LINGAP CHILDRENS FOUNDATION

Rating: 5 stars   199 reviews

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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
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Having a Filipino father and always being interested in helping Filipino children to lead a better life than their parents, I was very impressed after learning about John Drake's efforts for the Lingap Children's Foundation. Since then, my husband Gene and I have contributed to Drake's efforts to provide these children with a "hand up" rather than a "hand out" approach, which is what my father would have done without hesitation. We are amazed at what this man has achieved since devoting the rest of his life for the benefit of these Filipino children.

Frances & Gene Schayer

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If you want to make a difference, then Lingap is an organization where you can have significant impact. My wife and I support a number of organizations in both education and child welfare, and I can say with certainty this is the one where I know our support is completely focused on those whom the mission serves. We are each made in the image and likeness of Christ, unique and never to be repeated. John Drake and the Lingap center trustees understand this at their core, and I have profound respect for their tireless servant leadership.
Rick H

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I corresponded with John Drake last night on the internet, and asked him why he couldn't just take a break from his tireless work for the Lingap Center, and his answer amazed me. He said "Keep in mind that I really do love what I do….." That was all I needed to hear to know that this has to be the best charity in the world. John is so committed and every dime goes to some of the most needy kids in the world.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would start one in every third world country due to the incredible need across the world. We would have to clone John Drake, though!

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I have been a donor to the Lingap Center since its inception, and this is one of the best causes I have ever been associated with. The children who are helped by the Lingap Center are some of the most fortunate children on the planet. These children started with much less than nothing, and the Lingap Center gives them hope, food, shelter and a new life. What I like best is that all donations go directly to the kids. The overhead and administration is covered by the generous people who started the center, so you know that all your money will help feed and clothe kids directly. I personally have known John for 30 years, and his honesty and integrity in starting the Lingap Center is unparalleled. This is one of the best charities around. I will support it as long as I have the resources to do so. The kids deserve a chance in life. This charity gives them one.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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When people are thinking about a charity, one thing that they may wonder about is how much of the money that is donated is used for running the charity i.e. administration, and what percentage actually goes to the beneficiaries of the charity. In the case of the Lingap Children's Foundation, 100% of the donations go directly to the kids.

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I have known John Drake for many years and am in awe of his work for the Lingap center. His diligence in pursuit of this ministry are almost indescribable. We are so happy to be at least a small part of this effort as donors.

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I have heard Mr. John Drake speak twice about his foundation. He is the real deal and does incredible work making real change for the better in the lives of the children of the Philippines.

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John Drake spoke at our church, St John The Evangelist, in Jackson, Michigan, a number of years ago and convinced us of the great work being done at the Lingap Center. We have been donors for several years because,we have met some of the children, as well as receiving updates by our Pastor and some of our parishioners that have visited the center. It is a well run organization that puts 100% of the donations into the needs of the children. Honest and trustworthy. Please help!

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John Drake came and spoke to St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, Texas where we are parishioners. As a result we became "Place at the Table" sponsors and will continue to support this great cause. Everyone should consider adding this great cause to their "basket" of charities to support!

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I have been a supporter of the Lingap Center for several years and can't think of any more worthy charity. I am impressed by the initiator of this program, John Drake. His vision and hard work have made a huge difference in the lives of so many children, and 100% of our contributions go directly to the Center.

Charlene Swensen
The Villages, FL

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I have known John for 40 years in our mutual business careers and I can say, without reservation, that his founding of Lingap has truly been a calling from God. This calling and his passion for his kids at Lingap have changed him as remarkably as the Center has changed the lives of the children to whom he's committed. His personal commitment of time, treasure and talent is unparalleled in my 45 years of experience serving in board positions on 30+ nonprofit organizations. Without question, a financial contribution to the Lingap Children's Foundation is, indeed, a wise investment in children, as the record of performance at the Center is transparent and well-communicated by John and his board of directors. Add to that the fact that all contributions, in total, go for the benefit of the children, due to John and his board covering all administrative expenses, and you can feel very confident that your contribution is money very well spent.

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

…keep things as they are, for now, as the Center is performing very successfully.

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