Hi, my name is Clearmarie.I am 17 years old and I live in Toledo City.I have two sisters and one brother.I am also the youngest of my siblings.Before I would like to say thank you to all of you,I have a short story of my life. I previously live at home in a small house and I cannot eat three meals a day.I also cannot sleep very well.My mother cannot send us to school because she is the only one who takes care of us because my father has another family and he does’nt care about us anymore.As the years pass by,my mother heard about the Lingap Center and she decided to send me and with my two sisters even though it hurts her but she does’nt have a choice because she wants us to be educated and then we agreed so that we can reach our dreams and goals in life.We are now here at the Lingap Center.All I can say is that we are thankful to God because we can now eat everyday,sleep very well and able to go to school.Before I will end my story ,I would like to say thank you to Tito John and to all our sponsors for having such a good heart and sharing your kindness .Thank you for the unconditional love even though we do not have the same blood,you are still there to help us always .For these,I am also so thankful to God because with Him nothing is impossible.THAT’S ALL, THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!
Hi! Good day,I am Joy and I am one of the children that is sponsored by the Lingap Center.I am so thankful and blessed because since I came here,I have been given many oppurtunities and experiences that I have never had before.I now have new clothes to wear,bags ,uniforms,shoes and school supplies are also provided for my school needs.I am so lucky because I am a student of Toledo City Science High School with many lessons to learn in academic and real life situations.We also have snacks that is given to everyone and lunch is also provided for us.We also have houseparents to guide and care for us,unlike in our house my mother is always busy to find money for us ,but it is still not enough for our daily needs,that’s why I don’t really feel her presence and with my father that is separated from us and already have another family.There are also times that I would have headaches ,stomach aches and etc,but Ate Titat and Ate Vicky, our houseparents are there for me.They would give me medicine to make me feel better and after that they would give me some milk and then they will let me rest in my room.I can also say that the food in here is very delicious:breakfast,lunch,snacks and for dinner.We have very good cooks like Kuya Edgar and Ate Rochie.It also inspires me on the stories from our ates and kuyas and our manager on their life stories that they would share to us.In my school,I have experience already lots of trainings and contests to enhance my abilities.All of these because of the persons with a very big heart for us even though we have different nationalities.Tito John,our Lingap founder who is like a father to all of us .I am also very thanklful to all the sponsors who have shared thier blessings with us inorder to achieved our dreams in life.I am really very thankful to all of you and with your kindness may God give you more blessings to come !
My wife and I have been supporting the Lingap center for years, almost from its inception, mostly due to the direct, positive influence this foundation has on some of the most deserving children on the planet. Two of our favorite attributes are:
1) Every dime we (you!) contribute goes directly to the children in need. The administrative overhead is all handled either by John Drake personally or others he has enlisted to ensure the integrity of the fund. and:
2) the passion of John, his family, the board, and the entire staff who have made this possible.
It is quite miraculous how it all came together, and without that sort of drive and truly amazing conviction for protecting kids, the great work of Lingap would not be possible.
Just take a look at the success achieved by some of these kids who came from nothing, no chance in life, to being successful contributors to society, and you will be impressed as well.
I can't say enough good things about this charity. We have been honored to be a small part of rescuing kids and giving them a chance at life. It really is an amazing story. There's no smoke and mirrors here. Just real success stories for some kids who would otherwise not even survive. Please check it out and see for yourself.
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.
Please consider supporting this very worthwhile charity.
I had the privilege of visiting the Lingap Center and meeting these amazing children. The spirit of love and caring of the director, John Drake and his wife Judy, has been spread around the world by the wonderful and productive children that they have influenced over the years at the Lingap Center. Would that every abused, abandon, and neglected child could experienced this kind of love and care.
"We are the hands and feet of Christ." This applies without limit to John and Judy and all those who are responsible for the Miracle that is ongoing at the Lingap Center everyday. I have seen this miracle first hand and it has changed my life's goal. We have giants of LOVE in our midst. Even in the tragedy of this typhoon John's arms want to embrace ALL the people who need help. Let's make an effort to help in our own little way by supporting John's efforts to bring love and care to this wonderful mission of Lingap Childrens Foundation.
