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.
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?
In 2009 I volunteered at the Lingap Center. Today, I am still in touch with some of the young people I met during my life changing experience. They are going to college, becoming successful adults, and becoming worthwhile citizens. When one came to the U.S. two summers ago I took her around one of the area universities. Her soul mission, to give back and help others. I continually hear from these young adults; the Lingap Center made the difference. Where would they be today without the Center?
We are now donors and active supporters of Lingap. The university where I teach, I always share about the work at the Lingap Center. Poor children are capable, poor children have potential, and poor children do not chose to be poor. This center is living testimony of quality work in our world. This first hand testimony to college students is always motivating to them. They always discuss their desire to do more with the poor in the U.S. and around the world. Lingap is a living legacy that needs to replicated throughout the world.
This is one of the most worthy causes that could be imagined, what they are doing in there small area of the world is truly, truly a Miracle! They are not only teaching ones to fish but they are teaching that it is important to teach others to fish! They are not just putting these children in a better place, they are making the world a better place, and their goodness will ripple through the world noticed and unnoticed but we will all find it a better for all of us! God Bless all that contribute small and large, and bless all the hope and smiles it brings to those innocent children!
I volunteered with the Lingap Center from 2008 through 2010, and I can say that it is simply amazing how far the donations to the Center go. The board of directors and employees of the center do everything they can to efficiently put all donations to the best use possible. I visited multiple orphanages in the Philippines, and the Lingap Center was by far the best. John Drake, the board of directors, and the employees at the Lingap Center all strive to give the best possible care to the orphaned and impoverished child of Toledo City. To put it simply, the Lingap Center saves lives, and gives opportunities to children that they may never have dreamed possible.
Lingap Children's Foundation not only provides the basic needs of the abandoned, abused and neglected children, founder John Drake's passion in ensuring the children's well being far extends his personal relationship with EACH and EVERY child and Lingap staff. John Drake knows every single Lingap child by name, by personal history, and by their respective academic achievements because he personally sits down with each child and looks them straight in the eye to let them know the importance of education. Tito John as he is fondly called instills empowerment in every child for them to thrive from survival to potential and self sustainability.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
- Mahatma Gandhi
If you at a point in your life that you have time to "give back" or "pay forward" I suggest that you take the time to do your homework before you haphazardly donate your time and effort. I too was in your shoes and looking for charity organizations that were making a difference in the world, but were doing so without high administrative costs or by making the creators and management wealthy. Lingap was created by John Drake, one for most selfless men I have met and he has created a miracle for these children by giving 100% of donations directly to the organization. I am very proud of my time, efforts and donations to help the Lingap Children's Foundation as I know they are very appreciated and is being managed by the best steward I know - John Drake! My hope is that you will give generously, but give WISELY, in your quest to share your good fortune.
Tina S. Walther - 734-395-8212
If you have not met John Drake and heard about The Lingap Center you have missed an unbelievable miracle! He has created growth and beauty from a desperate situation. I didn't think I could add another thing to my plate, but found it is so easy when I realized what John has and is accomplishing. His presentation that details the the struggles they have endured and the successes they have had should be shown at every organization - especially ones that kids are involved in.
I am thrilled to have met John and his cause and feel blessed every time I contribute or have any interaction with such a noble cause!
My involvement in joining such a dedicated group as the Lingap Children's Foundation has truly opened my eyes to the needs of the children. You need only to see the growth in the children to realize the foundation is non stop in creating new avenues for the children to learn, have proper nutrition, community involvement and the necessary medical care. The program A Place at the Table really makes me feel like an extended family member to the children and now many young adults.
The joy in knowing a child who was found in dire need is currently part of an apprenticeship in the USA makes my commitment one that will be life long. I am on the committee formed within our church.
I am impressed with the founders who came to us seeking support and have continued to be with us at meetings and socials. They heard their calling and embraced it. God Bless them all who have made this foundation part of their stewardship.
Transfiguration Catholic Church
I have worked with the Lingap ministry in my church for the last few years. Never have I seen an organization more focused on the children and their success than with Lingap. I've seen the lives saved by the personal intervention of one of board members who happened to be making house visits during his stay in Lingap. I've seen kids go from being banned from entering the church building to being a valued member of the choir. I've seen kids learning how to cook well enough to earn money using these skills. I've seen children discovered who have incredible scientific minds. I've seen children able to succeed in elementary and high school, and now they are proceeding on to college and tech schools. They are becoming productive citizens in a country where they were given little or no chance. Lingap should be a model for centers that focus on the success of children who, otherwise, would have no chance in the world. Please support Lingap in any way you can.
I am amazed at the progress they have made in the Lingap organization. I have met some of the children that have come over they are simple amazing. They have defiantly put the money to good use.
I am a member of our church ministry who supports the Lingap Center and my husband and I support A Place at the Table. We have had the privilege to meet John Drake and also a few of the children from the Lingap center. They are all truly amazing. The story of how John started the center is heartwarming. I encourage everyone to look at the website and read the stories and look at the pictures and videos. This is truly what life is about. Caring and supporting those in need. The fact that 100 percent of our donations go directly to the Lingap Center speaks volumes. Last year our 24 year old son gave us the most perfect Christmas gift. He made a donation to the Lingap Center in our name. He was so moved by what he saw on the website and realized that making a donation was the perfect gift.
