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 !
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.
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.
Lingap saves lives as well as educating. Thanks for your service.!
The Lingap Children's Foundation does amazing work in the lives of children who would otherwise be forgotten and disregarded by society. Their mission is strong and their successes speak to the organizations strong leadership and quality.
The Lingap Center performs a beautiful and necessary work for children in the Philippines. They lovingly care for those who need it most, and have been able to bring many out of extreme poverty and abuse. I would love to see their reach expand in the future.
The Lingap Center continues to prove that it is commited day in and day out to the advancement of opportunity for children. They believe in the potential of young people and are active in its cultivation. Through the sacrifice and the purpose of the center, hope is brought to many children. It is by this result that the Lingap center earns my highest praise.
Several years ago, I discovered John Drake and the Lingap Foundation and what they were doing for needy children of the Philippines. Over several months of interacting with him and the group, I was inspired by John's unquenchable drive and passion to sincerely help so many young people who needed help. To this day I hope to find even a fraction of John's devotion to Lingap's mission. I still regularly read the letters and updates he and his staff send without fail to those interested in the organization's developments, and have been truly impressed to watch its steady growth and real impact on the lives of children in the Philippines. I do not doubt that that country is a better place because of John and the staff of the Lingap Foundation.
Long ago it was said that arranging the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer was impossible. "The best winter games ever" said Mr Samaranch, and President of the Lillehammer Olympic Organizing Committee could say, they said it was impossible, but we did it.
My first encounter with Lingap was in an abandoned slaughterhouse in Tubod. It was a miserable place and we did what we could to improve conditions for residents there. Then someone told me that an American, Mr John Drake, had plans to build a new center for 100 children and teenagers. Many were skeptical, but I think that the word impossible is not in John's vocabulary. Now he can say, we did it. He, his wife and all his able assistants.
The new Lingap Center is equally well adapted to the purpose, all structures to the Olympic Games in Lillehammer. The best.
PS. I live in Lillehammer, Norway.
I am happy for the Lingap Children that they have somebody like John Drake who really extended an amazing effort to help these children. He is one of a kind, I would say thank you for giving your heart to the Toledanos...Because of you John, these children are assured of their future.
This article tells you why the Lingap center is so vital to the children and to the people in the surrounding villages. People who have nothing give all thay they have to the Lingap center. The actions of those so less fortunate than us speak volumes of what the Lingap center is all about.This article will tug at your heart. Read this and you be the judge of the importance of the Lingap Center. This update letter is going to be a bit different from previous editions. As you will recall, Itypically try to tell you how the Lingap children are doing and I am very pleased to announcethat all are doing just fine. The school year is moving along and all have survived the firstmarking period. Our 15 college students are doing remarkably well and our two collegegraduates have landed jobs with the Marriott Hotel in Cebu City!!, jIn this edition, I would like to focus on one of our other important outreach activities. In August,Fr. Geoff Rose, OSFS, the Lingap Chaplain, went with me to visit the Lingap Center (his fifthvisit). Along with the Lingap staff and LonnieCooper, our Peace Corps volunteer, we tookthe opportunity to celebrate Mass at several ofthe squatter villages in the area. The followingweekend, Fr. Geoff conducted a community-wide retreat at St. John de Sahagun CatholicChurch in Toledo City. We used an interpreterwhich was a unique but tremendous and funexperience for all of us!The squatter villages providethe roots for some of theLingap children and many stillhave families living there. It is at these locations that we hold our StreetChildren's Education programs five days a week. Fr. Geoff and I, however,wanted to reach out to the street children's families and extended families in adifferent manner. It was the first time that many of the villagers had ever been toa formal church service and we did it in their own little communities (outside). Itwas really a touching and unbelievably rewarding moment. One thing that struckme especially, was when they took up a collection afterward -- for us!! In onelocation, they donated the equivalent of $1.61 and at a second location, approximately $0.83.Clearly we were not expecting donations, but they wanted to give back for all that has been donefor them! The donations came directly from their hearts and they were given to us with a senseof amazing pride and joy.In one village, a lady prepared a feast for us after Mass consisting of rice, roasted chicken and(warm) Coke. I seriously doubt that her family had ever had a meal like the one she hadprepared in our honor. It was her way of expressing gratitude to us for taking the time to visitand especially for celebrating Mass together with them. They were so honored to have a priest and me visit their homes that our hostess did everything she could for us. She was crying as we Celebrated Mass in Larap Village
She served us because it was such an unbelievable honor for her family. She refused to join us since it was her ‘privilege’ to serve us. We had to eat it of course, but we left as much as we could soshe would have food for her children. These villagers have nothing - nothing at all and live inthe worst possible poverty - yet they took up a collection during Mass and then later fed us!! Itsimply demonstrates that those who have nothing are the most generous of all. I am reminded once again of one of my favorite quotes from Bob Pierce who said: "Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God." My heart was certainly broken, yet filled with joy - it isreally difficult to describe my feelings in this situation. But I will freely admit that I absolutelylove the work that we do.As mentioned, the villagers seldom, if ever, had attended a formal church service. The church istoo far away for most of them and travel is difficult at best. Further, they are not particularlywelcome or at least they don't feel that they are. On the following Saturday evening, as we weredoing the community-wide retreat at the church, to our amazement, many of the villagers cameand filled in the front pews! I knew they were there because I could see them through my tears.Fr. Geoff added: "What an honor and a privilege it was to bring the Mass to these villagers.They were powerful experiences of the Body of Christ. To see many of those same faces come tothe retreat, told me that we had definitely accomplished our goals for this week!"This is just one of many examples in which the Lingap Center is empowering those who are lessfortunate. While our focus is always on the children, we are concerned about their communitiesand families as well. All of you, our supporters and Place at the Table sponsors, have made thispossible. It would not have happened without you. I can only thank you all so much for makingit possible. Together, all of us really are making a very big difference in many lives, both youngand old.As I remember those moments in the squatter villages, I am reminded of a quote from Jonas Salkin which he said:"I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.”