I can't even begin to tell in words how much the Lingap Center means to me. I've never met the children, but I eagerly read and follow their stories. When my life has been at it hardest, I've putted my full spirit into these children's lives, what they're been and still are going through. The inspiring story of what one single man actually is able to do, and how many lives John Drake has saved through his project should be an inspiration to the entire world. We can make this world into a better place.
For me, it started with a school Project (I am 28 years old, lives in Sweden and take some classes on the side of my job). I reached out to get information and help to try and understand why so many children are abandoned in the Philippines. I was privileged enough to made contact with Mr John Drake himself, the founder of The Lingap Center, and the stories he shared with me have made me speechless. Some of those stories will hunt me for life, and I don’t think I will ever be quit the same person again. To read his story (availed on the website) truly made me understand which huge difference one single person actually can make. We can all find excuses not to help, and think that we have done our fair share and given help to the world, but the thing is, there are even better arguments to help for every single excuse not to. I feel certain that every single penny will make a difference for these children, and I know that every single penny will go to the children directly. Not to stamps, papers or transport for the staff, but for the children directly.
John and his wife spent a weekend in Sugar Land in May 2017 to present a mission appeal at St Laurence Catholic Church. Even though I've been to the Lingap Center in Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines, watched the videos on the web site countless times and heard John speak before, I am still so moved by what the Lingap Center has accomplished. The outpouring of positive emotion during his presentation was overwhelming. But it's only because of the real message of hope, happiness, opportunities and success that John witnesses. My wife and I will continue to be financial supporters and strong advocates of the Lingap Childrens Foundation.
I was blessed enough to visit the Lingap Center for a week in late May/early June and the experience exceeded my expectations. John Drake spoke at our church 3 years ago and my wife and I have been Place at the Table contributors since then. We were so impressed with the approach to operating the Center, but most of all, the success that the Center has had with children who really had no hope at all. Seeing the squatter villages where several of the children used to live and the Center itself first hand gave me a great appreciation for the truly miraculous efforts of the Lingap manager and staff and the far reaching impact that the Lingap Center has on the surrounding community, especially the schools and a few of the children's families that the Lingap staff provided a small bag of food to, gave me a great appreciation for what is being accomplished. As John likes to quote, "Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God." In this instance though, while I saw many things in the squatter villages that must break the heart of God, what I was most touched by is that my heart is rejoicing at the Lingap Center and it's kids for God's heart must also be rejoicing. We will continue to be strong supporters of the Lingap Childrens Foundation and have already started encouraging others to join us.
Hello everyone. I am John Ryan, and I am a living testimony to how great God's grace is working on the Lingap Center. I was born the 7th of 9 siblings in a squatter area in Toledo City, Cebu. My father was a photographer while my mother was a common housewife. She sometimes help my father during peak seasons. Unfortunately, due to the rise of smartphones, his business fluctuated over time. So he decided to become a hired driver of a local jeepney. I often went with him on most of his travels earning what little he could to feed us all. No sooner after that, he met an accident which nearly cost his life. He fractured 3 ribs including his frontal bones (on his skull). I was almost three by then and I did not know what was going on around me. I could only observe him grimacing in pain bearing his ordeal because we do not have any more money to buy his medicines. The third unfortunate event that devastated us was when my mother became diagnosed with a debilitating illness. Half of her body was paralyzed and she was bedridden at the provincial hospital for almost six months. She also developed nosocomial pneumonia and a lot more serious conditions. Sadly, she did not survive it. I was four and my two younger siblings, aged 2, and the other one's 5 months was left on our home ALONE. My older siblings did not know what to do and most of them stopped schooling because we do not have any kind of support to finance our food, my mother's medicines and hospital fees, my baby brother's milk and etc. Not shortly after that, the three of us (aged 4, 2 & 5 m) were also rushed to the hospital. We do not really know what we would do to survive it all. However, one thing that I would not forget from it was how God changed the course of our journey after that "supertyphoon" passed. My sister and my brother was taken custody by the social welfare and was brought to a local orphanage, which was the old Lingap Center (a converted pig slaughterhouse). My father tried to convince me to also go, but I was scared by then and I do not know how I could live along with strangers and losing another parent. So I cried and cried not wanting to be left there. My father brought me home and I get to live with him until I became 6. I thought that life would just stay like those times. No food, being left alone together with my 2 younger brothers at our house and feeding on soups (made by mixing water and rock salts) when my father does