Lingap Children’s Foundation is HOPE for a brighter future, a PROMISE for lost, abandoned, abused, forgotten and some nearly dead children providing food, shelter, education and a safe haven. It offers opportunity for the forsaken innocent children. Founder John Drake works passionately and tirelessly for such a worthwhile cause. ‘Tito John’ as he is fondly called by the children and staff of Lingap, answered God’s call and is a living witness to Mother Teresa’s words “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” Tito John went BEYOND helping the one nearest him commuting from Michigan, USA keeping his promise in support of Lingap. Know that your financial support help RESCUE innocent neglected lives and serve as a LIFELINE making a difference for a lifetime. 100% of donations go to Lingap Children’s Foundation.
I had the opportunity to help assess the area education offered to the Lingap children a few years ago while visiting the Lingap Center. The experience was life changing. The children now attend private schools and are flourishing. They did attend schools where it was not unusual to have 50-60 students in a very small classroom. They had to copy from a blackboard everything. They had no textbooks. The difference the staff have seen with their educational growth today and what took place then has been astounding.
These children are always so appreciative, prayful, and loving. I am still in touch with some of the children and they continue to move forward despite their past hardships. I witnessed firsthand how all our donations are used. Wow...every cent is used for a good purpose.
The Street Program is a living testimony of "greatness in action". The entire Lingap Center is a gift to the world in so many ways.
My wife and I have volunteered for the Lingap Children's Foundation for the last four years. Every year we love doing everything we can because we know 100% of our efforts directly impact the children. It is such a great organization that gives these children a new chance at living. Love everything about it!
My wife and I have helped volunteer at Lingap Children's Foundation fundraisers, and I can honestly say that the time and effort that John and Judy put forth at all times is simply amazing. I think that many of us don't realize the true impact we can have on a child's life halfway around the world, just by simply donating our time and money to this wonderful cause. Getting to meet some of the children from the Lingap Center at these events has given me an even greater appreciation for the work that John and Judy do. They are truly wonderful people, and I can only hope to be that giving in my future years.
As a volunteer for the Lingap Children's Foundation, I have had frequent contact with President and founder of the organization, John Drake, as well as his wife, Judy. Both John and Judy have made it their life mission to serve the needy children of The Lingap Center by making their lives incredibly better with love, support, encouragement, healing, schooling (in addition to food, housing and medical care). Not only have they changed the lives of the children at the center for the better, but they have reached out even further to educate street children and provide food to those needy people in the area. The impact the Lingap Children's Foundation has made in so many lives is indescribable. The most recent great accomplishment they have seen includes children that grew up at the center and are now college graduates. It is an honor to volunteer for such an honest and downright incredible organization.
As a committee member of the Lingap benefit, I was completely impressed with the way that John Drake runs the organization. He puts 110% towards the children and the betterment of their lives. I have never seen anyone so committed to a cause as John is to the Lingap Foundation. His enthusiasm for the cause is definitely contagious.
Review from Guidestar
The Lingap Center took children who once lived in a slaughter house and gave them each shelter, food, education, and most importantly, a loving family. Mr. John Drake loves all of the Lingap kids like his own, and always keeps their interests at the center of his goals. Every cent of every donation is used to directly benefit the lives of these kids whom Mr. Drake ensures their success. There is no better place to donate if you want your money to truly make the world a better place.
I am so impressed with the way that The Lingap Children's Foundation operates. Their care for the children in the Philippines, their financial transparency, and each worker's personal conviction are all reasons that I am happy to support The Lingap Children's Foundation's work.
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.
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 .
John Drake and I rode the school bus together over 50 years ago. When he came to my Rotary club when Lingap was in the planning phrase, he captured our spirit, our hearts and our imagination. His plan was simple and it did not involve millions of dollars. I think he needed $300,000 to get Lingap center converted. That struck me as a goal that was reachable and one that our club's contribution could really amount to something. Thank you John for enriching our lives, by being apart of the tremendous success of the Lingap Center. Praise be to God.
Our Rotary Club has followed and given financial support to the Lingap Foundation, since it's creation. We got excited about this organization because we are a small club and we were able to make meaningful contrbution to a wonderful project that has literlly saved the lives of so many children. I have know the John Drake since high school, and I can verify his integrity, talent and commitment toward Lingap. He makes every dollar go so fall toward making the school so successful.
Review from Guidestar
Lingap Childrens Foundation is the most legitimate charitable organization that we have ever known. We personally know John and Judy Drake who founded the orphanage. 100% of donations goes to the children of Lingap. They have devoted their life (heart and soul) to the welfare of at least 100 children that are housed,fed,clothe and most of all educated. They have instilled moral as well as spiritual being of each child. Lately, they have extended their programs to the other street kids in the Community of Toledo City in Cebu, Philippines. Please consider helping unfortunate children in Cebu.