I have been a supporter of the Lingap Center for the past several years and can say without a doubt the John Drake has done tremendous work over a relatively short period of time helping the less fortunate in the Philippines. I will continue to support the organizations efforts for as long as I can. To all the supporters involved, I say keep up the good work and may God bless you. Glenn C
This is a dynamic organization one with the sole mission of helping kids. John Drake is dedicated to this mission of helpingt these kids (the throw away kids of this region) to make a live for themselves, which without this Center, they would be illiterate and street beggers. I call John Drake Saint John because of his dedication and caring and his motivation to help these kids. John seeks every avenue of support for this caring and life changing mission. The Lingap Center deserves ever donation that they receive. Karen Randall
This is such a worthy charity. Street children and orphans are put in a caring home and sent to school to be productive and model members of society. Truly changing their future for the best. You can go to their website and see the joy in these children's faces. All donations are applied 100% for the benefit of the children. A foundation truly founded on LOVE.
The Lingap Children's Foundation is outstanding, if you are looking for an exceptional charity. The donations are 100% applied for the benefit of the orphans and the operation of the orphanage . My daughter and her husband went to visit this facility and were so impressed on how the children are so well-mannered, cheerful , and healthy. They have a family-like environment, with the older ones caring for the younger ones. They have well-rounded personalities and go to the schools in their locality. They are being taught self-sufficiency and trained to be future contributing members of society. Some of them are going to college and high school . Do go to their website and see for yourself.
My husband, Lonnie Cooper, is a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines. His "assignment" to the Lingap Center was my introduction to this wonderful facility. I have been visiting with him at the Center for the past two weeks now and I find it to be a terrific place for kids to feel safe and secure. The children are wonderful, talented and very engaged in their studies. The staff is most helpful and excellent with the kids. I could not imagine a better facility anywhere! I have spoken with John Drake (and will meet himm in person today). His heart is full of love and pride for the Center -- as it should be.
My encounter with the Lingap foundation is perhaps a little different. I became aware of a situation with youth homelessness in Ormoc city, Leyte. In trying to find more information about the social support available there, the name of the Lingap foundation kept coming up over and over.
So I contacted the Lingap foundation looking for information about social services available in Ormoc, and John replied to me very generously, in detail, and over a period of some days.
The point I would like to make is that the Lingap foundation is not only providing a very unique mission in it's local area, but it is also exceeding it's mandate by providing information to interested parties about the broader situation in surrounding areas. The flow-on effects of this are doubtless hard to quantify, but are extremely important.
Thanks to John, I achieved a much clearer understanding of the situation throughout the region, and was put in touch with the people most likely to help. Through this I have learned:
That the Lingap foundation is providing a unique and vital service to these poor children in an area where there is next to no other social support for vulnerable kids. I'm not prone to hyperbole, but can honestly say that my impression of the Lingap foundation is that of a small, single light shining in the middle of a dark field.
That the mission of the Lingap foundation rightly emphasizes education as a way of breaking the cycles of poverty.
That this is a rare and unique effort in this particular part of the world.
That the impacts of that effort extend well beyond it's geographical and operational mandate, as in my case.
I highly, highly commend John for his generosity and passion, and the Lingap foundation for providing a beachhead of hope. May the momentum be supported and grow.
I have closely followed the story of the Lingap Childrens Center since its inception. It is a modernday miracle. John Drake started with nothing and has loved into existence a wonnderful center which allows children to become healthy, schooled and be loved. I only wish I was wealthy because I would give generously. It bring tears to your eyes to hear the chilldren talk about their new lives. At present their are 14 children in college. Wow that is great success with former street children.
Foundation Director John Drake contacted me 2 years ago to help with a video project for a fundraising event for this charity. Since that time I've become aware of the incredible work that is being done to make a REAL difference in the lives of these children - giving them dignity, love, education, and opportunity for a better future. John and Judy Drake, the Foundation Board, and the staff at The Lingap Center do this for all the right reasons. I am 100% confident in their motivation and just as impressed by their results.