not go home early. He goes home at 8 or 9 in the evening and being left alone in our house with my brothers was very unfortunate for us. One day, when I observed one of my playmates going somewhere, I could not help but asked them where they were headed to. They were on white uniforms and black shorts so I was very much confused. When they told me that they were going to school. I asked them more, "what was school look like?" They told me that in school, they get to learn how to read and write in order to become a doctor, police or a teacher in the future. What popped into my mind was the old Lingap Center. I remembered what my father and the staff there that if I let myself be admitted there, I would be able to go to school. That is why, I told my playmates that I am also going to school at a "center". That night, I directly told my father that I now am willing to admit myself in Lingap. I was very excited to finally go to school. When I was in the old Lingap Center. Most of my life changed after it. I get to eat meals even though it was still not enough, but at least I have something to eat. If we do not have snacks during recesses, I do not really mind it because what motivates me was the opportunity to study. My grades at that time were very low though, maybe because I was still disoriented and traumatized by the unfortunate things that happened in my life. When I was in 2nd grade, our nanays (*local language for caretakers/mothers) told us that someone is making a big building for all of us. I got to met one of the most significant persons of my life which is Tito John, and he became a father to us all. He provided everything for us and he always told us that only doing our best in school would be the only thing that he is asking from us. He told us to study harder and to learn all kinds of trades. At the new Lingap Center, we had a big library where we can learn a lot of things. I remember hearing one of our kuyas (*male equivalent of our nanays at the center) when one of the younger kids asked him where to find treasures and golds after watching a movie. He replied that the best gold in the world was in our very own library. I greatly admire his response and it made me love the library more. This way, I get to learn science, facts and everything. When it was our free time, I always go there reading the books and the golds and the treasures it could offer. When I was in secondary school, I took an exam to be able to attend at a science high school in our city. I was one of the top tem takers of not less than 150 takers around our city. However, my life back then was also not always made of cakes and candies. It also had a lot of failures and so much more. Looking back, I suffered from a severe depression because of the unfortunate things that happened to me thinking that no one was behind me or that I am only doing all of this for nothing because I do not have the real mother to support me. That is why, I dropped school and returned to my father. It was at home that I realized that maybe God made me for a purpose. A purpose that I overlook and I never have imagined i could be part of. It was then that i asked Tito John to take me back in and give me a second chance. I guess he was reluctant by then because i was a failure at the first place. I wasted all of my time and his resources just for nothing. But I promised myself that day that i would make up for the things that i lost. I studied harder knowing that a lot of people are behind my back. That they will always be there when I need them. On the middle of the school year, I took a promotional exam (Alternative Learning Center), in order to attend college without going through 3rd and 4th year in high school. When the results was made available, someone told me that no one from the Lingap Center, passed the exam, not even one. I never believed them because I know I could do it and all of it was for the Lingap family. When I checked online and found out that I passed, I was greatly overjoyed. I also was one of the top achievers. I was very excited to start college and when January came, Tito John was at the Center for his annual visit and I excitedly told him that I passed and am very excited to go to college. All of a sudden, he told me that starting college at that state and age was closing to becoming impossible. However, instead of being upset, it made me realize that I should develop more, I should try to show to him that I am more than ready to take that challenge. I continued high school for another year and it was where I developed not only intellectually but also in other aspects of my life. By the way, I still continued my high school education at the science high school because I was not dishonorably dismissed nor committed anything that may harm the school. I attended several activities and held a number of leadership posts at our school. I was part of a supreme student government and a lot more. I became more interested when unique subjects like anatomy, biology and a foreign language (French) was taught there. After that school year, I have accomplished a lot of things that even myself could not imagine. When I presented it to Tito John, I think he was very much impressed at my progress. I even showed him that I was not shy anymore by being one of the host/emcee of our annual Honor Society. I asked him a second time if I could now go to college, and luckily, he admitted me to the Lingap College Scholarship Program. However, I do not yet know what course I will be taking when I apply for college. I applied at my sister Aileen's alma mater, to take up Chemical Engineering. I passed their entrance exam beyond average, but I was still not happy. I could not imagine myself in a laboratory working with chemicals and formulas all my life. I have a passion for it, but I think it doesn't suit me. I think I was made for an even greater purpose. So I told Ate Jojin, our center manager about it and she asked me about what I really