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.