to help these children - in a personal way - and to bless the donors, with the knowledge they can be part of this blessing.

 
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I heard John speak at a mission week at our church. His devotion and passion to these children moved us to become monthly donors. His personal contact with us throughout the year is remarkable. the earthquake and typhoon were a personal experience to us, as we learned of the children's generosity towards others. Beauty blossoms where God's love exists...it has unfolded to include not only those children that have grown and shared as they do..but it had enriched us as well. It should be noted that 100% of your donation goes to the children, the Board absorbs the expenses.

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

None - except invite more people to be part of this group.

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