wanted in life. Reminiscing the past with my mother and her plight made me realize that I could be of help to someone else suffering the same diseases like her. I could help children and I since imagined myself since her death that I would be a doctor helping those in need. I told her about it and they agreed that I could take medical school. However, more doubts resurfaced after them knowing that I wanted to take up med school. What if I would not finish it? What if I will not like it? and so much more.. Above all these, I still believe that I could prove them wrong. That is why, I started applying for scholarships, and one by one all of my applications were turned down. I did not give up, nor anyone of Lingap did. They supported me all along. With two weeks before the opening of classes, I enrolled myself at a private university in Cebu to take up Medical Technology without any external scholarship. But God was so good, always is and always will be, that someone I do not know from the other side of the world heard my prayers. I met Tita Reina, a supporter of Lingap and a friend of Tito John. She told me that she would try asking La Salle if there was any scholarship vacancies. With less than 5 days before I would be finally enrolled at Cebu, she made me finished my applications and introduced me to a lot of people that I do not know. We had miscommunications happening between us back then, and I realized that the power of the Lord was there to guide us. I almost lost hope and probably my future. Tita Reina and all of those people I met made me realized that even in the last minutes, hope will always be there. I was accepted at La Salle with a 100% scholarship. I am currently taking up Bachelor of Science in Nursing and in my 3rd year already. I am very much grateful to all the people who made all of this possible. I took up Nursing because La Salle do not offer Medical Technology as a course which was my first premed choice. In nursing, I learned a lot of things. I could reflect my life on most of my patients and doing my best in helping them makes me feel worthy. The things I do for them mostly tiring, but the joys after doing it are the ones motivating me right now. Generally, looking back at the rainbow colors of my life, I could only think that I am very much lucky to be at the Lingap Center. Without it and all of its supporters, I would be nothing and those dreams when I was still 3 years old will also remain dreams. But it all changed because i met all of you. Thank you very much. You are all in my prayers. I also would like to extend my gratitude to our heavenly Father. I now am aware of His purpose on my life. Without Him, I would be nothing. May His grace shine on all of you too.
I'm John Ryan and I am one of the Lingap kids. I was admitted at the Center when I was 6 years old back in the April of 2004 at the old Lingap Center, which was literally a converted pig-slaughterhouse. Life before I came to the Lingap Center was pretty hard. I lost my mother because of pneumonia and my father was jobless. He hardly could not provide all the basic needs of our family of 9 children. I cannot eat 3 meals a day or most of the time, eat nothing at all. I was very sickly all those years brought by malnutrition. That is why, I am very thankful and happy for this enormous blessing and all the people behind this project especially to Tito John and his family for they wholistically changed me. I am now very healthy and am studying at a prestigious school outside of Cebu. This would not have happened if not for the Lingap Center who gave me another chance to have a life and an education. Thank you very much!
Bringing a better life to children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected in and around Toledo City, Cebu, Philippines, the efforts and impacts of this life-saving and life-changing center cannot be overstated. The staff who serve these children are focused and dedicated to the mission. It is much more than a job to them. I have helped in the mission of this organization as a fundraiser for 10 years and have been honored to hold the title of "chaplain" for about 7 years.
If you ever visit the Center you will see a wall that honors those children who have not only been saved from abandonment and neglect, but have excelled and earned college degrees! And even if the children do not go on to such educational endeavors, it has been my experience that each and every child who comes to the Lingap Center leaves a changed person. Each experiences love, hope and opportunities to grow in confidence. These are things that will serve them well no matter where they go, in life.
I've attached a photo from my most recent visit, here the children are praying, as they do each night. They pray with hearts grateful for the gift of the Lingap Center, and those who support it. Do know that if you donate, a full 100% of your donation will go to help these children, no portion is used to cover overhead of the foundation.
I have been associated with the Lingap Children's Foundation since 2007, and was named the Chaplain this past year. While I am involved with a number of foreign ministry and outreach, the Lingap Center is priority #1! John Drake's vision and effort to help these children, and the communities they come from is second to none. John's business experience in human resources, was the ideal training for this important work. Is there a greater "human resource" that we need to serve, than orphans?
This is a fabulous non profit and have been donating to them for years! The work they do to save children's lives is incredible!
I've been a donor for "Place At The Table" for several years now. It is my absolute favorite charity. What Mr. Drake has accomplished is totally unbelievable. He's changed the lives of so very many people. Please go to their website, read their story and donate as best as you are able......and don't forget to remember the Lingap Children's Foundation in your prayers.
