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.
As a professional with expertise in this field, I recognize the extraordinary work being done at Lingap, using wonderful best-practices. As a result of their consistent great work, I am now both a volunteer and regular donor. John Drake and this group are committed, passionate professionals with a wildly successful program, that should be copied by other organizations.
John Drake is tireless in telling people the good news of the many successes of the Lingap Center. He has visited our church several times and is generous with his time, answering questions, showing photos, and telling stories. The children who find food, shelter, and education through Lingap are thriving, and several are now in college. (One has graduated college!) The Lingap Foundation is truly working miracles! My family donates to a program called "A Place at the Table" that helps the Center buy food for the kids. We consider this money very well invested! They also have a talented choir, and they sound like angels!
Tito John drake your generosity and kindness have change the many lives of the most vulnerable in the Philippine society specially in Toledo City and neighboring Municipalities. and were looking forward that you will not left them until they can stand in their own feet, and these children are loved by GOD cause this is his kingdom and all of us here are trying to be good to them to be an effective worker in his vineyard and i know that you have a big heart for all of them. thank you for the opportunity that i remain as a house parent in this institution for almost 12 years. we thank also the benefactors who have also generous and kind to all of them. GOD BLESS
You’re such a great man in this world Tito John. Without lingap center we don’t know where they go. And what future they had, and for sure Tito John the lingap kids has a bright future It because of you, thank you for saving the lives for as many of the children here at Toledo City, you’re so great and a good Father, Thank you,,,,,,, God Bless
Tito John Drake as the kids called him at the Lingap Center.He was a man of compassion,who devote himself for the sake of the less fortunate children,not only in Toledo City but in the whole Phils.as well.who gave unconditional love to the children.He was an Angel sent by the Almighty to the people of Toledo and to the Phils.I am working here in Lingap Center for six years and proud to say that I am happy working with children and to Tito John Drake and to his wife Tita Judy, who supported this foundation and to the sponsors and supporters of this foundation, Thank you so much ,we assure you that your donations will be useful for the Kids to become a successful citizen of the Phil.society. To Tito John Drake and Tita Judy Thank you so much..God Bless you all...
I’m serving at the Lingap center for 2 years now. I am very thankful to Tito John, Tita Judy, Tito Dave, and Fr. Geoff and to all donors who helped the Lingap kids in achieving their dreams in life. We are proud say that the Lingap Kids are amazing and talented. All the donations you gave truly go to the kids. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP.. GOD BLESS US ALWAYS..
My first visit at Lingap was during my first interview. I was really impressed with the facility. Second time, was when I met John Drake, the man behind the wonderful works. I was not only impressed but I am AMAZED! Then came my third visit, my life changing experience. I have worked with wonderful hearts to help my less fortunate brothers and sisters in the Philippines. I am with you Tito John and Tita Judy.....
Not everyone has a chance of serving this kids and I'm so lucky to be one of those who served them. I may not be helping them financially but working with them is a big challenge to each of us. Felt bad when they failed and it feels like winning a victory if they got high scores in their exams, participated in MATH QUIZZES,seeing them heading the march during the school's parade, wearing a smile to be on stage to accepts their awards,participated in CiVil Service month in Toledo City Hall,seeing them making a 3 layers of Wedding cakes, seeing them making a candles for the SIFE, seeing them singing in the church as a choir, seeing them talking confidently with the foreign visitors, seeing them in their uniforms, like a navy or something and made a salute, feels so good to know that your a part of their endeavors.Thank You Tito John for making this possible and Tita Judy for supporting Tito John, to all the supporters and everyone of you who made this happened to the Lingap kids.
I am very happy and grateful that I have a chance to work here at Lingap Center. I been working here for six years now. Our kids here got chance to have a good education, food, shelter and spiritual development. They have safe and secured place to live in. We have community outreach. With your supports and donations that really make the difference in their lives of each children here, it's a great honor and a privilege to say; THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU...DONORS, SUPPORTERS, BENEFACTORS AND TO TITO JOHN AND TITA JUDY AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY.
I have been connected with the Lingap family for more than 6 years already. I already experienced high's and low's while serving these children. But at the end of the day, I am very thankful to work with Tito John and Tita Judy. They really has a loving and compassionate heart to help the needy children of the Philippines.
I have been working at the Lingap Center for almost 12 years, since before. It was under the management of the DSWSD, and it was privatized last 2008. A lot of children were being saved because of the Lingap Center, especially with John Drake, he give all the needs of the children and in the community. He's touching the lives of the Filipino kids, and especially to all Toledanos,due to the programs that we have, the 3rd Saturday Program, the Education of the children,aside from safety and security of the children. He gave the children a shelter,and everything that life has to offer he gave everything for the kids and most especially the unconditional love.He is a heaven sent from above.
I am the sector manager of Peace Corps Philippines managing the Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Services Project. Lingap Children's Foundation is one of the strong partners of our project. I work with so many child caring organization in the country and Lingap is probably one of the top 10% with regards to excellent service in the development of the children. When it comes to serving the children in especially difficult circumstances, Lingap definitely have a very high standard. Working with Lingap as a partner has been a pleasant experience for me.
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