I can't let 2016 go by without encouraging everyone to vote for the Lingap Childrens Foundation. They have not only rescued these children from the street, but have educated them; hence, their lives will be forever changed. Please go to their website and read of this incredible endeavor. More importantly please consider their "Place At the Table" program. For a mere $300 a year they are able to house, feed and educate a child. This is truly a wonderful program.
I've been donating to and following Lingap since it's inception. It very simply does excellent work, God's work.
I've been associated with LinGap a long time. It is THE MOST OUTSTANDING organization of it's kind.
We've been supporters since Lingaps inception. What they have managed to accomplish for the children is unparalleled. When you meet their graduates, they are truly impressive. This is truly work done with love.
True loving help for the most vulnerable in the Philippines. No child should have to grow up on the streets forgotten and The Lingap Center gives them a loving home. I've donated on a monthly basis since learning of them 4 years ago and am constantly warmed. Y the work they do.
I've been donating to the Center since 2006 and have been to the Center 5 times. It has been the best experience of my life. John took us to visit the schools and homes the children came from. He has saved these children from deplorable conditions and given them a great chance at a new life. The Center and staff are the best. The children love having us there and we love showering with our love. I'm planning on going again this year, and can't wait to see them all
again. Please keep donating to this great Charity.
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.
Greetings to everyone! This is Aileen Bantolinao, a former Lingap ward for almost 12 years. I am now happily married with my wonderful husband Dave and we are now residing in Tucson, Arizona. I spent my elementary and high school years while at Lingap. The Lingap Children's Foundation financed my further education where I attended at the University of San Carlos and completed my Bachelor's Degree in Tourism Management in Cebu City, Philippines. Following my degree completion, I was offered a yearlong internship at the Baltimore Country Club - one of the most Prestigious Clubs in the world. I am very fortunate. All of these wonderful things that I have received would not have been possible without the help and guidance of Tito John Drake, the Founder of the Lingap Children's Foundation who is not just a provider but stands as a great Father figure when our own could not. The guidance, life skills training and values provided by the Lingap Children's Foundation are with me everyday. It is truly an honor to have completed my degree and everyday of my working life will be influenced by my upbringing at Lingap. Now that I am an alumni to the Lingap Children's Foundation, its my honor to help and give back.
I am a former staff of the Lingap Center ,I miss the kids when they sing "God help the outcast "and one of the favorite songs of JFD ."What a wonderful world", the accommodating and very friendly staff.The thought of was being part of the institution makes me proud since I have seen all the successful Lingap kids like Aileen Bantolinao, Rhocsan Baron, Morin Jade Lacay, Mark Jay Tabo and his salutatorian sister Rosemae and others , I felt so bless to know these kids grow and succeeded and these good things happened in the Philippines will not be possible without the help and efforts of an American guy John F. Drake. He is also helping or extending help through community outreach, in schools also like West Bay Learning Center, Toledo Science National School as far as I know since the school principals told me since I am now having my teaching career. I also miss the conversation with the US visitors were we laugh our indifferences, especially Jane and Tita Judy also. You need not to be the president of the Philippines just to help those who are in need . To all US supporters, in behalf of all Toledanos\ Filipinos we owe you all a lot .
I am very grateful to be part of the Lingap Center since 2007, I would take this opportunity to thank my boss Sir John Drake, for accepting my imperfections and willing to accept me for who I am. Being a Filipino it is very hard for me to cope up, but you try to understand me as well as the other staff. i am also thankful to Tita Judy of course, to the travellers keep coming and spread the GOOD NEWS and to all the Lingap Supporters, in behalf of the kids and staff, THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I joined the Lingap Children's Foundation as a social worker since 2013. I have been working to several residential cares for disadvantaged children but I find the big difference because at Lingap we work as a real family. The staff considered the children as their own. We showed our genuine love and care where these kids are being deprived of such. We inculcate in them the good moral values, empowered to stand and protect their rights and you can see them being transformed dramatically. Children whose knowledge is only to beg and just lived on the streets, hopeless and no education but once they arrived at Lingap the transformation began. As a social worker, I find my greatest achievement seeing the kids changed and I salute the founder, Mr. John Drake for making difference of the lives our less privileged children.
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.
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.